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Central VT has museums that celebrate Lake Champlain to maple

New England Maple Museum

Route 7 Rutland, VT, 05763 Phone: 802-483-9414

Visitors to this museum will learn all about the manufacture of Vermont maple syrup. Exhibits include demonstrations of sap collecting, candy-making, and syrup making. A slide show and tastings are included, and a gift shop is open on the premises. Hours: May 23-October 31, daily, 9-5 p.m.; November 1-December 23, daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; January & February, closed; mid-March-May 22, daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: www.maplemuseum.com
Vermont Folklife Center

88 Main Street Middlebury, VT, 05753 Phone: 802-388-4964

The Vermont Folklife Center preserves and presents the folk arts and cultural traditions of Vermont through exhibits, media, publication and educational projects. The center has made preservation of the spoken word the core of its endeavors, and its archive now comprises more than 3,800 taped interviews, which have been transcribed and electronically indexed. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Information; http://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

4472 Basin Harbor Road Vergennes, VT, 05491 Phone: 802-475-2022

Four acres of exhibits, shipwrecks nautical archaology, antique boats and more. Explore the vibrant history of the Champlain Valley through its military, commercial and regional periods. Climb aboard the 54' replica gunboat Philadelphia II. Twelve exhibit buildings, collections, working forge, boat building courses and workshops, replica gunboat, shipwrecks, nautical archaeology center, antique boats, boat livery, visitor center and museum store, field study, outreach, summer programs. Hours: Late May to mid-October, daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: Adults, $10; seniors, $9; students age 5-17, $6. Information: www.lcmm.org.
Morse Farm Sugarhouse and Museum

Main Street East Montpelier, VT, 05651 Phone: 802-223-2740

Visitors are welcome to tours the sugar house and taste the maple, at no charge. Film and other displays in a theater in a real woodshed, nature trail, country store, and museum of Vermont farm life. Throughout the grounds are carved folklife characters created by Burr Morse. Hours: Year-round, daily, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: www.morsefarm.com
Black River Academy Museum

14 High Street Ludlow, VT, 05149 Phone: 802-228-5050

The three-story academy building, which once housed the Academy (Calvin Coolidge's alma mater), is now a historical museum for the town of Ludlow. There are academy memorabilia, 19th-century furnishings, costumes, tools, farm implements, a Finnish exhibit, Coolidge memorabilia, and a textile school offering courses in weaving, spinning and quilt making. Hours: June-Columbus Day, Tuesday–Saturday, 1–4 p.m.; winter hours by appointment. Information: www.bramvt.org/
Montshire Museum of Science

One Montshire Road Norwich, VT, 05055 Phone: 802-649-2200

This award-winning, hands-on museum offers more than 125 of exhibits indoors and out, relating to the natural and physical sciences, ecology, and technology. The building is located on 110-acres next to the Connecticut River, and the Museum’s outdoor environment is a large part of the visitor experience, including a network of walking trails and trailside exhibits. Two-acre Science Park features water exhibits from early May to mid-October. Food service is available in the Hughes Pavilion July and August. Hours: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, (closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day). Admission: One day pass is $14 for adults and $11 for children age 2–17. Free for members and children under the age of 2. Two-day passes are available. Information: www.montshire.org
Norman Rockwell Museum of Vermont

Route 4 East Rutland, VT, 05701 Phone: 802-773-6095

A comprehensive and chronological display covering the entire span and diversity of Rockwell's career. The collection shows the development of Rockwell as a commercial illustrator and reflecting the political, economic and cultural history of the united Sates in the first three quarters of this century. Collection dates from 1911 until his death in 1978. Gift shop and gallery, in-house matting and custom framing. Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: www.normanrockwellvt.com
TW Wood Gallery and Arts Center

46 Barre Street Montpelier, VT, 05602 Phone: 802-249-5352

The gallery maintains a continuous display of the paintings of Thomas Waterman Wood. The gallery shares a building with the Monteverdi Music School and the River Rock School. Exhibitions displaying the work of regional contemporary artists and craftsmen. Hurs: Tuesday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Information: www.twwoodgallery.org
Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History

1 Park Street Middlebury, VT, 05753 Phone: 802-388-2117

One of Vermont's premier collections of furniture, art, textiles, tools and other artifacts displayed in an 1829 brick Federal style marble merchant's home. Extensive archival collections in the Stewart-Swift Research Center. Changing art and history exhibits in the Cerf gallery. Museum Shop, gardens, public programs and special events year round. Hours are Spring, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Summer and Fall schedule also includes Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Admission fee is charged. Information: www.henrysheldonmuseum.org/
Chaffee Center for the Visual Arts

16 South Main Street (Route 7) Rutland, VT, 05701 Phone: 802-775-0356

The Chaffee Art Center represents more than 200 artists working in virtually every medium from painting, sculpture, and photography to ceramics, printmaking, and fine furniture. Housed in a Victorian mansion. A gift shop is open on the premises. Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, noon-5 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday Information: www.chaffeeartcenter.org
Vermont Ski Museum

One South Main Street at The Perkins Building Brandon, VT, 05672 Phone: 802-253-9911

This museum contains exhibits that focus on the history of skiing in Vermont. Hours: Daily except Tuesday, noon-5 p.m. Admission: Suggested donation is $3 per person or $5 per family. Information: www.vtssm.com
Vermont Marble Museum

62 Main Street Proctor, VT, 05765 Phone: 802-459-2300

One of the world's largest displays of marble features historic exhibits, sculpting demonstrations, carvings of U.S. presidents. A gift shop and movie theater are also on site. Hours: Summer season, daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: Adults, $7; seniors, $5; teens, $4. Information: www.vermont-marble.com.
Vermont Historical Society Museum

109 State Street Montpelier, VT, 05602 Phone: 802-828-2291

Headquarters of the state historical society, the museum offers exhibits and programs revolving around Vermont's history and historical figures.
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $5; seniors, students, children, $3; families, $12.
Information: www.vermonthistory.org