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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. Make Shelburne Museum a centerpiece of your Shelburne vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Shelburne vacation website.
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  • What a great place for a good walk with lots of interesting buildings and art and exhibits and collections to see. Well worth it even on a rainy day.  more »
  • We visited on a rainy day and it was the perfect destination! The staff is very helpful, knowledgeable and eager to explain the history and significance of many of the exhibits. The expansive...  more »
  • Absolutely incredible place for history loving people. An awesome round barn, real steamship, and so many carriages and antique stuff it took us 2 days to get through it and I am sure we didn’t see it all. Definitely get the 2 day pass!
  • At first I was surprised at the regular admission cost of $25, $23 for seniors. But then I found out there were at least 39 exhibition buildings to check out. PLUS the ticket is also good for a second consecutive day!!! The round barn was filled with old sleighs and carriages. Several buildings held magnificent artworks, including Monet's, Degas' and Manet's. The steamship, Ticonderoga, was FABULOUS!!! An old schoolhouse, and church, stores and homes, a covered bridge, lighthouse, carousel, train and train station, etc... I just couldn't make it through it all in one day! There is a cafe on grounds for food. A shuttle comes around to various stops periodically if you want it or need it. Most of the buildings are handicap-accessible. Magnificent grounds and set up. Staff was helpful and knowledgeable. It's a gem of a museum for young and old alike near Burlington that I HIGHLY recommend!

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