Vermont Museums: Part of the New England region, it’s also known for being home to more than 100 19th-century covered wooden bridges, and a major producer of maple syrup. Thousands of acres are crossed by hiking trails and skiing slopes.
The Art of Humor Gallery: This is a collection of seriously funny fine art, features the work of artist/cartoonist Skip Morrow. On display are limited edition prints, watercolor originals, books and greeting cards. Skip’s internationally published illustrations include New York Times bestselling books, greeting cards, magazine articles and advertising for national and international corporations. The 3000-foot gallery is situated on 14 acres of a scenic mountainside in the Green Mountains of Vermont, just minutes from the village of Wilmington and Mount Snow Ski area. Admission: $5 (credited toward purchase) Hours: Weekends from 10 to 5 or by appointment. If you are in the neighborhood of Wilmington, then it is a must see.
Vermont Toy Museum: This museum is great for groups ranging from 2-75 and everyone will have a blast. Toys are separated by decade, with special displays for Star Wars, cap guns, trains, costumes, GI Joe, etc. Do not hesitate to make a visit as it will be a trip down memory lane in the town of Quechee.
Shelburne Museum: In 1947, Electra Havemeyer Webb created this museum with friends out of her love of handmade objects. There are more than 100,000 items exhibited in over 35 buildings, 25 of which are historic, and over 45 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens – 20 in all. The main attraction is the Memorial Building which displayed works of art (Monet, Manet, Degas, Wyeth, Cassatt) in a setting with furniture from her home in New York City. There is an extensive collection of horse pulled wagons, sleighs, etc. You will even see a police ‘paddy wagon’ sleigh! There are decorative arts, furniture, glassware, quilts, and toys. The buildings range from a circus building, an apothecary shop, a blacksmith, jail, general store, and print shop, a sawmill, a settlers’ house, and a smokehouse. On property is a railroad station complete with a locomotive, a lighthouse, a carousel, and a one-of-a-kind 220-foot sidewheel steamboat. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. Relax at the food court and there’s a shuttle to help move you around the area. The $2 admission fee is good for 2 consecutive days. This museum of early America is one of kind. Found in Shelburne.
Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home: Historic home of Robert Lincoln, only child of President and Mary Todd Lincoln to survive to adulthood. The estate has beautiful gardens, restored 1903 wooden Pullman palace car, goat farm and cheesemaking facility, 12+ miles of walking trails, teaching greenhouse and cross-country skiing in winter. Touring the home stead sheds a much interesting historical light on the times. The tour of the Pullman Car exhibit gives insight and information on the racial and social dimensions. Visit in Manchester.
Montshire Museum of Science: This museum is an award-winning hands-on science museum where you will experience over 140 exciting exhibits relating to the natural and physical sciences, ecology, and technology. As it is a 110-acre museum on the Connecticut River, there’s always plenty to explore, both indoors and out! Open daily 10-5. Two day passes are available. The water exhibits in the Outdoor Science Park are on from mid-May through early October. There is lots of fun for kids starting at toddler age. The kids go from one activity to another. They even have huge building blocks that the kids can pile up, climb on, and fall onto the padded floor, so no worries about them getting hurt. They have presentations throughout the day. You can watch an ant colony as they devour leaves and take the small pieces back to their nests. Found in Norwich.
The von Trapp Family Estate – In the early 1940s, thee family toured the United States before eventually settling in Stowe on an enchanted farm with sweeping mountain vistas reminiscent of their beloved Austria. In 1950, they began welcoming guests to their rustic, family home. After a fire in 1980, the original structure was replaced, situated on 2,500 acres. The entire property is owned and operated by the von Trapp family. You can learn all about the von Trapp family history by taking a tour. Visit the estate in Stowe.
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