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“Shelburne Museum”
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Shelburne Museum
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Shelburne
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Owner description: Museum in Vermont that displays approximately 80,000 items of folk art and similar works.
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“Shelburne Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014

Spent a great day at Shelburne Museum. The weather was lovely. Not sure I would go in the rain since there is a bit of walking between the buildings, train car, boat, etc. There are many interesting collections housed on the property, including circus memorabilia, horse-drawn carriages, dolls, quilts/samplers, glassware/dishes, guns/rifles, stuffed bear (taxidermy). They have a covered bridge, one-room school house and a lighthouse, also--something for everyone.
There is a cafe for lunch or snack. Definitely take the 15 minute tram ride around the property before starting out on your own. It was very informative and gave you the "lay of the land". Plenty of parking and a large gift shop. We spent 4 hours but went into every building and rode the free carousel. You could easily spend more time if you read all the informational placards.

Visited July 2014
Thank Debbie P
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“Full day of exploration”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014

I know, a full day? Yep, it will take you a day or two if you want to see it all. One good thing is you get two days on your admission to do it.
Now, there were younger kids there and they were having fun in most of the buildings but frankly the fine are buildings were not small kid friendly if yours are the touch and feel type like mine were.
My Sister spent a lot of time poking around the collections of toys, glassware, dolls and so much more while we hung out with the firearms, wagons, jail and blacksmith shop. All three of us enjoyed the fine art buildings including the newest one at the top of the hill next to the entrance.

The best surprise was lunch. The grill has an inside counter with chairs and tables where we opted to eat grilled sandwiches with slaw. Vermont cheddar with thin sliced beef and horseradish sauce, yummmmie..

I know some of you love fine art and you will love this place.
Some of you are interested in 1800's transportation or building or dolls or even circus. This is the place to go. Top it off with the last of the steam paddle wheel passenger ships on Lake Champlain and you will not be disappointed.

Visited August 2014
1 Thank WmM903
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Morrisville, Vermont
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266 reviews
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“Wonderful museum for local lore!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2014

This is a terrific museum for Vermont and New England lore, as well as some amazing impressionist paintings (thanks to the founder who donated them when she founded the museum). The layout is beautiful with gorgeous gardens, very walkable. Also has a shuttle to travel around the grounds

Visited July 2014
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Fort Stockton, Texas
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“Amazing collection!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2014

No where else in the USA can you see a collection of American Folk Art as vast as the one here. In addition to folk art. LAN to spend the day, you will not be disappointed. Great for all ages.

Visited July 2014
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Worcester, Massachusetts
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“Extremely well done - something for everyone”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2014

As someone who lives near one of the best Americana museums in the country - The Henry Ford and Greenfield Village, I assumed this would make a pleasant day trip, but nothing I hadn't seen before. Was I wrong. Not that the aforementioned complex isn't an amazing thing to do in the Detroit area, and there is some overlap - seen one locomotive, kind of seen them all. (Okay, every train lover in America just booed, loudly.) but, the HF is all about industry and cars, the Shelburne is all about - well everything.

I loved loved loved the high-end carriages and artifacts from the gilded age. (hatboxes - who knew??) The toy collection is first rate and is great for kids. I was very impressed with the collection of WORKING printing presses - and the volunteer who explained them all and gave us a live demonstration. Actually all the artisan buildings and displays: the blacksmith, the weavers, the quilt display, were extremely well done. The volunteers were friendly, knowledgeable and made you want to just hang out and watch. The art is first rate - you'll find everything from American folk art to the fine art of the Impressionists. Then there is a delightful circus building that is so unique and all the Vermont specific buildings and items. (Love guns as artwork? You've got to check out their collection of Vermont made weapons.) Of course the crown jewel is the dry-docked paddle-wheel Ticonderoga. I have seen multiple renovated boats/ships, but this one is special. I've never seen one down so well and so accessible to so many from end to end, top to bottom.

The museum is a beautiful, well maintained, landscaped area. You can walk, a lot, and there are shuttles that continually circle. We needed that particular plus after three plus hours of wandering. We could have spent a lot more time here. We saw so much, yet still felt like we just scratched the surface. The ticket is good for two days, I wish we would have had the time to take advantage of it.If you are in the area - do yourself a favor - stop in. There really is something here that will be of interest to everyone in your family.

Visited July 2014
3 Thank Laurie S
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