In warm-weather months, visitors are invited to explore water exhibits centered around The Rill, a 250-foot long watercourse that takes a meandering path from the Museum toward the Connecticut River. The Rill flows down a series of terraces, and visitors can manipulate dams and sluices to change the water’s direction or volume. Young hydrologists can store up a mini-flood and then release it to the lower part of the Rill.
David Goudy Science Park features additional hands-on exhibits on light, sound, motion, astronomy, and natural history. Two kiosks highlight New England insects, birds, and mammals, while the Wind Wall “paints” patterns in reflective disks on the Museum tower. Science Park is also the launching point for a walking tour of the solar system, a great demonstration of the relative size of the planets and the distances between them.
With 110-acres and five miles of nature trails, you’ll find plenty to do outside at the Montshire!
Making Music delves into the inner workings of all things musical, from cellos and pianos to saxophones and electronic synthesizers. The 2,500-square-foot exhibition invites visitors to play authentic instruments, as well as some they’ve created themselves. Along the way, multimedia exhibits share compelling stories of musicians, scientists, and craftspeople, highlighting practices rooted in tradition—and some that spring from relatively new techniques and materials.
Saturday, September 22, the Montshire will host a Day for Science, a FREE community event that celebrates the importance of science. Enjoy a day packed with hands-on science activities for all ages.
– Play a tune on a see-through piano, find out how an accordion works, rock out with friends, and make your own instruments at the recently-opened Making Music exhibition.
– Feed our leaf cutter ants, weigh a moose antler, and check out a variety of reptiles and birds’ eggs at Discovering the Natural World.
– Create a bubble bigger than your head at Bubbles: Science in Soap or build a tower taller than you at Big Blue Blocks.
– Take in the beautiful Fall weather on one of our many nature trails. From the River Loop Trail to the Planet Walk, there’s a path for every skill level.
How did Vermonters live in the past? What tools did they make and how did they make them? What has happened in the Upper Connecticut Valley during the last 12,900 years, and, most importantly, how do we know?
Find out for yourself at Archaeology Day—a day-long celebration of us—the humans! Examine real artifacts in our discovery lab, watch stone tool and pottery making demonstrations, be your own history detective at our site clues simulation, get your hands messy at the pottery workshop, throw an atlatl, and talk to real local archaeologists!
Archaeology Day at the Montshire is part of Vermont Archaeology Month.
Mushrooms and other fungi are commonly seen on the forest floor in autumn. But how can you tell which ones are edible and which ones should be avoided? Join expert Faith Hunt on this annual foray that will introduce you to a spectacular variety of local fungi. The program concludes with an opportunity to sample some of the day’s edible finds.