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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. Put Shelburne Museum into our Shelburne family vacation planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • My husband and I had an extra day in Burlington, VA, and asked the general Manager of our hotel, Homewood suites, (great place) what we should do. He instantly said, "Shelbourne Museum". So, we went. ...  more »
  • This museum is impressive. It is not small. It requires several hours to enjoy it. It has beautifully preserved collection pieces. The carriages selection is huge. The riffle collection is one of a ki...  more »
  • I took my daughters along with their grandfather to spend a day in the past, they had a wonderful time trying to understand how things worked in the past, how tough it was at time just to make it to a...  more »
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  • Check the museum website before you visit! We didn't and we regretted it. All exhibits don't open until May 1st (we visited on April 23rd and had no idea). My wife, infant son and I came from an hour and a half away to see the museum and then go shopping in Burlington. Having been several times before, I was excited to show my wife and son the exhibits whom had never been. We paid to get in and after about 5-10 minutes found that almost all exhibits were closed. What was open didn't allow strollers and I didn't want to wake up my son who was sleeping in the stroller. I left feeling disappointed that there weren't any obvious signs at the entrance (maybe we missed them?) or that the front desk person didn't mention anything about it even after asked for a map "to all of the exhibits". I only found out when I asked about it when we left after 15 minutes. However, we made the most of our time there... it's a beautiful property and it was a beautiful day. I am happy to give money to such a wonderful museum; but, for a frugal family, we could have used our money to go to the Echo museum and then see the museum another time with full access to exhibits. Despite this last visit being a bit of a let down, I will definitely return again. It would be a 5 star review if they were a little more clear about the off season dates at the museum entrance.
  • Visited with our two girls. There was a lot to keep everyone engaged all day. What a great collection. We were a bit tired after a full day of walking (there is a shuttle we didn't use).
  • The most visited museum in Vermont for a very good reason. I've been going there all my life and it still never fails to impress me. There's always something different to see. You really MUST visit if you are anywhere in the area!
  • Awesome museum full of great art! Was able to catch the backstage pass exhibit. Was great to see photos of the men and women that started our rock music.
  • They are closed on Easter but do not post it. Don't drive two hours to find them closed. Better call.