Shelburne Museum – New England’s Smithsonian

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Photo Courtesy to the Shelburne Museum

Above Photo Photo Courtesy to the Shelburne Museum

Visit one of the nation’s finest, most diverse and unconventional museums of art and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the museum grounds. They include houses, barns, a meeting house, a one-room schoolhouse, a lighthouse, a jail, a general store and a covered bridge.

Shelburne Museum's Round Barn is a unique gallery space and one of 25 historic buildings relocated to the grounds. The rare barn was built in 1901 after a Shaker design and moved to the museum in 1985-86 where it was reconstructed.

Shelburne Museum's Round Barn is a unique gallery space and one of 25 historic buildings relocated to the grounds. The rare barn was built in 1901 after a Shaker design and moved to the museum in 1985-86 where it was reconstructed. - Photo Courtesy to the Shelburne Museum

Step aboard the 220-foot Ticonderoga, a National Historic Landmark and last steam-powered side wheeler of its type in the country. Folk art, quilts and textiles, Impressionist paintings, decorative arts, furniture, American paintings and a dazzling array of 17th to 20th-century artifacts are on view. Shelburne is home to the finest museum collections of 19th-century American folk art, quilts, 19th and 20th-century decoys and carriages. Stroll the paved walkways or ride the jitney through the village-like setting of historic New England architecture accented by landscape that includes over 400 lilacs, a circular formal garden, herb and heirloom vegetable gardens and perennial gardens. A café on the Museum grounds is open during museum hours and serves a diverse menu. Special interest tours can be arranged.