The Montshire Museum was founded in 1974, and opened to the public two years later in Hanover, N.H. The “new” Montshire opened 15 years later, and has continued to add to its facilities in Norwich, Vermont, including the outdoor water and sound exhibits in Science Park in 2002, and the Hughes Pavilion in 2010.

The Montshire is now one of the busiest museums in northern New England, attracting about 150,000 visitors annually. The Museum’s school programs also reach more than 13,000 schoolchildren in New Hampshire and Vermont.

The Museum has received grants from NASA, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, as well as science and education foundations. In recent years, the Museum has partnered with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Vermont Center for Ecostudies and ILEAD (Institute for Lifelong Learning at Dartmouth). Dartmouth College and the Museum have created the Dartmouth-Montshire Institute for Science Education.