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A Unique Night Out, an Educational Forum, and More: Adult Programs at The Montshire Museum of Science

Jan 18, 2019 12:03PM ● By Kevin
The Montshire Museum of Science  offers an array of science programs for adults throughout the year. So, if you’re looking to get out and do something unique, new, fun, or indoors (because, hey, it’s cold outside), there are some interesting options for you in this Norwich staple.

While programs are generally taught by Montshire’s professional education staff, the museum also partners with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) and [email protected]  to expand its science offerings for adults.

The museum provides a hands-on experience on its 100-acre site along the Connecticut River, offering more than 150 exhibits relating to the natural and physical sciences, ecology, and technology. The outdoor space includes miles of trails and David Goudy Science Park, which features water exhibits.

Right now, there are four types of adult programs to check out. We took a deeper dive into all that’s available in this program profile.

Montshire Unleashed

“Whether it’s a night out with friends, a special evening with a date, or a chance to meet like-minded science enthusiasts, there’s lots to explore at Montshire Unleashed,” the museum’s website says.

Guests have been seen creating giant bubbles and getting lost in the museum’s foam fountain. The Solve It! the exhibition provides challenging puzzles, which can be solved in groups or solo. Guided experiments at the Science Discovery Lab allow guests to play scientist for an evening. Each event has food, drinks, and music for enjoyment, including Jasper Murdock Ale and wine from the Norwich Inn.

Unleashed takes place Fridays, from 7 to 9 p.m. Upcoming events for 2019 are as follows:

  • January 18, 2019
  • February 15, 2019
  • March 15, 2019
  • April 12, 2019

The cost of admission is $8 if purchased in advance or $10 at the door for non-members and free for members. Employees of Montshire Business Partnership member companies pay $7. This event is exclusively for adults 21 and over.


Montshire Talks

“The Montshire Talks is a conversations series that explores the crossroads of science and culture,” the museum’s website says. “From pop culture to scientific ethics, catch an evening with guest speakers who will dissect new topics and unpack new ideas.”

 Montshire Talks takes place every Tuesday in March.


Hanover Garden Club

“Learn more about gardening and the landscape of the Upper Valley at this program series produced by the Hanover Garden Club in partnership with the Montshire Museum of Science,” the museum’s website says.

This monthly series explores the many facets of gardening. Every month features a new topic that will delve into the fascinating aspects of the plant life.  Upcoming dates and times include:

  • Feb. 5, 2019, 1 p.m. –Gardening with Expertise and Ease: Growing Older with Your Garden
  • March 5, 2019, 1 p.m. – Cows Save the Planet
  • April 2, 2019, 1 p.m. – The Cornish Colony and the Restoration of the Gardens at St. Gaudens
  • May 7, 2019, 1 p.m. – Reconciling Urban Development with Conservation


Montshire with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dartmouth

“The Montshire and [email protected] share a commitment to adult participation in science education,” the museum’s website says. “Montshire members have access to select [email protected] science courses. The [email protected] membership fee is waived, though the course fee still applies.”

For more information about [email protected] courses, contact [email protected] at 603-646-0154, or email [email protected], or visit the website at

The Montshire’s address is One Montshire Road, Norwich, VT 05055. Free parking is available at the Museum. The museum is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  General Admission is free for members and children under 2. Regular rates are $16 for adults and $13 for children. Summer rates, between June 23 and Sept. 3, are $18 for adults and $15 for children.

The Montshire is currently offering free admission to furloughed federal workers and one additional guest through the remainder of the federal government shutdown, up to the end of January. Federal workers must show a valid federal employment ID and be a resident of Vermont or New Hampshire in order to redeem this offer. For more information about the museum, visit

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