Vermont - Cultural Destinations


Bennington Museum (Bennington)
The Bennington Museum is known as the trusted caretaker of the largest collection of Grandma Moses art and memorabilia available to the public. The Bennington Museum was founded as the Bennington Historical Association in 1875 to celebrate Bennington's Colonial past and, more specifically, to commemorate the historic Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington in 1777. Over the years our mission has expanded to preserve and interpret the rich history of southern Vermont and neighboring regions. Open daily.

ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain (Burlington)
ECHO reflects the Ecology, Culture, History and Opportunity of the Lake Champlain Basin—the core mission of the new lake aquarium, science center and community resource—as well as recognizing Senator Patrick Leahy for his longstanding commitment to this project and the stewardship of Lake Champlain and its watershed. Open daily.

Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium (St. Johnsbury)
The Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium was founded in 1889 by St. Johnsbury industrialist Franklin Fairbanks. A lifelong amateur naturalist, Fairbanks collected examples of nature’s artistry and diversity throughout the world. His vast personal collections were first made accessible to the public in his mansion. He then commissioned architect Lambert Packard to design a monumental structure in which to make his collections available for display and study. Today, the museum’s collections are divided into four categories: Historical; Natural Sciences; Siber Gallery; and World Cultures. Open daily; closed Monday from October 22, 2007 to April 14, 2008.

Montshire Museum of Science(Norwich)
The Montshire Museum of Science is a hands-on museum located in Norwich offering dozens of exciting exhibits relating to the natural and physical sciences, ecology and technology. The building is located on a 110-acre site near the Connecticut River, and the museum's outdoor environment is a large part of the visitor experience. Science Park is a two-acre exhibit area in a beautiful, park-like setting. Also outside is a network of easy-to-moderate walking trails for visitors of all ages and fitness levels. Open daily.

Shelburne Museum(Shelburne)
Located in Vermont's scenic Lake Champlain valley, Shelburne Museum is one of the nation's finest, most diverse and most unconventional museums of art and Americana. More than 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the museum grounds.

Impressionist paintings, folk art, quilts and textiles, decorative arts, furniture, American paintings, and a dazzling array of 17th- to 20th-century artifacts are on view. Shelburne is home to the finest museum collections of 19th-century American folk art, quilts, 19th- and 20th-century decoys and carriages. Open daily May 20, 2007 to October 28, 2007.

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