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Address: 1 Montshire Rd, Norwich, VT 05055-9334
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+1 802-649-2200
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

The Montshire is an award-winning hands-on science museum. You'll...

The Montshire is an award-winning hands-on science museum. You'll experience over 140 exciting exhibits relating to the natural and physical sciences, ecology, and technology. As a 110-acre museum on the Connecticut River, there's always plenty to explore, both indoors and out! Open daily 10-5. Summer Admission (May 17-September 7) $16 for adults, $13 for children 2-17. Regular Admission: $14 for adults, $11 for children 2-17 Two day passes available. Free for members and children under 2 years of age. Water exhibits in outdoor Science Park are on mid-May through early October.

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Great place for kids

It was great to see our 2 kids18 months and 4 yo. exploring and discovering with no restriction to what they could touch. They also have a great outdoor space.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 June 2015
Julie B
Quebec, Canada
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Quebec, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2015

It was great to see our 2 kids18 months and 4 yo. exploring and discovering with no restriction to what they could touch. They also have a great outdoor space.

1 Thank Julie B
Berlin, Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2015

Took our 2 kids, aged 4 and 6, and was an excellent way to spend an afternoon. Inside, there were really fun interactive and educational exhibits, outside a fun water play area as well as walks through woods. Was fun for the adults also. We could have spent a full day there had we the time, thoroughly recommended.

3 Thank Gareth P
Brooklyn, New York
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2015 via mobile

As a science tea he to expected this to be fun and always anticipate it catering to children but the prices of admission is ridiculous for a small "museum" and for the fact it caters to 6 year olds and below! They do not have teacher or student discounts or elderly.... Not worth a visit unless you have little little... More 

3 Thank shutrixie
Little Silver, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2015

We were pleasantly surprised by this wonderful museum for kids (and adults). I loved the bees and ant colonies and the bubble station. Kids, yound and old, will enjoy the inside and be amused by the outside. The grounds have several hiking trails of different difficulties and tables for picnics (stop by King Arthur Flour to get food).

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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2015

Can't say anything bad about this museum. It's a very manageable size with great exhibits that interest my 5, 8 and 10 year olds, as well as my 40ish year old husband! We love to visit in the summer when the water exhibits are working outside. Great place to bring a picnic. We are now members (despite living 1.5 hours... More 

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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2015

Just echoing what many others have said previously. We have travelled to many different children's museums in several different states, and this is by far one of the best. It's the perfect size, very engaging, with a "hands-on" focus to all of its exhibits. We live 1.5 hours away, but visit this museum at least 6 times a year because... More 

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Torrington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2014

My 10 year old son LOVED this museum! He could have stayed all day (and wanted to!) We stayed about 2.5-3 hours, and would have stayed longer if we didn't have other plans. There are lots of different activities that we both enjoyed - three or four floors of activities and hands on exhibits! I love that there are outdoor... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2014 via mobile

Kids loved this place! I have to say, there are a lot of things I learned myself and there were some great puzzles that I had to be dragged out by my wife from because they were very challenging for me. There were exhibits in physics and mechanics as well as exhibits detailing the lives of real bees and ants.... More 

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Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2014

I must admit I was very skeptical when I went into the museum. My sister, a biology student at Dartmouth, really wanted to go, but all I saw were little kids. So we paid the $13 entry -- a bit pricey if you ask me -- and went in. As I walked around the animal exhibits on the first floor... More 

1 Thank Clara R
Burlington, VT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2014

Great for young ones and old ones! We had a great time! We will be sure to return. The outside trails are a lot of fun!

Thank Heather G

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