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Science and Natural History Museums

Hands-on Explorations

These are some of Vermont's science museums that welcome visitors of all ages to roll up their sleeves and become active learners. Whether it's making the discovery that the Lake Champlain basin was once part of the world's oceans, or getting a grip on chemistry and physics principles--these are great places for understanding both Vermont and the world at large.

Be sure to look for special exhibits and programs. Science museum are very lively places!

A girl and her grandparent view the sturgeons in the fish tank at ECHO.

ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

Discover live species, interactive family exhibits, seasonal changing exhibits, and the National Geographic Theater, and dive head-first into learning about Lake Champlain.

A mother and daughter stop at the polar bear exhibit at Fairbanks museum.

The Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium

Home to Vermont's only public planetarium, Fairbanks Museum provides a wealth of learning opportunities about the weather, natural history and the night skies of Vermont.

George Perkins Marsh is the author of Man and Nature

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park

Exhibits, walking trails, and programs provide first-hand experience for understanding the care needed to restore and preserve our forestlands in Vermont's only National Park.

Child enjoy exploring the properties of soap at the Montshire Museum

Montshire Museum of Science

The Montshire offers more than 60 interactive exhibits about the natural and physical sciences, plus an outdoor science park and nature trails.

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Perkins Museum of Geology

Learn about Vermont geology at the Perkins Museum of Geology on Burlington’s University of Vermont campus.

pigs eating a large pumpkin at the Shelburne Farms farm barn

Shelburne Farms

Both a National Historic Landmark and an environmental education center, Shelburne Farms offers first-hand farming experiences.

Live_Bird_Demonstrations_at_VINS

VINS Nature Center

The VINS Nature Center, in Quechee, features live animal demonstrations including with hawks and owls, as well as a focus on conservation.

American Musium of Fly Fishing

American Museum of Fly Fishing

The museum documents the evolution of fly fishing as a sport, art form, craft, and industry in the United States and abroad.