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Northern VT has museums that celebrate Lake Champlain to maple

Birds of Vermont Museum

900 Sherman Hollow Road Huntington, VT Phone: 802-434-2167

Exhibits feature carvings of over 450 species of birds, including an archaeopteryx and other extinct and endangered species. There is a wild bird observation area, as well as nature trails, carving demonstrations and a gift shop. Cost: Adults, $6; seniors, $5; children age 3-17, $3; family, $15. Hours: May 1-October 31, daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; in winter by appointment Information: www.birdsofvermont.org

Old Stone House Museum

109 Old Stone House Road Brownington, VT, 05860 Phone: 802-754-2022

The Old Stone House, built as a school dormitory in 1834-36, now houses 25 rooms of exhibits focusing on 19th century life in northern Vermont. The collection includes furniture, textiles, photographs, pottery, folk and fine art, and many of the tools and utensils of daily life.
Season: May 15-October 15, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Hours: Call for hours of operation. Admission is by guided tour only. There is no tour schedule; when a visitor arrives, a tour guide will begin.
Admission: Adults, $8; students, $5.
Information: oldstonehousemuseum.org.

Shelburne Museum

U.S. Route 7 - P.O. Box 10 Shelburne, VT, 05482 Phone: 802-985-3346

This super-cool museum on the edge of Lake Champlain is filled with unusual attractions that are sure to entertain every person in the family. Kids and parents will love the authentic paddlewheel steamboat Ticonderoga, which was a workhourse of passenger and cargo transportation on the lake for decades in the 19th century. Shelburne Museum is one of the nation’s most eclectic museums of art, Americana, and design, displaying 150,000 objects on 45 acres in 25 historic New England buildings. There's even a lighthouse. A full day of family fun waits here, May through October. Information: http://shelburnemuseum.org/

Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium

1302 Main Street St. Johnsbury, VT, 05819 Phone: 802-748-2372

Natural science collection of 160,000 objects housed in a landmark Victorian building. The historical collections contain examples of 19th-century agricultural, industrial, and household life. The natural history collection houses New England mammals and birds, rocks and minerals, shells, butterflies, insects, bird nests and egg sets, and hummingbirds. Exhibits on astronomy and rural history. Admission: Adults, $6; seniors and children age 5-17, $5; family, $18; planetarium show, $5. Hours: Year-round, Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. Call for planetarium show times. Information: www.fairbanksmuseum.org

Saint Albans Historical Museum

Church and Bishop Streets St. Albans, VT, 05478 Phone: 802-527-7933

The museum building is the former Franklin County Grammar School. The three-story Renaissance revival style structure was completed in 1861 and was used for public education until 1969. Museum features a military room, railroad room, civil war exhibit, and local exhibits. Hours: May 18-October 16, Tuesday through Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: Adults,$5; children age 6 to 14, $2. Information: www.stamuseum.com/

Echo at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

1 College Street Burlington, VT, 05401 Phone: 802-864-1848

Discover 60 species of fish, amphibians, invertebrates, and reptiles, over 100 hands-on experiences, traveling exhibits, and the Awesome Forces Theater. Live animal feedings. The 2.2-acre site also includes the Lake Champlain Navy Memorial, Eclectic Gift Shop, and seasonal café. Cost: Adults over age 18, $12.50; seniors over age 60 and students, $10.50; children age 3-17, $9.50. Hours: Year- round, daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: www.echovermont.org