Shelburne Museum

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6000 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT, United States

Shelburne Museum is a must visit location for School Groups of all Grades and ages. The museum  offers a unique collection of over 150,000 works including Impressionist paintings, folk art, quilts and textiles, decorative arts, furniture, American paintings, and a dazzling array of 17th-to 20th-century artifacts. The collections are housed in 39 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.

The Museum’s collections, educational programs for School Groups and teachers, special events, workshops, activities, and special exhibitions constantly offer new perspectives on four centuries of art and material culture, assuring visitors a museum experience unlike any other.

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Shelburne Museum for School groups All Grades

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Pack your bags for an School Group educational adventure at Shelburne Museum!

Passport to Learning is an exciting series of twelve interactive workshops for students in grades K-8 that meet educational standards from Vermont’s Framework of Standards and Grade Expectations and introduce students to concepts and themes in art, language arts, math, science, and social studies through a facilitated exploration of Shelburne Museum.

  • We offer Passport to Learning for School groups each spring and fall.
  • We are currently accepting reservations for School Groups for September 24 through October 12, 2012. Monday, October 1 is reserved exclusively for homeschooling families
  • We can accommodate up to 200 students per day.
  • School Group arrivals are staggered to aid traffic flow through the workshops.Workshops run concurrently from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The last workshop session of the day begins at 1:30 p.m.
  • Workshops begin promptly on the half hour.
  • Each workshop for School Groups closes for a 30-minute break during the day.
  • Workshops run on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Workshops for School Groups can accommodate between 10 and 20 students at a time. We encourage classrooms to divide into small groups of 4 to 6 students each, with at least one chaperone per group.
  • You may choose to complete as few or as many workshops as you would like. We recommend that students and School Groups in grades K-2 attend 2-3 workshops and students in grades 3-8 attend 3-5 workshops in a visit.
  • Every student receives a passport upon arrival. At the completion of a workshop each student receives a stamp in his or her passport.
  • Every student receives a pass to return to the Museum for free with one paid adult.


Passport to Learning costs $5 per student and $5 per chaperone. School staff or one parent per home-schooled family are admitted free.


To register your classroom or your homeschooling family for Passport to Learning, please use our online registration form to register

Passport School Group WorkShops

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The Great Rocket Race

Can you predict the factors that will make the most successful rocket? Explore the temporary exhibit “Time Machines: Robots, Rockets, and Steampunk,” then launch several rockets to see which flies the highest. This workshop begins at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., and 1 p.m. and lasts approximately 50 minutes.

  • Webb Gallery
  • 10
  • 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m.
  • 9-10 a.m.
  • Suitable for School Group grades K-8.
  • Recommended for School Group grades 3-8.
  • Extension activities are forthcoming.

Drama in the Tavern

Participants learn about life in 1820s Vermont while role playing to solve the mystery of the hidden apprentice and the horse thief.


Hitchin’ a Ride

Students investigate 19th-century modes of transportation and compare them to contemporary means of travel.

Kraken Up

Acquaint yourself with the creatures of the deep sea through visual art and poetry.

Let’s Play!

Participants enjoy children’s pastimes from times past. Find out how they compare to today’s toys and games.

Settling In

Children gain insight into life in the late 18th century while exploring the Settlers’ House and Barn and participating in daily household activities.

  • Settlers’ House
  • 15
  • 12-12:30 p.m.
  • Suitable for School Group grades K-8.
  • Recommended for School Group grades K-8.

Download extension activities for this workshop.

Shop ‘til You Drop

Children “purchase” and “sell” goods through a combination of bartering, paying with cash, and using credit.

  • General Store
  • 15
  • 12:30-1 p.m.
  • Suitable for School group grades K-8.
  • Recommended for School Group grades 2-6.

Download extension activities for this workshop.

Sign of the Times

Discover the symbolism of trade signs. Can you figure out which sign goes with which trade? Do the trades of the 18th and 19th centuries exist today?

  • Stagecoach Inn
  • 15
  • 10:30-11 a.m.
  • Suitable for School Group grades K-8.
  • Recommended for School Group grades 1-5.

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Train Tracking

Students investigate communication methods that kept 19th and 20th-century railroads running smoothly and safely and try sending messages by Morse code.

Who’s for Lunch?

Students gain an understanding of the interdependence of a food chain by playing a Web of Life game. Participants also become familiar with the goals of wildlife conservation.

  • Beach Lodge
  • 20
  • 11-11:30 a.m.
  • Suitable for School Group grades K-8.
  • Recommended for School group grades K-5.

Download extension activities for this workshop.

You Be the Judge

Using examples of actual petty crimes committed in Vermont in the early 20th century, students decide who should stand trial and who should go without punishment.

 Self Guided Visits

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Groups from high schools, colleges, summer camps, or other organizations may opt for a self-guided visit to Shelburne Museum. Self-guided visits allow your group to explore the Museum at your own pace and visit the exhibits and buildings that are of the most interest to your group.

We are now accepting reservations for self-guided visits during the 2012 season. Entry to the Museum is permitted as early as 10 a.m. for self-guided visits.

Admission for students in grades K-12 is $5 per student and parent chaperone. School or organization faculty and staff are admitted free.

Admission for college or other adult education groups is $10 per person. School or organization faculty and staff are admitted free.

Reservations are required for group rates. Please contact Hannah Weisman, academic programs coordinator, at (802) 985-3346 x3395 or to make a reservation.


Additional Information

Current Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions

The Pizzagalli Center for Art

The Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education is Shelburne Museum’s new year-round facility. With two galleries, classroom space and an auditorium, the Pizzagalli Center is a regional cultural resource for art, music, film, lectures and symposia. Before the Pizzagalli Center opened, Shelburne Museum was dormant from November through mid-May. The Center enables the Museum to better fulfill its educational and cultural missions and enhance and expand its offerings.

Winter Season Hours and Admission: Nov. 1, 2013 – May

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Admisson and Location Hours

Museum Hours 

Shelburne Museum is open from Nov. 1, 2013 – May 10, 2014

Sunday: 12 PM – 5 PM*

Monday: 10 AM – 5 PM

Tuesday: 10 AM – 5 PM

Wednesday: 10 AM – 5 PM

Thursday: 10 AM – 5 PM

(10 AM – 7:30 PM, mid-June – mid-Aug.)

Friday: 10 AM – 5 PM

Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM

Museum admission 

Ticket prices include admission for a second consecutive day! (After 4 PM tickets excluded.)

Adults: $20

Children (ages 5 – 18) : $10

Children (under 5): Free

Family Day Pass : $50
(2 adults and their children ages 5 – 18)

Museum Members: Free

Vermont Residents :

Half price, thanks to a generous grant by Lois McClure

After 4 PM:

Half price, except on Thursdays, mid-June through mid- August

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