on December 21, 2000
The Shelburne is a museum dedicated to the preservation of traditional Vermont life. Its large and beautifully landscaped grounds contain preserved (or reconstructed) buildings typical of the region, including a round barn, a Lake Champlain lighthouse, a traditional stone cottage, a jail, and even a Champlain steamboat, the Ticonderoga.
The buildings house a variety of collections--antique toys, folk art and artifacts, and reconstructed rooms with typical furnishings. The Havemeyer art collection (most of which is part of the permanent collection in the MOMA in New York) is nicely displayed in a unique setting. The interior of the Havemeyer's New York apartment were dismantled and reinstalled in a traditional Vermont house and the Monets, Manets, Degas, and Cassatts are mounted as they were in the original apartment.
In winter, the Shelburne is open only from 1 to 4 in the afternoon, and only a limited number of exhibits are open. Besides the Havemeyer Impressionist collection, my favorite was the Ticonderoga, which carried passengers up and down Lake Champlain in the early 20th century. The boat is beautifully finished with elegant carved wood paneling and compact but inspiring spaces.
Adult admission was $8.00. The gift shop is open until 5, and has a good selection of Vermont-oriented gifts and books.
You wouldn't want to visit the Shelburne on a really cold day. The grounds are large, and to visit the limited number of exhbitions that are open means a lot of walking between them. On the sunny winter afternoon we visited, the weather and the walking were not a problem.
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