Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVa Shelburne Museum
Shelburne, VT
Exhibition: New England Now: People
Exhibition: New England Now: People
06/26/2021 - 10/17/2021 (more information)
Cobi Moules
(Rocky Coast of Maine I), 2019
Oil on canvas, 34 x 60 in.
Courtesy of the artist and Kasper Contemporary

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Exhibition: Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives
01/02/21 - 08/29/21 (more information)
Frances Palmer, published by Currier & Ives
American Express Train (detail), 1864
Lithograph, 17 ½ x 27 ¾ in.
Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives has been organized by Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska.
American Express Train (detail), 1864
Exhibition: Peter Kirkiles: At Scale
07/30/2021 - 10/17/2020 (more information)
Peter Kiikiles
Beading Plane, 2016
Weathering steel, stainless steel, and bronze on tinted lacquer hot dipped galvanized base, 72 x 48 x 24 in.
Courtesy of the artist
Exhibition: Painting a Nation: American Art at Shelburne Museum
06/02/2021 - 10/17/2021 (more information)

6000 Shelburne Road
PO Box 10
Shelburne, VT 05482
(802) 985-3346

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Museum Store
Begin and end your Shelburne Museum visit with a stop in our store, featuring unique and gifts for all ages and every budget. Toys and circus-themed novelties will delight young visitors, and souvenirs inspired by the Museum’s collections will provide a lasting memory of your visit. The store also offers a wide selection of books on American arts, crafts, and material culture. Selected Shelburne Museum titles are available for order online.

May 1 – October 31
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

November 1 – April 30
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Museum Story
Shelburne Museum is an unparalleled and unique experience of American history, art, and design. Designed to allow visitors the pleasure of discovery and exploration, the Museum includes thirty-nine distinct structures on forty-five acres, each filled with beautiful, fascinating, and whimsical objects. Come play in our gardens and open our many doors. You are welcome here.

American folk art. French Impressionist paintings. Historic New England architecture. Duck decoys, circus animals, and dolls. These were just some of the some of the interests of Shelburne Museum founder Electra Havemeyer Webb.

She grew up in New York, where her parents, Henry and Louisine Havemeyer, were important collectors of European and Asian art. By the age of nineteen, she resolved to follow in their footsteps but instead envisioned a collection that would celebrate the arts of America. Mrs. Webb saw beauty in the everyday objects that had been part of American life for generations—furniture, pottery, quilts, weathervanes, and more—and filled her homes in New York and Shelburne, Vermont, with antiques.

When Mrs. Webb founded Shelburne Museum in 1947, it was at first a place to preserve her family’s collection of horse-drawn carriages. Before long, however, she realized that she had a rare opportunity to create what she described as a “collection of collections” and “an educational project, varied and alive.”

From the countryside throughout New England and New York, Mrs. Webb found historic buildings that would provide appropriate settings for her collections, and she relocated them to the Museum grounds: houses, barns, a meeting house, a one-room schoolhouse, a lighthouse, a jail, a general store, a covered bridge, and the 220-foot steamboat Ticonderoga. She worked with a landscape design team to situate them within a welcoming environment that today includes a lush gardens and enticing views.

Mrs. Webb created something completely unprecedented for her time: world-class collections in a village-like setting of historic New England buildings and landscapes; a welcoming and informal place for visitors to engage with history through objects that tell stories. Shelburne Museum has never been just about the past, however—not in Mrs. Webb’s time and not now. Just as she connected with the creative people of her day who were interested in linking the arts of America’s past to the practices of modern life, Shelburne Museum today offers new perspectives through its special exhibitions, events, and educational programs.

At the heart of all Shelburne Museum’s offerings are its endlessly compelling and extensive collections, which have continued to grow thanks to the combined efforts of dedicated curators, donors, artists, and artisans. Shelburne Museum is a place to envision the past and understand the present while looking to the future. Come experience it for yourself.

Mission Statement
To broaden our audience, engage their curiosity, animate their creativity, and give them an extraordinary, educational museum experience.

We envision Shelburne Museum as a nationally significant institution that is intellectually vibrant, financially sustainable, and that maintains a special commitment to its Vermont community. It seeks to provide visitors with stimulating experiences reflecting the highest standards of scholarship and the intelligence, whimsy, and courage of Electra Havemeyer Webb.



New England Now: People
June 26 - Oct 17, 2021
(more information)

Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives
Jun 2 - Aug 29, 2021
(more information)

Peter Kirkiles: At Scale
July 30 - Oct 17, 2020
(more information)

Painting a Nation: American Art at Shelburne Museum
Jun 2 - Oct 17, 2021
(more information)


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