Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, Marlboro

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The Southern Vermont Natural History Museum is a natural history museum, at the Hogback Mountain Scenic Overlook on Route 9 in West Marlboro, Vermont. The museum is surrounded by the Hogback Mountain Conservation Area, over 600 acres of protected forest land, with views of three states. The Museum was established in 1996 around the Luman Ranger Nelson Natural History Collection, one of the largest collections of native birds and mammals in the northeast, with 250 species represented.

The museum's founder Ed Metcalfe intended the museum to serve as an educational resource for local communities and visitors to the area. Exhibits are focused on a taxidermy collection but also include a variety of small hands-on exhibits for children, a mineralogy exhibit and a variety of native live animals.

The Museum presents a variety of natural history and environmental science programs throughout central New England, western New York and Vermont.
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  • This is a cute museum with many treasures including enthusiastic volunteers who will take out animals and let you see them without a group or a reservation or special event. We enjoyed "meeting" the....  more
    This is a cute museum with many treasures including enthusiastic volunteers who will take out animals and let you see them without a group or a reservation or special event. We enjoyed "meeting" the....  more »
  • This little museum is just awesome. They have an extensive collection of taxidermy birds and animals on exhibit and some pretty amazing live critters- owls, bald eagles, turtles, snakes, tarantula... 
    This little museum is just awesome. They have an extensive collection of taxidermy birds and animals on exhibit and some pretty amazing live critters- owls, bald eagles, turtles, snakes, tarantula...  more »
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  • Such an awesome place! We went there today, and my kids had a great time. Yes, the lighting was dim in certain areas (as mentioned in prior reviews) and yes it wasn't "The Met" in terms of it being "fancy fancy" (what else can you expect for a five dollar ticket), but it WAS educational and you could tell that the curators are really trying to help educate the public. My children said the museum was the highlight of our getaway, and we did a ton on this three day trip. It's amazing that most of the pieces were owned by one person at one time. I loved seeing the taxidermy and the live animals. If you're in the area, stop by. It's a very affordable place to see animals you may never see (like live bald eagles).
  • Awesome taxidermy museum, beautiful mountain views, large gift shop with quality goods and food.

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