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Southern Vermont Arts Center

West Rd, Manchester, VT 05254
802-362-1405
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Ranked #4 of 10 attractions in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Galleries
Owner description: Founded more than 50 years ago by a group of local artists, the cultural center includes a beautiful Georgian mansion that showcases changing... more » Owner description: Founded more than 50 years ago by a group of local artists, the cultural center includes a beautiful Georgian mansion that showcases changing exhibits, the Arkell Pavillion, a performing arts center and the Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum, which houses the center's permanent collection of more than 700 paintings. « less
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Ottawa, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We visited the Southern Vermont Arts Centre to take in the outdoor sculptures and were blown away by the sight of huge art installations in the middle of beautiful meadowland, surrounded by towering mountains. Breathtaking! The art exhibitions indoors of local Vermont artists and their depictions of Vermont are worth an afternoon - you appreciate the artists' perspective of the... More

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Manchester, Vermont
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Fantastic setting half-way up Mt. Equinox. Great job of incorporating community. From performances (dance, classical guitar etc) to sculptures to paintings this center has more than you would expect for any small town in Vermont.

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Mass.
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75 reviews 75 reviews
18 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Nice small art museum, with interesting sculptures on the grounds. Worth a stop if you have time. People there are very pleasant

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Lincoln, Massachusetts
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We went here during the winter so the only thing open was the art gallery. We spent a bit of time talking with the person there, and that was nice. Then we saw an exhibit of local artists. It was too snowy to walk outside and see all the sculptures. Maybe on another visit.

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Killington, Vermont
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63 reviews 63 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

SVAC always has interesting artists on display in the new building with the more traditional/long-term showings on display in the original (period) building. The new building is fantastic and supplies the perfect backdrop for shows. The grounds and lane approaching the center are worth the trip on their own merit. If you're in the area, we highly recommend spending some... More

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Allendale, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

This is a wonderful place to spend time while in Vermont. The building and its history is fascinating and the artwork, available for purchase, is often of a remarkable quality. We'll be sure to return during better weather to be able to take advantage of the beautiful grounds.

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Manchester, Vermont
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9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The SVAC is a gem of place to visit while in Manchester, VT This historic building is itself a wonder to visit and there are always something different going on here from art, to performances the Southern Vermont Arts Center is worth a visit! There is also a little cafe to enjoy lunch with a great view!

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Huntsville, Alabama
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48 reviews 48 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

I couldn't find the botany trail without asking someone. We were wowed by all the outside sculptures as you drive up the windy road. The grounds are kept up nicely.

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Coconut Creek, Florida
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170 reviews 170 reviews
12 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

I hiked in from the Equinox trail system, but they had plenty of parking available. They have a free museum & another more modern one for $6. Friendly greeting! The art is updated frequently. Worth a visit.

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New York
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Very enjoyable place.Museum contains very nice pictures and sculptures from american artists.Wonderful modern sculptures located through-out beautiful grounds

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