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History Museums

EXPLORE THE HISTORY OF VERMONT'S PEOPLE, COMMUNITIES, INDUSTRY AND VALUES

In addition to the wide range of exhibits you'll find at these museums, be sure to also check the calendar of events for programs. Many offer lecture programs, guided tours, special events and festivals, and family and youth programs. There's lots to see and do, and always a reason to come back.

close-up of a rifle produced at the armory that now houses the American Precision Museum

AGRICULTURE AND INDUSTRY

Early Vermonters were hardworking and industrious. Museums of agriculture and industry tell the stories of how natural resources were employed to help provide for families and build Vermont and the nation. The following museums are fully open, generally, from late-May to late-October. For winter access, sometimes by appointment only, please check their websites. Billings Farm & Museum opens for weekends, November through February.

American Precision Museum, Windsor 
Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock
New England Maple Museum, Pittsford 
Vermont Granite Museum, Barre
Vermont Marble Museum, Proctor 


detail of painting showing fly fishing flies and materials used to make them

RECREATION

Vermont's Battenkill River was an early destination for fly fishermen of any repute. So it's fitting that near the famed river's banks in Manchester you will find the American Museum of Fly Fishing. It's also fitting the the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum is located in Stowe, one of America's earliest downhill ski towns. Both museums exhibit fine collections of relevant equipment, from delicate fishing lures to one of the first chairlifts. If fishing or skiing are among your passions, you've struck it rich. Both museums are open year-round. Check websites for days and hours.

American Museum of Fly Fishing, Manchester
Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum, Stowe

archaeological remains of a dugout canoe on display at the Archaeology Center

VERMONT ARCHAEOLOGY

Explore 13,000 years of history at the Vermont Archaeology Heritage Center in Barre. Exhibits, workshop and lectures draw on unearthed evidence from over 750 archaeological Vermont sites. Important archaeologic collections are also found at the Fleming Museum in Burlington. For nautical archaeology telling the stories of numerous shipwrecks at the bottom of Lake Champlain, visit the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes, from late May to late October.

red and white historic flag used by a Civil War Vermont Infantry

MILITARY HISTORY

A year after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War still raged. Critical military efforts played out on Vermont soil as the Colonial Army battled to hold back and defeat the British attacks from the North. Later, naval battles on Lake Champlain would figure prominently in the War of 1812, and America's first military college would be founded in Norwich, Vermont. Looking for unique military history? It's right here. 

Please note: the Sullivan History Center continues to offer exhibits and programs throughout the winter months. All others are open seasonally spring, summer and fall.

Bennington Battle Monument, Bennington
Hubbardton Battlefield, Hubbardton
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum , Vergennes
Mount Independence State Historic Site, Orwell
Sullivan History Center at Norwich Museum, Norwich

painting of the state seal used by a Civil War Regiment

VERMONT HISTORY

Dive deep into the history of the nation's 6th largest lake at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Experience life on an 1890s farm at the Billings Farm & Museum. Trace the generations of abolitionists and artists at the Rokeby Museum. Or learn about one of Vermont's founding fathers. All these museums welcome you to explore Vermont history.

NORTHERN VERMONT

Open year round:
  Henry Sheldon Museum, Middlebury 
  Shelburne Museum, Shelburne 

Open seasonally spring, summer and fall:
  Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington 
  DAR John Strong Mansion Museum, Vergennes 
  Old Stone House Museum, Brownington
  Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh 

CENTRAL VERMONT

Open year round:
  Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock
  Vermont History Museum, Montpelier
  Vermont History Galleries at the Vermont History Center, Barre

Open seasonally spring, summer and fall:
  Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial and Visitor Center, South Royalton 
  Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes 
  Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park, Woodstock 

SOUTHERN VERMONT

Open year round:
Bennington Museum, Bennington
Hildene The Lincoln Family Home, Manchester

THROUGHOUT VERMONT

Open seasonally spring, summer and fall:
Vermont Historical Societies 
Vermont State Historic Sites (open year-round) 

guide shows an historic photograph in a room at the Morrill Homestead

VERMONT HISTORIC SITES

Vermont's state-owned historic sites chronicle the development of a state, its people, and the nation around it. Exhibits, shops and visitor amenities are open seasonally spring, summer and fall, while the grounds remain open to visitors throughout the winter months. Mount Independence trails are not maintained, but are suitable for walking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Bennington Battle Monument, Bennington
Chimney Point State Historic Site, Addison 
Eureka Schoolhouse, Springfield 
Hubbardton Battlefield, Hubbardton
Justin Morrill Homestead, Strafford 
Kent Tavern, Calais 
Mount Independence, Orwell
Old Constitution House, Windsor 
President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, Plymouth Notch 
President Chester A. Arthur State Historic Site, Fairfield 
Theron Boyd House, Quechee