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“A Special Regional Science Museum!”

Montshire Museum of Science
Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Norwich
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 17 April 2014

This is a wonderful regional museum, especially for children and grownups, with attractive, modern architecture and interesting scientific exhibits, many of which are interactive. There are also rotating special exhibitions, the latest being "Sustainable Shelter." For current information, check their website at:


In addition to the interactive exhibits, there are live exhibits, such as native fish (including Atlantic salmon), frogs, and turtles (especially fascinating when hatching) in the aquarium area, an ant colony, and a beehive (with bees coming and going from a special opening in a window). But don't forget to spend time opening some of the exhibit drawers in the wooden cabinets and seeing fascinating artifacts, such as fossils, bird's eggs, bird's nests, and snake skins. And, if you have never seen a moose closeup, there is a beautifully preserved, full-sized, male moose that you can measure against your own height. You will be impressed!

Outdoor exhibits are always a joy to visit at the Montshire, especially in late spring, summer, and the fall. They include interactive water features (here are turned off, however, during the winter months), trails to explore local flora and fauna (some with lovely views of the Connecticut River), and a garden devoted to native plants.

Truly, a paradise!

Thank Bear59
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"outdoor water"
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"hiking trails"
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"hands on activities"
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"leaf cutter ants"
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"great for kids"
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"never tire"
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"exhibits change"
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"rainy day"
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

Can learning be fun and educational ? Over 100 acres of grounds, summertime activities for the entire family plus special age groups scheduled as needed. People from all over the world stop by to visit this fun museum. Leaf cutter ants from south America have a habitat here growing their young and cutting leafs. If you listen carefully you learn that these ants do not eat leafs, they cut them, chew them and spit them on the fungi and store this fungi for food.

So much to learn about so many things.

Thank DorcieMitchell
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Reviewed 2 April 2014 via mobile

This is a great museum. I worked here as a teen and it has expanded and become something great!! The grounds are spectacular, and I recommend going in the summer so you can walk around. This is the perfect place to bring the kids on a rainy day!

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Reviewed 4 March 2014

Always something fun, interesting and educational for the whole family. A top notch museum in a tiny little New England village. Plan for extra time 3 hrs. at least - the kids will want to run around and see everything twice. Opportunities for hands on participation.

Thank marlis3623
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Reviewed 20 February 2014

Whenever we are in this area, we make it a point to visit the Montshire. And it's always so wonderful! The staff is so fun and so eager to educate us on the exhibits. The leafcutter ants fascinate us! We have never been fortunate enough to see the Queen ant however. She is a recluse! Our daughter loves to participate in the science discovery experiences that are offered, and although the museum is small, she never tires of it. In her mind, it's never time to leave!

This museum offers interesting and educational exhibits, hands-on fun and staff who can't wait to share their knowledge and make learning fun. This is a great take, and fun for young and old alike.

If you have the chance to go to the Montshire, do it and don't miss out on this wonderful experience!

Thank HappyTravelersfromMA
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