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Shelburne Museum – Shelburne, Vermont

The Shelburne Museum preserves American history, art, and design, including objects of play.

Situated on forty-five acres within the city of Burlington, the Shelburne Museum was founded in 1947 by antiques and art collector, Electra Havemeyer Webb. Thirty-nine buildings housing American folk art, illustrations, paintings, metalwork, textiles, furniture, housewares, vehicles, and other objects comprise the renowned collection. Also represented are 19th-century American- and European-made toys, dolls, and automata.

The Museum has adjusted to the unpredictable shutdowns of pandemic life. Online exhibitions, webinars, colouring pages, and even Spotify playlists are available to educate and entertain virtual Museum visitors.

Plan your next vacation to include a visit to a play-related store, museum, or private collection.