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Shelburne Museum, Shelburne

(4.6/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
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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  • I visited the Shelburne over Labor Day weekend. It was not at all what I was expecting from a museum. Instead of your typical building with a handfuls of exhibits mounted to walls, the Shelburne is mo...  more »
  • This is the best museum I have been to in the United States. We have been coming here since our son was in a stroller -- he is now 13. The best part about the museum is that it changes and grows as yo...  more »
  • This is a museum about life; the way it was. Spread out over many acres, this was a terrific way to spend a day touring through period buildings, steam ferry (any kid or nautical fanatic like me will ...  more »
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  • What is not to enjoy here? If you love art...check. If you love historic architecture...check. If you love a gorgeous setting...check. And if you love a store full of interesting items for young, mature, quirky and not...checkmate!
  • This is the best museum for early Americana I've ever visited. We were there from the moment they opened until they closed, and couldn't see it all. It was so much more than we'd hoped for. Unfortunately, we only had one day to see it, and missed one or two of the buildings. Looking forward to our next visit.
  • To take in this museum completely might take a full day, but you could probably see a lot in 3 hours. And you will need to walk fast since the exhibits are spread out like many small towns in Vermont. The well-preserved riverboat alone was worth the hefty price of admission. But add to that an old private rail car, an amazingly well-stocked pharmacy, and a huge collection of horse-drawn carriages, not to mention that admission is good for two days, and you have a great activity for young and old alike.
  • A nice place for family tour. There are places for little kids to play.Many buildings there are very beautiful and impressive. The ticket price is quite fair. Maybe we didn't visit very long, there are not many extraordinary things to visit.
  • Had a great time, at first wasn't real sure, boy once we started exploring it was well worth the time. Recommend highly