Science and Natural History Museums

Montshire Museum

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What Lies Beneath

If you’d like to start your exploration with what lies beneath, head to the Perkins Museum of Geology on Burlington’s University of Vermont campus, and learn about some of Vermont's geological features that attract international study.

Nearby, at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, on Burlington’s waterfront, will take you underwater to explore the science and ecology of the 6th largest lake in North American. Live programs throughout the day, lots of interactive exhibits for kids, and a Science Café make for a full visit and entertainment for the whole family.

For more about Lake Champlain and its history, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes is a must visit. Exhibits, special events, workshops and camps, plus on-water excursions offer something for everyone.

Many Wonders

The VINS Nature Center, in Queeche, features live animal demonstrations including hawks and owls, while the Birds of Vermont Museum, in Huntington, feature remarkably life-like carvings of Vermont’s avian residents.

The Montshire Museum of Science, in Norwich, offers over 60 interactive exhibits relating to the natural and physical sciences, plus an outdoor science park and nature trails. The Nature Museum at Grafton also features nature trails, and indoors, a collection of Vermont animal and bird specimens.

The Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, in St. Johnsbury, produces one Vermont's most respected weather forecasting series. Exhibits, programs and the planetarium will guide you on learning about the weather, natural history and night skies of Vermont.

Forests and Ecology

The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is the only national park with a mission to tell the history of the conservation movement and the evolving nature of land stewardship in America. Exhibits, walking trails, and programs give you a first-hand experience understanding how forestlands need to be cared for.

Shelburne Farms, a 1,400 acre working farm located on the shores of Lake Champlain, is both a National Historic Landmark and an environmental education center. It’s a great place for children; together, you can tour the bakery and farmyard, milk a goat or cow, and view their award-winning cheese making operation.

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