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!
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