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Shelburne Museum, Shelburne

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An open-air museum, Shelburne Museum houses more than 150,000 works depicting historic New England life. The Impressionist paintings, folk art, quilts and textiles, furniture, 17th- to 20th-century artifacts, and American paintings are housed in 38 exhibition buildings arranged to mimic historic New England architecture. Twenty-five of these buildings are historic and were relocated here for the museum. Three separate tours are offered daily and included in the price of admission. Learn about Colonial Revival, the history and mechanics of 1906 steamboat, or American art on the tour of your choice. Because the depth and scope of the museum is so huge, your ticket is good for two days. Make Shelburne Museum a centerpiece of your Shelburne vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Shelburne vacation website.
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  • Always wonder if a repeat visit will live up to memory. 2021 crowds seemed to encourage the Museum to up the ante. The best was the walk through the woods. Call them fireflies or fairies, but that... 
    Always wonder if a repeat visit will live up to memory. 2021 crowds seemed to encourage the Museum to up the ante. The best was the walk through the woods. Call them fireflies or fairies, but that...  more »
  • The buildings and grounds were very nice. If you enjoy art collections, this is the place for you. We did not enjoy the art collections and were a bit disappointed by that feature. 
    The buildings and grounds were very nice. If you enjoy art collections, this is the place for you. We did not enjoy the art collections and were a bit disappointed by that feature.  more »
  • The Shelburne Museum is a relatively undiscovered gem near Burlington VT. Spread over 40+ acres, it contains an eclectic mix of art, crafts, and other Americana housed in several buildings. Depending....  more
    The Shelburne Museum is a relatively undiscovered gem near Burlington VT. Spread over 40+ acres, it contains an eclectic mix of art, crafts, and other Americana housed in several buildings. Depending....  more »
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  • We visited here while on vacation. It was such an incredible experience. We had a group of eight, including two kids. We all had an amazing time wandering the grounds and exploring the exhibits. We were only there for a few hours, so we did not even get close to seeing everything. This is definitely on our list to return to when we go back to Vermont.
  • Wonderful experience! Every part of the Museum is its own exhibition by itself. One can spend hours in there. Some parts of the museum are really interactive, such as the Blacksmith and the Printer Shop. A huge memorabilia of American History. Tickets prices are above average, but it is worth it. The Museum organizes a lot of family activities and, in some circumstances, entrances are free. Enjoy!
  • So much to see, thank goodness the ticket is good for two consecutive days! Loved the Luigi Lucioni exhibit. Art for everyone. Historic buildings. Gardens. Circus exhibit of hand carved wooden figures should not be missed! Many carriages and sleighs, a blacksmith shop, a print shop, a schoolhouse, a tavern, a lighthouse, and a steamboat! Plenty to see for all ages.
  • Absolute wonder of a museum! Fantastic look back at many historical aspects of Vermont and beyond, loacted within a beautiful expanse of rolling hills with wonderful views. I'd highly recommend this to any age group as it's well worth the visit. Every time you go you'll see something new as it's a true treasure trove of a different era!
  • Oh my gosh, how do you even start to describe this place? It's like 40 museums in one go - there are carriages, and antique duck decoys, and at least 4 art museums. There's a full sized-train, a miniature circus parade, a lighthouse and a whole steamboat! There are pioneer buildings, a print shop, a church, a schoolhouse, on and on. Your ticket is good for 2 days and I suggest you use them! I planned a full day but my phone battery died from taking too many pictures so I came back to take pictures of what I missed, and I found whole sections I had overlooked the first time! And that's not even counting the beautiful gardens. Make sure to take any tours you come across. I did a tour of the steamboat and two of the houses you can only visit on a tour, so make sure to catch those, the're very worth it and you see stuff you wouldn't see otherwise. Highly recommended and a complete, and delightful, surprise.

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