Shelburne Museum Reviews
World-Class Museum in Vermont Sep 11, 2011
Driving through Shelburne, Vermont, visitors will notice something unusual as a steamboat and a covered bridge can be seen from Route 7.
Founded in 1947, the Shelburne Museum is a must for anyone driving through this part of Vermont. Largely founded by one individual, Electra Webb, this outdoor museum features an incredible collection of buildings, history, artwork and antiques, mainly attributable to New England.
Roughly 35 buildings are scattered around the property and include anything from round barns, horseshoe barns, log cabins, coal burning engines, a steamboat (Ticonderoga), a one-room schoolhouse, a typical 1840s meeting hall, a covered bridge, a lighthouse to even a mansion, filled with priceless artwork like Monets.
Inside the main buildings, it's almost like opening a present as while the outside may be historical, the inside may be totally different including exhibits on modern art (I saw an exhibit with artwork made from paper), quilting, carousel horses, antique toys, fashion or stagecoaches. The larger buildings are also staffed with enthusiastic guides who are happy to answer questions about either the exhibits or the buildings themselves.
Included on the grounds are a cafe, gift shop and expensive art gallery.
Admission for non-Vermont residents is twenty dollars and tickets are good for two consecutive days. While this might seem a little high at first, I spent roughly four hours at the museum and didn't even scratch the surface. There is so much to see that it's almost overwhelming.
Be sure to bring comfortable, waterproof walking shoes and dress for Vermont's weather as this museum is outdoors and the grounds are expansive.
Sadly, the weekend I visited, parts of Vermont had been badly flooded the week before from the remnants of Hurricane Irene. Shelburne was unaffected but one museum guide was upset with the lack of visitors. It was depressing that the museum seemed to be overlooked by tourists.
If you are anywhere near this museum--go. The Shelburne Museum rivals museums I've visited in major cities, as the exhibits are impressive. Anytime I am in Vermont, I will be stopping here.
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Pricelessness in Northern Vermont Apr 14, 2008
Cost: Average for non-Vermont residents at $18 dollars for adults and with a full-price ticket, a second consecutive day is free. You may need it if you plan to do a lot or look around thoroughly. Tickets are half-price for Vermont residents, but you will need ID. I got in with my driver's license.
This is listed as something to do before you die, and I understand why. There's an wide variety of things from a lighthouse to a steamship to gardens to a schoolhouse and jailcell. It's almost like a living museum. It's mostly outdoors, so good weather is best for a great visit. There's plenty for everyone to do. And with any museum, there's a giftshop if you're so inclined.
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