Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Vergennes, VT

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Address: 4472 Basin Harbor Rd, Vergennes, VT 05491, USA Number: 802 475 2022 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

New England has such a rich maritime history, so a visit to Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is another great option to learn all about this fascinating past!

During your museum visit, you can learn how Benedict Arnold's fleet out on the lake changed the entire outcome of the American Revolution (can you imagine what happened?), and even step aboard replica 1776 gunboat Philadelphia II, docked just out at the museum's scenic waterfront.

Kids can explore some of Lake Champlain's 300 plus historic shipwrecks in the Nautical Archaeology Center, AND they can actually chat to nautical archaeologists at the Conservation Lab!

What do you know of the Native Americans who met French explorer Samuel de Champlain back in 1609? Learn all about that first meeting and it's consequences, and how today some of the descendents still live even today.

The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum features a spectacular ice yacht Storm King, surrounded by canoes, kayaks and wooden boats - all highlights of the museum's collection - and afterwards you can learn about Lake Champlain steamboats, and compare the historic 1929 Champlain Bridge with the incredible engineering marvel from 2011!

So why not explore the amazing maritime history of the Lake Champlain area, and discover something that just might surprise you!

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How much does it cost?






$8 (Ages 6 to 18)



$12 seniors, $7 for retired military, free for Active Duty Military and immediate family


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5 years


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Additional Information

Admission is good for two consecutive days

Any top tips?


They offer a number of courses including boat building, history, archaeology and more!

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Grab something to eat in the area before or after your visit!

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With camps and programs, give them a call to reserve the students visit - there is much to learn!

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All of the museum buildings are accessible at grade level or with ramps built in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Approximately one-third of the museum site consists of open grounds, which include gardens, grassy and natural areas, pine groves, picnic areas, gravel walkways, outdoor exhibits, and facilities for watercraft at North Harbor. The replica 1776 gunboat Philadelphia II is located in the water, at the base of a steep gravel path and is not wheelchair accessible. However, two films and a 1/6 scale model in the exhibit Key to Liberty: The Revolutionary War in the Champlain Valley provide an alternative source of information about the gunboat and its history. The replica canal schooner Lois McClure is only accessible by stairs. However, interpreters are always available during hours of operation for questions.

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When can we go?

Open 10am - 5pm daily during season

Season runs late-May to mid-October

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