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Though Vermont is known for its scenic beauty and its outdoor activities, it has plenty to draw travelers who prefer cultural experiences. You'll find a performing group in almost every town throughout the state, so leave some travel evenings open to take in a show.
Classical music lovers can enjoy concerts by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, which performs around the state. Another classical music company is the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, taking center stage at the University of Vermont Recital Hall. There's more chamber music at Yellow Barn, in Putney. The Vermont Philharmonic, in Montpelier, is 60 musicians strong. You can also hear music throughout the state at festivals like the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival and the Champlain Valley Fair.
The Barre Opera House dates back to 1899 and now features a variety of musical and theatrical acts. The Vergenne Opera House is even older, built back in 1897, and still the setting for many great concerts and shows.
Higher Ground in Burlington draws some big name musical acts and comedians. The Monkey House in Winooski is also known for hosting musical acts almost every night.
Burlington is home to a number of live performance spaces. The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts hosts music, Broadway, dance, and other shows on its main stage and in the more intimate FlynnSpace. Main Street Landing presents a variety of live performances and films. Find innovative plays at Off Center for Dramatic Arts.
The Dibden Center for the Arts is on the campus of Northern Vermont University in Johnson. In Johnsbury, Catamount Arts encompasses all the arts, including films, exhibitions, and dance, music, and theatrical performances.
In Montpelier, Lost Nation Theater presents an original show every year, along with a musical, dramas, and comedies.
There are museums for every interest in Vermont, from art to marble.
The Bennington Center for the Arts has a unique mix of art, including Native American, southwestern, wildlife art, and bird carvings. The beautiful grounds are home to wind sculptures. The Center is also the site of the Covered Bridge Museum.
Explore Vermont's history at the Bennington Museum, with artifacts including the revolutionary Bennington Flag and only-in-Vermont toys. Spend some time enjoying the museum grounds, which include the Hadwen Forest and George Aiken Wildflower Trail. You can take another look at the state's history at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier. Learn about shipwrecks in the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum near Burlington.
The Shelburne Museum is a blend of art and history, with paintings and furniture displayed in historic buildings including the Vergennes Schoolhouse.
Norman Rockwell, whose illustrations are synonymous with Americana, is celebrated at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Rutland. The museum showcases more than 2,500 of his magazine covers.
There have been many extraordinary works of art created in marble; learn about the material itself at the Vermont Marble Museum in Proctor, close to Rutland.
A museum visit is delicious when the museum you're visiting is the New England Maple Museum. Check out the collection of sugaring artifacts and plan to spend serious time in the Tasting Room.