How are you connected to the Montshire?
I work with both the exhibits and facilities departments.
Why do you choose to be involved?
I can’t imagine a better place to work. I get to play with all sorts of fun stuff while designing and maintaining exhibits and people have fun learning science as result! What could be better?
When was the first time you came to the Montshire?
I’m actually not sure. I remember the old museum in the bowling alley, but I couldn’t say how old I was the first time I went.
What is your favorite exhibit?
Now that’s a tough question. Probably my current favorite is the Spin Table because it’s so simple in form and yet produces such complex results.
What do you wish everyone knew about the Museum?
One of the wonderful and unique features of the museum is the 100-acre site we are on. Many people spend all their time indoors or in Science Park with the physical sciences and don’t have a chance to get out onto the trails to explore the natural world a little.
Is there one word you would use to describe the Museum?
How about ‘generous’? I am always impressed by the enthusiasm of the staff for the educational mission of the museum.
What do you wish we could do more of in the future?
There are a few underused resources at the museum that we could do more with. We have a lovely little theatre that could get more use and I think we could probably do more with interpreting the trails. It’s a challenge, but there is a lot to gain!
What do you find most rewarding about working at the Montshire?
I tend to be happiest when I’m fully engaged in a project that feels useful and important. Pretty much every day at the Museum is like that for me.
What is the best kept secret at the Montshire?
It’s not much of a secret, but the trail walk from the museum to Wilder village down the river is quite a treat. The bonus is that it is also a scale model of the solar system with the ‘dwarf planet’ Pluto near the far end.
What is your favorite Montshire story to tell?
I like to tell the story of a time when my baby daughter was visiting the Museum before she could walk. We had a large show of Ansel Adams photographs at the time in which she had no interest. However, she loved the staggered partitions they were hung on and went zooming off between and around them on hands and knees. Just proves the point that there is something for everyone at the Montshire!
Which other museums do you enjoy visiting?
I like to visit any science or technical museum. Partly out of professional interest. Beyond that, I always like an eclectic art museum drawn from a personal collection like the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.