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Southern Vermont Natural History Museum

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Southern Vermont Natural History Museum

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lmcconnell79 wrote a review Aug 2020
New York City, New York3 contributions1 helpful vote
This little museum is just awesome. They have an extensive collection of taxidermy birds and animals on exhibit and some pretty amazing live critters- owls, bald eagles, turtles, snakes, tarantula, hissing cockroaches. It was our first outing with our 5 and 8 year olds since Covid began in March and was a perfect choice. Mike and Chris were incredible. They brought out one of the owls for a lesson while we were there, just us! We also got to meet the hissing cockroaches (hissing and all) and the tarantula, “Lavender Brown.” They care so much about their animals and have personal stories about each. Quick note - the admission is super cheap - $14 for our family of 4. There are donation boxes n the main floor by the exit and downstairs by the live birds. I’m sure they could use the extra few bucks to help with the overhead of running things if you can spare it.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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ZeldaBoro wrote a review Jan 2020
Brattleboro, Vermont63 contributions23 helpful votes
Visited on a Friday for a Merlin Falcon demonstration and were lucky enough to get a private talk and viewing of a Merlin, a Barred Owl and a Red Tail Hawk. Mel, the presenter and staff person talked to us about the individual birds, their species and what we can do to help them thrive. It was a great visit and we stayed much longer than we expected. Bought a few things from the Hogback Mountain (Vermont cheeses 😁) store on the way out-oh, and the views on our sunny visit to Hogback were amazing. Fun trip for us locals. The display of taxidermy is fascinating-would be great if funding for museum style lighting would magically appear. Visit when they have demonstrations-you won’t be disappointed!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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LPMaineVa wrote a review Nov 2019
232 contributions39 helpful votes
We were happily surprised by this great collection of taxidermy birds and animals! What a variety and it was very interesting seeing this mans work from the early 1900's. It is definitely worth the admission price! There are stairs down from the gift shop and more stairs in the museum which can be a problem. The day I was there a person in a wheelchair wanted to visit but was trying to find a way in without the steps and we did not see them in the museum.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Bellaluna64 wrote a review Sep 2019
West Halifax, Vermont220 contributions84 helpful votes
This deceptively small natural history museum is a lot of fun.We discovered it recently when our friends rom away came to visit and asked to go there. The collection of taxidermy birds and animals is extensive and interesting .The small tags on each exhibit tell you where they were found..it's an old fashioned way of seeing some amazing animals and birds that are extinct now or very rare. The museum is staffed my knowledgeable and friendly volunteers who will bring out live birds and reptiles if you like so you can "meet " them. I had a very moving experience here do to the kindness of staff,Mike Clough and a volunteer Mel. From birth apparently I have been phobic of snakes ,however with their kindness, patience and knowledge I chose to work on that fear..and was rewarded by feeling so comfortable with a little corn snake that I touched it ,which was lovely.It was a highlight of my visit for sure. This is a wonderful place ...quite a few stairs but I have some trouble walking and I could do it easily. Thank you Mike and Mel for a magic visit.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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MKEQ wrote a review Jun 2019
Barre, Vermont98 contributions21 helpful votes
Was very excited to finally visit this museum but we were pretty disappointed. It is dark and poorly lit and the exhibits look like they haven’t been touched in decades. The floors slant downhill and there are lots of stairs. The live birds downstairs really should have much larger enclosures. There are much better natural history museums in VT (like VINS in Quechee or the Montshire in Norwich). I won’t go back and won’t take any company to this museum either.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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