Montshire Profile

Peter McNally, July 2011

How are you connected to the Montshire?
I am an explainer at the Museum.

Can you describe your role in more detail? 
I lead workshops, fix broken exhibits, and generally help the Museum run smoothly and make sure visitors get the most out of the exhibits. Together with the other explainers and volunteers, we are the front line of people interacting with visitors.

What is your favorite exhibit? 
When I visited the Museum as a little boy, I was always most excited to see the fog exhibit in the tower of the Museum. The exhibit features wisps of fog that cascade down a slick black slope in a mysterious dark room. While watching and manipulating the flow of the fog does not capture my imagination today as it did then, the fog exhibit will always be a site of great nostalgic importance to me.

What do you wish everyone knew about the Museum?
The trails! I honestly don't take advantage of them enough myself, but outside of the walls of the Museum and beyond the clever contraptions and exhibits contained within are some really beautiful (and creative) trails that integrate the Museum into the natural environment.

Is there one word you would use to describe the Museum?

When was the first time you came to the Montshire?
I came with my siblings to the Museum for the first time at the tender age of three. Despite my youth, I bravely conquered all of the levels of Andy's Place and uncovered the mysteries hidden in the suds of the bubble exhibit.

What do you wish we could do that we aren't doing now?
More food and snack opportunities. It's hard to enjoy the honeybees and the standing waves of the lariat chain on an empty stomach. Luckily, King Arthur Flour will be selling lunch and snacks under the pavilion this summer, which will solve the hungry Museum-goers' problems.

What do you find most rewarding about volunteering/working at the Montshire?
The looks of wonder I get to see on the kids' faces on a regular basis. Their enthusiasm makes leading an activity such as color mixing a thrilling journey of discovery.

How long have you worked for/volunteered at/been visiting the Museum?
This will be my second summer working at the Museum. I have been visiting the Museum, however, all of my life.

What is the best kept secret at the Montshire?
What the leaf cutter ants are really building with all of their cut-up leaves. (I'll never tell!)

What is your favorite Montshire story to tell?
I'm not sure if I have a 'favorite' story, but last year I had an interesting experience with the honey bees. I was tidying up Science Park one morning but was completely unaware that just a couple of feet above my head the honeybee colony was swarming! I had been sweeping for nearly twenty minutes before someone pointed out the hundreds of bees massing above me—it was quite a way to start the morning


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