List of museums in Vermont

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This list of museums in Vermont encompasses museums defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

For Wikipedia links to institutions similar to museums in Vermont, consult the "See also" section.

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The list[edit]

Name Town/City County Area of study Summary/Website
Abenaki Indian Museum East Calais Washington Native American Rotating Abenaki museum that is displayed throughout the state, operated by the Ndakinna Cultural Center [1][2]
Adam's Grist Mill Museum Bellows Fall Windham Local history Operated by the Bellows Falls Historical Society[3]
American Museum of Fly Fishing Manchester Bennington Sports History of angling, including rods, reels, flies, tackle, art, photographs, manuscripts and books
American Precision Museum Windsor Windsor Industry Historically significant machine tools and techniques of precision manufacturing
Barnard Historical Society Museum Barnard Windsor Local history Located in the former village one-room school[4]
Barre Museum Barre Washington Local history Part of the Aldrich Public Library[5]
Bennington Museum Bennington Bennington Art Decorative arts including Vermont-made furniture, Bennington pottery, glass, fine art by area artists, Grandma Moses paintings[6]
Benson Museum Benson Rutland Local history [7]
Ben's Mill Barnet Caledonia Industry Historic mill building with many past uses, includes woodworking shop and blacksmith forge[8]
Bethel Historical Society Museum Bethel Windsor Local history [4][9]
Bill Wilson House East Dorset Bennington Biographical Birthplace and living memorial of Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson
Billings Farm and Museum Woodstock Windsor Agriculture working dairy farm, restored late 19th century period farmhouse, museum displays of cycle of rural life and work[10]
Birds of Vermont Museum Huntington Chittenden Natural history Displays more than 475 biologically accurate woodcarvings of Vermont birds
Black River Academy Museum Ludlow Windsor Local history
Bradford Historical Society Bradford Orange Local history Located in the Woods Academy Building[11]
Braintree Hill Meeting House Braintree Orange Local history Operated by the Braintree Historical Society[11]
Brandon Museum at the Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace Brandon Rutland History Story of local antislavery movement in contrast to politics of native son Stephen A. Douglas, Democratic Party nominee for president in 1860. Other local history.[12]
Brattleboro History Center Brattleboro Windham Local history Operated by the Brattleboro Historical Society[13]
Brattleboro Museum and Art Center Brattleboro Windham Art Features changing exhibits by regional and international artists, located in a former train station
Bread and Puppet Museum Glover Orleans Puppets Puppets and masks from the Bread and Puppet Theater
Brick Schoolhouse Museum Georgia Franklin History Local history, operated by the Georgia Historical Society,[14] also operates the Gordon's Mill Agricultural Museum
Cavendish Historical Society Museum Cavendish Windsor Local history Located in the former town hall[4]
Chaffee Art Center Rutland Rutland Art Includes exhibit gallery
Chester Historical Society Museum Chester Windsor Local history [15]
Chimney Point State Historic Site Addison Addison History Historic tavern, exhibits on area Abenaki, French and American Colonial settlers
Corinth Academy Museum Corinth Orange Local history Operated by the Corinth Historical Society[11]
Cornish Colony Museum Windsor Windsor Art Display of artists, sculptors, writers, architects and landscape designers who lived and worked in the Cornish Art Colony
Dorset Historical Society Museum Dorset Bennington Local history Area history, culture, marble industry, pottery, stencils[16]
Dover History Center Dover Windham Local history Located in the 1820 Harris House and blacksmith shop, operated by the Dover Historical Society[17][3]
Eaton Hall Museum Pittsford Rutland Local history Operated by the Pittsford Historical Society[18][7]
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center Burlington Chittenden Multiple Natural history, maritime history and ecology of Lake Champlain
Enosburgh Historical Society Museum Enosburg Falls Franklin Local history Operated by the Enosburgh Historical Society[14]
Estey Organ Museum Brattleboro Windham Organ Manufacturing Preserving, displaying, and the work of the Estey Organ Co.[19]
Ethan Allen Homestead Museum Burlington Chittenden Historic house Late 18th-century home Vermont's founder Ethan Allen[20]
Eureka Schoolhouse Springfield Windsor Education Late 18th century one room schoolhouse
Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium St. Johnsbury Caledonia Multiple Natural history, regional history, ethnography, public planetarium [21]
Fairfax Historical Society Museum Fairfax Franklin Local history Operated by the Fairfax Historical Society[22]
Farrar-Mansur House Weston Windsor Historic house Mid 19th-century period house[23]
Firehouse Gallery Burlington Chittenden Art Operated by Burlington City Arts, contemporary art
First Congregational Church Museum Berkshire Franklin Local history Operated by the Berkshire Historical Society[14]
Fleming Museum of Art Burlington Chittenden Art, Anthropology Part of the University of Vermont, art and artifacts from Ancient Egypt, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. 25,000 objects. Opened in 1931.[24]
Franklin Historical Society Museum Franklin Franklin Local history Located in a late 19th-century log cabin[14]
Garipay House Hartford Windsor Historic house Operated by the Hartford Historical Society[25]
General Wait House Waitsfield Washington Local history Operated by the Waitsfield Historical Society[26]
Goodrich Memorial Library Newport Orleans Local history Includes display cases and exhibits of local historical items, natural history displays and art
Goodwillie House Museum Barnet Caledonia Local history Operated by the Barnet Historical Society, open fall foliage weekends and by appointment[27][28]
Grafton Historical Society Museum Grafton Windham Local history [29]
Green Mountain Perkins Academy South Woodstock Windsor Education 19th-century private high school[30]
Guilford Historical Society Museum Guilford Windham Local history Located in the old town hall[31]
Halifax Historical Society Museum Halifax Windham Local history [3]
Hartland Historic Society Museum Hartland Windsor Local history [32]
Hartness-Porter Museum of Amateur Telescope Making Springfield Windsor Science Collection of amateur telescopes, located in the historic Governor James Hartness Mansion, open during selected hours during the weekend of the annual Stellafane Convention[33]
Helen Day Art Center Stowe Lamoille Art [34]
Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History Middlebury Addison Local history Includes the early 19th-century Judd-Harris House with collections of 19th and 20th century Vermont furniture, paintings, and household objects, and the Walter Cerf Gallery with changing exhibits of art and area history[35]
Higley House Museum Castleton Rutland Local history Operated by the Castleton Historical Society[36]
Hildene Manchester Bennington Historic house Early 20th century summer mansion of Robert Todd Lincoln
Historical Society of Wilmington Museum Wilmington Windham Local history Located in the Barber House[3]
Hubbardton Battlefield Hubbardton Rutland Military Visitor center exhibits about the Battle of Hubbardton in the American Revolutionary War
Hughes Barn Museum Thetford Orange Local history Operated by the Thetford Historical Society, artifacts of farming, trades and rural life in the 19th century[37]
Hyde Log Cabin Grand Isle Grand Isle Historic house Late 18th century period log house
Isle La Motte Historical Society Isle La Motte Franklin Local history Includes 1840 schoolhouse, 19th-century blacksmith shop and 19th-century log cabin[14]
John Strong Mansion Museum Addison Addison Historic house Late 18th-century brick home, operated by the Vermont Daughters of the American Revolution[38]
Justin Smith Morrill Homestead Strafford Orange Historic house 19th century home of United States Senator Justin Smith Morrill
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Vergennes Addison Maritime Includes shipwrecks, boats, maritime artifacts
Lincoln Historical Society Lincoln Addison Local history 18th-century farmhouse and 19th-century barn museum[39]
Londonderry Arts & Historical Society Londonderry Windham Local history Located in the 1814 Rev. E. H. Newton House[40][3]
Main Street Museum White River Junction Windsor Art Eclectic display space for material culture and an experiment in a new taxonomy
Marlboro Historical Society Museum Marlboro Windham Local history Located in the Custer Sharp House[41][3]
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Woodstock Windsor Historic house
Marvin Newton House Brookfield Orange Local history Operated by the Brookfield Historical Society[11]
Middlebury College Museum of Art Middlebury Addison Art Includes antiquities, Asian art, and American and European painting and sculpture from the Renaissance through the 19th century [42]
Middletown Springs Historical Society Museum Middletown Springs Rutland Local history Located in the Adams House on the Green[43]
Miller Art Center Springfield Windsor Multiple Operated by the Springfield Art & Historical Society, local history, fine art, decorative arts, photos, clothing, dolls, military artifacts[44]
Montshire Museum of Science Norwich Windsor Science Includes exhibits on anatomy, math, astronomy, mechanics, and natural history, trails and live animals
Mount Holly Community Historical Museum Mount Holly Rutland Local history Located in the Adams House on the Green[45]
Mount Independence State Historic Site Orwell Addison Military Museum and American Revolutionary War archaeological site
Museum of the Creative Process Manchester Bennington Sculpture, Modern Art, Painting Includes exhibits on religion, psychology, creativity, and politics
National Museum of the Morgan Horse Middlebury Addison Natural history Operated by the American Morgan Horse Association, history of the Morgan Horse[46]
Nature Museum at Grafton Grafton Windham Nature center [47]
New England Maple Museum Rutland Rutland Food [48]
New England Transportation Institute and Museum White River Junction Windsor Transportation Area river, rail and air history
Norman Rockwell Exhibit Arlington Bennington Art Focuses on Norman Rockwell's art and years in Arlington from 1939-1953, framed magazine covers, ads, and illustrations[49]
North Hero Historical Society Museum North Hero Franklin Local history Known as the "Hookenspoon", open seasonally on weekends[50]
Northfield Historical Society Museum Northfield Washington Local history [51]
Norwich Historic Society Museum Norwich Windsor Local history [52]
Noyes House Museum Morrisville Lamoille Historic house Operated by the Morristown Historical Society, 19th-century life, includes furniture, textiles, military objects, clothing, photographs, pottery, folk and fine art, tools and objects of daily life[53]
Old Constitution House Windsor Windsor Historic house 18th century tavern, birthplace of the Vermont Republic and the Constitution of the State of Vermont
Old Mill Museum Weston Windsor Mill Early 20th-century period grinding mill[23]
Old Stone House Museum Brownington Orleans Open air 19th century life in northern Vermont, including furniture, textiles, photographs, pottery, folk and fine art, tools and utensils of daily life; includes six buildings on 55 acres in the Brownington Village Historic District, operated by the Orleans County Historical Society
Park-McCullough Historic House North Bennington Bennington Historic house Mid-19th-century mansion
Peacham Historical Association Museum Peacham Caledonia Local history Operated by the Peacham Historical Association[54]
Poultney Historical Society Poultney Rutland Local history Includes an 1896 schoolhouse, Melodeon Factory and late 18th-century period Union Academy schoolhouse[55][7]
President Calvin Coolidge State Historical Site Plymouth Windsor Historic house Early 20th century period family homestead of President Calvin Coolidge
President Chester A. Arthur State Historic Site Fairfield Franklin Historic house Reconstructed childhood home of President Chester A. Arthur
Randolph Historical Society Museum Randolph Orange Local history Located above the police station[11][56]
Reading Historical Society Museum Reading Windsor Local history [4]
Readsboro Historical Society Museum Readsborol Bennington Local history [57]
Reverend Dan Foster House Weathersfield Windsor Historic house Operated by the Weathersfield Historical Society, 18th-century house with local historic items including Civil War memorabilia, a children's school room, tools, clothing and textiles[58]
Richford Historical Society Museum Richford Franklin Local history Located in a 1908 firestation[59]
Robert Frost Stone House Museum Shaftsbury Bennington Historic house Home of early 20th century poet Robert Frost[60]
Rokeby Museum Ferrisburgh Addison Historic house 18th-century house that served as a safe house along the Underground Railroad
Rupert Historical Society Museum Rupert Bennington Local history [61]
Rutland Historical Society Rutland Rutland Local history Located in the 1860 Nickwackett Fire House[62]
Saxtons River Historical Society Museum Saxtons River Windham Local history [3]
Shelburne Farms Shelburne Chittenden Multiple National Historic Landmark, includes guided tours and seasonal art exhibits
Shelburne Museum Shelburne Chittenden Multiple Includes folk art, Americana, 1950s House, Impressionist and American paintings, quilts and textiles, decorative arts, furniture, 17th-to 20th-century artifacts, historic buildings, Ticonderoga (steamboat), decoys
Shores Memorial Museum Lyndon Caledonia Local history Operated by the Lyndon Historical Society[28][63]
Shrewsbury Historical Society Museum Cuttingsville Rutland Local history website, open seasonally on Sunday afternoons
Southern Vermont Arts Center Manchester Bennington Art Includes the Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum with 19th and 20th century works, including works by Luigi Lucioni, and a sculpture park[64]
Southern Vermont Natural History Museum Marlboro Windham Natural history [65]
St. Albans Historical Society Museum St. Albans Franklin Local history [66]
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum St. Johnsbury Caledonia Art Features American and European art
St. Johnsbury History & Heritage Center St. Johnsbury Caledonia Local history [67]
Stowe Historical Society Museum Stowe Lamoille Local history [68]
Sullivan Museum and History Center Northfield Washington History History of Norwich University[69]
Swanton Railroad Depot Museum Swanton Franklin Railroad Operated by the Swanton Historical Society[70]
T. W. Wood Gallery & Arts Center Montpelier Washington Art Features works of Thomas Waterman Wood and many of his artistic colleagues and contemporaries, and art from the state's Federal Art Project collection[71]
Town House Museum Sheffield Caledonia Local history Operated by the Sheffield Historical Society[28]
Vermont Heritage Galleries Barre Washington History Operated by the Vermont Historical Society, changing exhibits of state and local city history[72]
Vermont History Museum Montpelier Washington History Operated by the Vermont Historical Society, state history from 1600 to the present[72]
Vermont Marble Museum Proctor Rutland Industry Contributions of Vermont marble and the Vermont Marble Company
Vermont National Guard Library and Museum Colchester Chittenden Military History of the Vermont National Guard, both Army and Air Force, and the military heritage of the State of Vermont and its veterans[73]
Vermont Scale Museum Weston Windsor Commodity Located in the Vermont Country Store, collection of scales and measures[23]
Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum Stowe Lamoille Sports Vermont's skiing and snowboarding history
Vernon Historians Vernon Windham Local history Located in a one-room schoolhouse[3]
Waterbury Historical Society Museum Waterbury Washington Local history Located in the Waterbury Public Library[74]
Westminster Historical Society Museum Westminster Windham Local history Located on the second floor of the town hall[75][3]
Whitingham Historical Society Museum Whitingham Windham Local history [3]
Williamstown Historical Society Museum Williamstown Orange Local history Open by appointment[11]
Wilson Castle Proctor Rutland Historic house 19th century estate
Windham County Historical Museum Newfane Windham Local history Operated by the Historical Society of Windham County[76][3]
Winhall Museum Winhall Bennington Local history [61]
Woodstock History Center Woodstock Windsor Local history Operated by the Woodstock Historical Society[77]

Defunct museums[edit]

  • National Museum of the Morgan Horse, Shelburne[78]
  • Precision Valley Corvette Museum, Springfield, formerly part of the Springfield Diner[79]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ a b c d "Windsor County Historical Societies". Vermont Historical Society. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
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  6. ^ Bennington Museum
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  10. ^ Billings Farm and Museum
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  18. ^ "Official site". Pittsford Historical Society. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  19. ^ "Official site". Estey Organ Museum. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  20. ^ "Official site". Ethan Allen Homestead Museum. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
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  32. ^ "Official site". Hartland Historical Society. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
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  51. ^ "Official site". Northfield Historical Society. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
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  79. ^ [1][dead link]

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