Vermont Museums

Old Stone House Museum, Brownington

Visitors come to Vermont for all kinds of reasons, and museums are often high on the "must do" lists.

Quilters from Australia and miniature furniture collectors from Japan have come to find their passions at Shelburne Museum. English visitors have sought out paintings by American landscape masters Albert Beirstadt and Thomas Cole at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park in Woodstock, and folks from Germany have headed straight to see works by Grandma Moses at the Bennington Museum.

Then there are those coming in search of the Lake Champlain sea serpent “Champ.” Kids often weigh the evidence at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington. One fact that everyone agrees on is that back when northwestern Vermont was part of the earth’s oceans, Vermont did indeed have whales!

Speaking of Lake Champlain, one of Vermont’s museum parks is actually underwater. That’s the Vermont Underwater Historic Preserve, which invites divers to some of the lake’s scores of historic shipwrecks. For those not wanting to dive, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum conducts shipwreck tours from the comfort of a boat using a remote-controlled video hook-up.

Vermont is also home to a vibrant arts scene, and the museums and galleries reflect this with a wide range of changing exhibitions featuring local, regional and national artists and craft artisans. 

Which is why we recommend that you visit Vermont often. Whether it’s an exciting new science exhibit at the Montshire Museum in Norwich, new shows at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, or the many special events at museums and galleries across the state, there's always more to see and do.

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State-owned Historic Sites
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