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Shelburne Museum

6000 Shelburne Road
802-985-3346

Located in Vermont's scenic Lake Champlain valley, Shelburne Museum is one of the nation's finest, most diverse, and unconventional museums of art and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the Museum grounds.

Impressionist paintings, folk art, quilts and textiles, decorative arts, furniture, American paintings, and a dazzling array of 17th-to 20th-century artifacts are on view. Shelburne is home to the finest museum collections of 19th-century American folk art, quilts, 19th- and 20th-century decoys, and carriages.

Electra Havemeyer Webb (1888-1960) was a pioneering collector of American folk art and founded Shelburne Museum in 1947. The daughter of H.O. and Louisine Havemeyer, important collectors of European and Asian art, she exercised an independent eye and passion for art, artifacts, and architecture celebrating a distinctly American aesthetic.

When creating the Museum she took the imaginative step of collecting 18th- and 19th-century buildings from New England and New York in which to display the Museum's holdings, relocating 20 historic structures to Shelburne. These include houses, barns, a meeting house, a one-room schoolhouse, a lighthouse, a jail, a general store, a covered bridge, and the 220-foot steamboat Ticonderoga.

In Shelburne Mrs. Webb sought to create "an educational project, varied and alive." What visitors experience at Shelburne is unique: remarkable collections exhibited in a village-like setting of historic New England architecture, accented by a landscape that includes over 400 lilacs, a circular formal garden, herb and heirloom vegetable gardens, and perennial gardens.

The Museum's collections, educational programs, special events, workshops, activities, and special exhibitions constantly offer new perspectives on four centuries of art and material culture, assuring visitors a museum experience unlike any other.



Reviews

Margaret Edwards

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Sunday, June 10, 2018
Great Experience! I teach third grade and we have brought our students here for our end of the year field trip for quite a few years. There is so much for them to see and do, and the Passports to Education program is fantastic. The parents we bring also enjoy the visit and many plan to come back during the summer with their family. Every time I go I see or learn something new even when visiting exhibits I've been to numerous times. Bring your walking shoes and your curiosity, and have a fun time exploring!

Desiree Roberts

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Thursday, June 14, 2018
I absolutely love the museum. I bring all of my friends. 40+ acres of beautiful grounds and unique exploring experience. You get a two day pass when you get entry, and you may need it! There is a shuttle available for those that want to tour the grounds without walking around

Jennifer Camley

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Went on a field trip here with my Daughter's third grade class. Loved the workshops! Great day! Went by too fast! I will be returning with all three of my kids next time ages 4, 7, and 8.

Jenny

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Monday, May 28, 2018
Awesome venue on the Green, I was here for a concert and they had all the amenities. There was a lot of food selections like wood-oven pizzas ($5/slice), kebabs ($10), popcorn ($7 small), cocktail bar and beer tents ($8). The blue outdoor toilets surprisingly didn't stink and were clean. Some didn't have hand sanitizers though so be sure to bring one. It was raining earlier that day so I did good by wearing rain boots. My boots were covered in grass at the end of the show. Also, BRING CASH or else you'll be waiting at the ATM machine for a long time. Overall, I would definitely come back because it was loads of fun!

John Sieger

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Monday, June 11, 2018
Pleasant family friendly venue. Great place for a casual evening out. Less than ideal for the serious concert-going audiophile. Too much idle chatter and merriment to hear the music well.

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