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Shelburne Museum
5555 Shelburne Rd
Shelburne
VT
05482
Tel: 802 985 3346

Directions

The Museum is located on U.S. Route 7 in Shelburne, Vermont, seven miles south of Burlington. From Interstate 89 in Vermont, take exit 13 and proceed south on Route 7. The Museum is approximately: 10 miles from Burlington International Airport 100 miles from Montreal, PQ 150 miles from Albany, NY 230 miles from Boston, MA 300 miles from New York, NY

Where are we going today?

Art is such a great form of expression - because there is no right or wrong! Kids can just express themselves with colors, shapes, textures... (and it's fun to sometimes get messy in the process!)

Shelburne Museum is an amazingly unconventional and diverse museum that has a collection over 150,000 works that cover art and Americana.

The exhibits are set in a whopping 39 exhibition buildings, and for those history buffs you will be keen to know that 25 of those are actually historic, and were relocated to the museum grounds from their original locations. Think of the stories they have to tell! 

The collections at the Shelburne Museum cover a whole range of topics. American Paintings will take you back to the 19th century with a series of landscapes and portraits. For a step back in time the Carriages exhibit lets you get up close to over 220 horse-drawn vehicles - from sleighs, stagecoaches and wagons. All the way back from the 19th and 20th century!

From carriages to quilts, if you love those incredibly hand crafted works of art - those iconic quilts - there are over 400 from the 18th and 19th century, and together they actually create one of the largest collections in the country!

Kids will love the toys, dollhouses and dolls exhibit, which can give them an insight into the kinds of toys that kids used to play with centuries ago. We bet it's pretty different to what they're used to now!

We haven't even scratched the surface of what the Shelburne Museum has to offer! Head on down there yourself and enjoy an artistic family day out. 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$8 (winter) $24 (summer)
  • ChildrenAges 5 to 17 $5 (winter), $12 - $14 in summer
  • Free Under: 4 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Winter hours 10am - 5pm Wed to Sunday. Check for summer.

All year round

Teachers corner

They love having students in the museum, and have group rates just for you, including meal tickets! Allow 3 hours.

I'm Hungry!

The Museum Cafe is open during museum hours, and has a diverse menu just for you! There are also boxed lunches available..

Healthy Eating!

There are healthy options, and bottled water in the cafe.

Any Top Tips?

If you visit in winter there is a huge discount on the admission, and less crowds - so why not visit! It's indoors, so forget about the weather! .

Doing our bit

They have an amazing collection of art that they have preserved and exhibited beautifully to show all who visit! .

Need a little extra help?

The museum tries to make all of the exhibits accessible. There is a detailed guide at the Admissions Desk. .

Can I get one of those?

Get that pocket money out - there's a store! There are a number of locally made products and items that all relate to the collections in the museum..

More information

Parking is free! .

What people are saying?

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    This place was amazing. There is so much to look at and see. The railroad car was well preserved with all the settings and was really cramped like the old cars. The circus building was amazing, the detail in the models was mind blowing. The blacksmith was in full production and you can buy his creations at the store. The cafe was very good and the burgers were excellent. My favorite part is the boat. The attention to detail with all the exhibits truly made the price worth it. Lots to see and just wander around looking at the Americana exhibits....Read More

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    This is an awesome attraction! We just happened to pass it on our way to Vermont Teddy and decided to pop in to see what it was all about. The whole family loved seeing all the exhibits, it was very kid friendly and I wish we would have had an entire day to visit every exhibit. The steam boat was tons of fun!

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    Awesome grounds.

    Like Colonial Williamsburg but without pretense. And more general Americana of 19th to early 20th century.

    Nice and knowledgable docents.

    Huge grounds. Bring good shoes and plenty of water.

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    Great museum. I especially like that you can come back the next day with your ticket, to visit again. This is GREAT for parents with smaller children, or elderly; I am in between, but we visited on a very hot, steamy day, and there is a lot of ground to cover. I would not have completed it in one day with small kids or if elderly. Also, while I am a proponent of making our children aware of "the old days", some children may be a little bored with it, very spread out and not a lot of interaction. Blacksmith shop would be great for them - they...Read More

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    What a treasure this place is! We locals are so lucky to have a museum of this caliber in our back yard! The permanent collection is wonderful but every year they have special shows so that you can go over and over (for only $10 if you are a Vermont resident). Love it!

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by Chris Bigg

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This place was amazing. There is so much to look at and see. The railroad car was well preserved with all the settings and was really cramped like the old cars. The circus building was amazing, the detail in the models was mind blowing. The blacksmith was in full production and you can buy his creations at the store. The cafe was very good and the burgers were excellent. My favorite part is the boat. The attention to detail with all the exhibits truly made the price worth it. Lots to see and just wander around looking at the Americana exhibits. The whole museum my take two days which is okay because the price covers two days.

by Tracy Lynn

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Great museum. I especially like that you can come back the next day with your ticket, to visit again. This is GREAT for parents with smaller children, or elderly; I am in between, but we visited on a very hot, steamy day, and there is a lot of ground to cover. I would not have completed it in one day with small kids or if elderly. Also, while I am a proponent of making our children aware of "the old days", some children may be a little bored with it, very spread out and not a lot of interaction. Blacksmith shop would be great for them - they were in there working.

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