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Museums in Vermont
Spend a day exploring some of the unique museums in Vermont.
Formerly the Bennington Historical Association, the Bennington Museum was founded in 1852 in the city of Bennington. The museum is known for unique-to-Vermont artwork, toys, maps and books, and military artifacts.
The Flag Gallery features the famed Bennington Flag, along with Hadwen Woods and the George Aiken Wildflower Trail in the surrounding area. The Bennington Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from July to October, and closed Wednesdays from November to June.
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Founded in 1985, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is located in northern Vermont on the southern shore of Lake Champlain – just south of Burlington. A non-profit museum, the LCMM focuses on the archaeology of shipwrecks found in Lake Champlain.
Known for its fleet of replica vessels, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum plays hosts to several boat shows and rowing competitions. Closed for the winter, LCMM is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
New England Maple Museum
Life in the northeast of the US can yield unique and advantageous rewards. In Vermont, for example, one of the top local productions is Maple syrup. During your next visit to the Green Mountain State, head for the city of Rutland and check out the very delicious New England Maple Museum.
Found in Pittsford, just north of Rutland, the New England Maple Museum is open seven days a week, and is family owned and operated. You'll explore, as they call it, "the most complete collection of sugaring artifacts in existence," when you tour the New England Maple Museum. Be sure to check out the Tasting Room and the Gift Shop.
Norman Rockwell Museum
Those who visit Vermont are often struck by how many unique, impressive, and ultimately must-see attractions there are available in the state. Whether it be awe-inspiring outdoor adventures, or the seemingly endless amount of museums to tour, Vermont has it all. And one of those sites you'll no doubt want to visit is the Normal Rockwell Museum.
Found in the city of Rutland, just along Highway 4, the Norman Rockwell Museum celebrates the life and work of the American-born author, illustrator, and painter. Established in 1976, the Norman Rockwell Museum is home to a wide range of Rockwell's art and Rockwell-inspired works. You can find unique and interesting artifacts, like the more than 2,500 magazine covers he graced, and plenty more. Visit soon.
Established in 1947, the Shelburne Museum is located on 45 acres in northern Vermont near Lake Champlain – all just south of Burlington. Showcasing more than 150,000 works across 39 buildings – more than half of which are historic structures.
Collected by Electra Havemeyer Webb, the exhibits of Shelburne Museum include Americana paintings, quilts, furniture, and crafts. Museum exhibition buildings include the Vergennes Schoolhouse, Electra Havemeyer Webb Memorial Building, Webb Gallery, and more.
Vermont History Museum
History is alive and well in Northern Vermont. The Vermont History Museum, located in Montpelier, proudly displays the state's cultural history through its exhibits and displays. In 2004, the permanent display, Freedom and Unity: One Ideal, Many Stories, was the recipient of a national award.
Stroll through this 5,000 square foot exhibit to learn about the history of Vermont dating back to 1600. Take your time to view the three themes: What is wise use of the land?, Who are the Vermonters? and How do we foster a democratic society?
The museum, located next to the Vermont State House, is managed by the Vermont Historical Society. The society has been collecting information, materials, documents and artifacts, preserving the history of Vermont, since 1838. While in Northern Vermont, enjoy a short and scenic drive to Waterbury.
Vermont Marble Museum
Make plans to visit Vermont soon and be sure to check out the impressive Vermont Marble Museum. Though the Green Mountain State has its fair share of impressive and must-tour museums, this one might just stand out above the rest. Found in Proctor, just a few minutes from nearby Rutland, the Vermont Marble Museum is an exceptional offering.
You'll find the Vermont Marble Museum in a wing of the old, no defunct, Vermont Marble Company building. As you embark on your tour of the Vermont Marble Museum, you'll no doubt be wow'd by the Hall of Presidents exhibit, which features a marble-carved bust of each U.S. President.