101 Northfield St.
Montpelier, VT 05602
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Arts & Museums
Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium gives you the chance to explore the world with its massive collections. Boasting of over 175,000 items, the collections here are of animal and plant specimens, rocks and minerals, and several other artifacts. Many other ethological items from different continents can also be found here. The building is also home to the Lymann Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, that offers guided tours every week. The museum was created inside a beautiful Victorian building, by an industrialist named Franklin Fairbanks.
Housed inside the Mahaney Center of Arts inside the Middlebury College, the Middlebury College Museum of Art boasts a surprisingly diverse range of exhibits ranging from vintage artifacts, photography, European & American sculptures and paintings. Check the website for a list of collections, exhibitions and upcoming events which include discussions, family workshops, lectures and educational programs.
Opened in 1931 and set in the campus of the University of Vermont, the Robert Hull Fleming Museum is always frequented by the student community who avail of the rich and vast resources available at hand. Historical art and anthropological artifacts have been carefully preserved and attract the attention of every visitor. Check the website for varying dates.
The Ethan Allen Homestead Museum enjoys a peaceful location in Burlington, and is a fitting tribute to Ethan Allen, fondly referred to as the city's own son. The 1787-constructed farmhouse has been actually rebuilt, and offers visitors a fascinating peek into his life through audio-visual displays. Guided tours are available and one can easily pick up souvenirs at the shop. Call ahead or visit their website for varying open days.
Housed inside a spacious white building in Norwich along the Connecticut River, the Montshire Museum Of Science is an inspiring space whose exhibits on the natural and physical sciences are awesome. The outdoor areas and the state-of-the-art galleries can be hired for bar mitzvahs, wedding receptions, luncheons, seminars, wedding parties and more. Check website for details on educational programs, events and exhibitions.
Located inside the Dartmouth College, the Hood Museum of Art is very interesting to check out for all the art lovers. Spread over several floors, the museum has some very shocking post modernist sculptures, murals and paintings.There is some sculpted work on display as well, done by the students and some famed artists. The museum often holds art workshops that give you a new insight into art. To know more about the place, check the website.
A Museum of material culture, Main Street Museum is known for its tribute to the Cabinet of Curiosities. (Rennaisance Europe Collection of objects which have undefined boundaries). The display at this museum is eclectic. The range of objects is wide and includes items from National History, plants, animals, postcards, anatomical specimens, electromagnetism devices, etc. It is also the only museum in the world that uses wiki-code for its catalog. Having a quirky display of an unusual mix of objects, this museum sees works of musicians, painters, historians as well as other artists.
Enfield Shaker Museum is a museum that caters to the Shakers community who were known to be early natives of Enfield. With its array of collection, it aims to preserve and disseminate the community and its culture and heritage. The museum is the site where the Shakers established their civilization and called it their 'Chosen Vale'. You can find here impressive buildings, artifacts, gardens, Shaker furniture, arts, crafts, tools, photographs and more. The museum store has many books, documents, local handicrafts and other souvenirs that you can shop for keepsakes. Events here include lectures, community programs, workshops and so on. Call ahead to know more.