Southern Vermont Natural History Museum

Southern Vermont Natural History Museum

Southern Vermont Natural History Museum
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Museum devoted to Southern Vermont's wildlife.
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JBH
409 contributions
Jul 2022
To visit, stop at the Hogback Mountain Country Store. There was construction when we visited, so we parked just passed the store in the next lot as we couldn't see other parking and then walked back on the highway to the store. Since it is one way traffic, you can walk along the road without meeting passing cars if you time it right.

You purchase tickets upstairs and then head downstairs for the self-guided tour. There is a collection of preserved Vermont creatures. Many of these are illegal to collect now and the man who preserved them was given a special permit to finish his collection when the rules changed. For that reason, It is a more complete representation of the area's wildlife than you will generally be able to find.

There are live creatures: birds, opossum, turtles, snakes, cockroaches, and a tarantula. When we visited it was feeding time for the birds. There was no one available to take animals or birds out for us to handle as other reviewers mentioned.

The live creatures are in the collection because they are unable to survive in the wild because of accidents or birth defects. They are allowed to harbor the animals to teach about the species. It is larger than other sanctuaries that we've been too because of the component of preserved wildlife.

There is also a large window to see the 100 mile view.
Written July 28, 2022
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Jeremy608306
Wallingford, PA79 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Pleasant surprise... discovered the museum while at the overlook giftshop and since it was in expensive bought admission.
The tour starts with a taxidermy area then li e reptiles, an area where we met Michael whom brought out a few snakes for the kids to "explore." After the reptile are we moved down one more floor to the live preditor birds where Michael met us to bring out an owl for the kids to meet.
Michael was extremely kind and good with kids.
I would recommend to all whom are there.
Written June 22, 2022
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Eric C
Oakdale, CT88 contributions
Oct 2015 • Family
This is a museum for those who want to think about and observe natural history specimens in a traditional museum setting. The bonus is the collection of live birds in protective care that reside in attached aviaries. This is not a place for overactive kids who want to punch buttons and run around. There are plenty of specimens for kids to touch, but kids under 10 are likely to get bored unless they are calm and fascinated by the study of nature. The attached gift shop and observation platform are excellent. Parking can be tough here on a busy fall weekend.
Written October 21, 2015
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Caoimhe317
Belfast, ME47 contributions
Sep 2015 • Solo
This is a combination attraction with the Hogback Mountain viewing platform, gift shop, and museum. Museum is small, but has an impressive collection of taxidermied animals collected during the early-mid 20th century. There are lovely views from the museum windows. Be sure to go downstairs to view the live hawks, eagles, and owls. Injuries prevent these birds from being released back into the wild. Their enclosures are rather small, giving visitors up-close views. If you approach slowly and quietly, the tiny screech owl will open an eye and purr.
Written October 7, 2015
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Karen S
Hoboken, NJ31 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
This is a really nice family activity in the Dover/Wilmington area. Beautiful view of the valley and New Hampshire. Museum is tiny but fun for the kids. There are some raptors including a bald eagle and many owls. In decent weather, go for a hike on the trail up the mountain which leads to a fire tower that is definitely with a climb to the top. You pick up the trail behind the distillery which is located across the parking lot. We hiked with our 7 and 10 year olds who had no problem. It is an interesting hike in part because you pass the remnants of the old chair lifts from the former Hogback mountain ski area and can see how the natural habitat is taking over the old ski runs.
Written August 20, 2015
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Manuel L
Hilton Head, South Carolina50 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
Nice and well presented Vermont Animals, Birds, etc..Located on top of Hogback Mountain with 3 State View..We take all of our visitors to this Museum..
Written August 15, 2015
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Krista S
Andover, MA49 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
We paid $5/person to walk through about 8 rooms of stuffed birds (they were well done but much of the lighting was turned off so you couldn't really see what was in the display cases). Only a little interactive. The worst part was the cages for the live birds of preys. They seemed very small, dark, and we wondered if the birds would have been better off dying in the wild than encased in these enclosures. It felt very claustrophobic. No one was there - to greet or talk to us. You buy your tickets upstairs from someone who is selling trinkets (some made in South Carolina?). We were told that the owner is in dialogue with an architect to make the birds' exhibits larger. They should be. They were awful.
Written June 21, 2015
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JMBCT
West Hartford, CT3 contributions
This is a glorified taxidermy museum with entire floors of stuffed animals. There are about a dozen live animals, the most interesting one being a bald eagle. Hardly worth the $5 price of adult admission and the staff rudely speculated that my son was lying about his age for reduced admission. I reassured her he was in fact just 9 but she was still offensive. Don't bother. Skip it.
Written July 8, 2014
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lin Y
Woodbridge, CT7 contributions
Dec 2013 • Family
we heard about this place from someone and never had time to visit during our ski trip. But there is always this great house at mountain top that everytime we drove by, I want to stop to enjoy the view. So this time we did, the scenery is just unbelivable beautiful especially it is after 6inch of fresh snow. Then we went in, there is this cutest country shop with a lot of cool stuff. Then my son made the discovery of the museum. How much they charge? almost nothing (2$ per kid, something like that). We spend hours there, talking to the staff, look at many and many items, reading the description, posing to take picture with the mountain lion (model), marveling at the bold eagle. It is really great. We truly enjoyed it. One of the best thing we did in this part of vermont.
Written January 3, 2014
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Mike L
Centreville, MD36 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
Definitely not a modern museum, but we were able to see close up birds that we had seen from a distance in the wild and the exhibits provide quite of bit of information. For $5 it didn't kill the budget. The live birds were neat to look at as well.
Written June 18, 2017
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