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The Shelburne Museum

Located seven miles south of Burlington in Shelburne (on Route 7), the Shelburne Museum features an eclectic collection of items on its 45 acres. Originally founded by Electra Havemeyer Webb, the 37 structures here (most of them constructed in a traditional New England style) feature collections of fine and decorative arts, paintings, weathervanes, decoys, toys, circus memorabilia and much more.

If you think the collections are varied, consider the buildings that house them or are otherwise located on the grounds:

  • the Ticonderoga, a former Lake Champlain steamboat and National Historic landmark.
  • a lighthouse that once warned travelers on Lake Champlain.
  • a one-room schoolhouse, complete with slate chalkboard.
  • a two-lane covered bridge.
  • a blacksmith shop.
  • a horseshoe shop.
  • Bostwick Gardens, stocked with perennials.
  • the Circus Building, housing a sizable collection of posters, figures and an old-fashioned (and operating) carousel.

In addition to the regular exhibits, the Shelburne Museum also features a series of special exhibits, such as the Grandma Moses exhibit and a special Folk Art Traditions show. The museum offers a number of special, educational and scholars programs, and group tours of the grounds are also available. Several of the buildings/sites are available for rental for weddings, meetings, etc., including the Bostwick Garden, the 1840 Meeting House and the Ticonderoga.

For the 2002 season, the museum officially opens April 13. From April 13 to May 17, the museum is only partially accessible daily between the hours of 1-4. The admittance price during this time is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-18, and children under 6 get in free. Between May 18-October 27, all buildings and exhibits are open (barring any closed for renovations) daily 10 am-5 pm. The cost for admittance during this period is $17.50 for adults (half day rates are also available), children 6-18 $8.75 (students get in for this price as well), and children under 6 free.

The Shelburne Museum's Website, offering a number of virtual tours and a ton of information on programs, rentals and more, is located at http://www.shelburnemuseum.org. You can reach them by phone at 1-802-985-3346.

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