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 A Day At The Montshire


Early this morning, FrogDaddy and Alby packed up their lunch, camera equipment and took a drive north to Norwich, VT. We were on our way to the Montshire Museum of Science!

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Montshire is located off exit 13 of I-91 in Norwich, VT, five miles north of White River Junction, VT. It is directly across the Connecticut River from Hanover, NH, home of Dartmouth College.
Open year round 7 days a week.

We paid our entrance fee, a total of $14.00, and stepped into a world that young and old alike can't be anything but totally fascinated with. It was chock full of all those great things you learned in the early years of science in elementary and middle school. Exhibits that really fuel thoughtfullness and soooo tastefully done. So much is hands on for children that they just are astonished by what's around them.

Exhibits on:
Water and Flow
Natural History & The Environment
Math, Mechanics and Motion
Live Animals
Light and Vision
Air and Weather
and that's just part of it! Outside was full of winter exhibits like snow arches, igloos and much more. Definetly not to be missed.

So worth the trip! For the small fee charged to enter and support the museum, this trip has to be called a "no brainer" for anyone living near or passing by, that has children, grand children or is a child at heart.

Below are a few pics we took and a link to this fascinating place so close to our home. Enjoy them ... and go visit:-).

Outside The Montshire - the highest point of the building is a weather station!

Looking down from the weather station.

Part of the current display of 'Fossils and Dinosaurs'.

Alby at the Sand Scape. Sand and air current create mini sand dunes.

Part of the current display 'Crime Scene Investigation'.

In the weather station. How Fog moves. Alby's favorite.

Montshire History: - taken from Montshire's website

After the closing of Dartmouth College's natural history museum, a group of area educators persuaded the college to donate specimens and other resources in support of a new community science center. The new organization was incorporated in 1974, taking its name from a combination of the words "Vermont" and "New Hampshire." Originally housed in a former bowling alley on Lyme Road in Hanover, N.H., the Montshire opened its doors to the public on January 10, 1976.

Following a $3.8 million capital campaign, the Montshire opened its new building on the other side of the Connecticut River in November 18, 1989. Nearly all the funds were raised from local sources.

In 2002, the Museum opened the new outdoor Science Park as the result of a $4.2 million capital campaign. Also in 2002, the Museum opened the Leonard M. Rieser Learning Center, which provides 10,000 square feet of new exhibit space. Montshire is a visitor center for the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.

FrogDaddy strongly recommends this trip for eveyone

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