What is there to see and do at The Nature Discovery Center?
• Visit the Museum for an informal tour with hands-on
• Try four activities in the Museum listed
on our activity sheet and win a prize! Adults and children
are eligible. There are several new activities to try!
We invite you to explore the many things
you can see and do at the museum by clicking and scrolling through
the menus below.
What do visitors tell us after they have visited the museum?
"Wonderful learning site"
" 'Eye candy' for kids & adults"
"Liked availability of hands on exhibits"
"Must be one of the best museums in NH; very nice"
"The kids loved all the cool stuff!"
"Good for field trips"
"Wish this was around when I was a kid here!"
"Lots of fun and educational"
"Fantastic; we'll be back for a tour"
"Excellent displays and wonderful exhibits"
What is the admission charge to the museum?
Admission: Adults: $6 Seniors: $5
Families: 1 or 2 parents w/ children: $15
Nature Discovery Members, Native Americans, and Active Military are free.
Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum (MKIM) Member - Half price;
Adult groups of 6 – 20 individuals by appointment only
Group Visits: If you wish to make an appointment for a 90-minute guided museum visit with activities during a weekend or a weekday,
admission is $6 per person (including chaperones), plus a group fee of $25. One chaperone per five children is required. No
strollers are allowed in the museum during a group visit. Call 603-856-7893 to make an appointment. Appointments can usually be
made only on weekdays. Small groups may be allowed to visit on weekends.
How long does
it take to tour the museum?
Allow a minimum of one hour and 15 minutes or more for a museum visit.
If the group plans to walk the Medicine Woods Trail, allow a minimum of an additional 30 - 45 minutes.
Who visits The Nature Discovery Center?
Museum visitors include, among others, individuals,
families, students, organized groups, homeschoolers, seniors, church
groups, and preschools.
Is the Museum handicap accessible?
The Museum is handicap accessible.
Is There a Gift Shop at The Nature Discovery Center?
The Museum has a small nature shop which sells rocks,
minerals, shells, a variety of handmade nature related items, nature
Fundanas, decorated woodenware, nature novelty items, and mineral testing
kits. Proceeds benefit the Museum.
How many people can the Nature Discovery Center accommodate?
· For safety reasons, it is recommended that no more than 30 people
(including chaperones) be in the Museum at one time. Larger groups can be accommodated by splitting
the group in half so that half of the group is outside doing a nature activity
while the other half is in the Museum.
· For children and youth groups, adequate chaperones (one for every 5
children) should be present
· Bathroom facilities are available across the parking lot from The Nature Discovery Center at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum.
Group visits are by advance appointment only. The recommended
minimum age for group visits is four years old.
Where Did the Museum's Collections Come From?
Throughout the Museum’s history, it has
accepted and included discarded collections and unwanted specimens collected
by individuals and institutions from throughout the world. They
have been used as educational tools in the Museum as well as in
outreach programs. Because many of these objects have little data
accompanying them, they can be handled by visitors. Contact
the Museum's Director if you have something you wish to donate or
loan to the Museum.