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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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  • Shelburne Museum is a must! Adults will love it but it's extremely kid friendly as well. The property is vast but if you arrive early it is extremely easy to see all that they offer - if you have 'lit...  more »
  • If you aren't interested in Americana, you need to drive on down the road. If you are, you will find the advertised 100,000 items overwhelmingly interesting. You won't find the top tier art that hangs...  more »
  • Make sure to set aside at least 2 days for this incredible collection!! The museum is unique and worth the time devoted to exploring it.  more »
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  • THIS PLACE WAS INCREDIBLE!! I was stunned with awe moment after moment the whole time I was there! It's over 4,000 acres of buildings that were picked up and moved here-most, if not all of them-over half a century ago! There were a few buildings that, being made of stone, they had to number so that they could reassemble them again once they got back to their destination. The main house [I had trouble believing my eyes on this one] had ORIGINAL (really, I saw it myself) Claude Monet paintings! I so wish I could have taken pictures of them! Oh, they were just beautiful! I saw so much more that I could honestly write a full book's worth of a review! I will just have to end it by saying 2 things: 1. It was so much more than I expected and could have ever dreamed of seeing. And, 2. You really need to go back at least one more time to see it all. There is not enough time in one day (even if they were open for a full 24 hours) to see all of it.
  • This was our second visit to Shelburne Museum, the first being almost 5 months ago. We enjoyed this as much as the first time. My only wish is that we would have been able to take advantage of the second day of admission that comes with the ticket like we did the first time. VERY hard to see everything in a single day.
  • I have visited a few times. Each time it is nicer. Sometimes buildings are closed and other times open. You tour at your own pace.
  • Really cool place to visit. A little pricey, but they do let you come back the next day when you show your receipt. Which is really helpful because it's almost impossible to see everything in one day.
  • 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.

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