Montshire Profile

Terry Samwick, January 2011

How are you connected to the Montshire?
We've been members since '02.

What is your favorite exhibit?
The Odyssey of the Spheres. I can sit and watch that for ages and never get tired of it. Or, the rhythm-maker. Or, the heat-sensing cameras... or, the zoetrope... or, the leafcutter ants... OK, I can't pick just one!

Any favorite programs?
We loved the afterschool program, both for preschoolers and the one for the older kids, when you had that one. And the summer camps are, of course, fantastic.

What do you wish everyone knew about the Museum?
How it packs such a huge punch for a smaller museum. We've been to science museums in big cities and found some of them a disappointment compared to the Montshire.

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

When was the first time you came to the Montshire?
Andrew and I came with my cousins back in 1999 when they were 5 and 2.

What do you wish we could do that we aren't doing now?
A planetarium would be awesome.

What do you find most rewarding about being a member at the Montshire?
From a Montshire point of view it's the regular communication about exhibits and educational programs. From a family point of view it's that my children have been coming since they were babies and they never get tired of the place.

What is the best kept secret at the Montshire?
How well informed the volunteer explainers are. Ask questions!

What is your favorite Montshire story to tell?
I don't know if this is my "favorite" story so much as it's an indelible one. Several years ago, I lost track of my friend's baby near the tree house in Andy's Place. He was crawling, my son wasn't—I wasn't used to how fast they could get away from you! Everyone at the museum was incredible—they made an announcement, he was found upstairs and returned to his mom. Everyone had seen the little crawling dude in the Casey Jones outfit by then. We laugh about it now, but at the time my blood froze. Thank goodness for the helpful staff at the Montshire!


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