Northern VT has museums that celebrate Lake Champlain to maple
Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium
1302 Main Street
St. Johnsbury, VT, 05819
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.
Saint Albans Historical Museum
Church and Bishop Streets
St. Albans, VT, 05478
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.
Echo at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
1 College Street
Burlington, VT, 05401
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.
U.S. Route 7 - P.O. Box 10
Shelburne, VT, 05482
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.
Old Stone House Museum
109 Old Stone House Road
Brownington, VT, 05860
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.
Birds of Vermont Museum
900 Sherman Hollow Road
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