Bring your curiosity about Vermont's native wildlife to this museum on Hogback Mountain. Six hundred specimens of hundreds of New England bird and mammal species are here for your perusal, along with minerals, wildflowers, live birds of prey. fish, and reptiles. You can do hiking and mountain biking next to the museum; access to state and national forests is nearby.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; weekends 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Open daily, year-round.
Admission: Adults, $5; children, $2; seniors, $3
Southern Vermont Arts Center
West RoadManchester, VT, 05254Phone: 802-362-1405
The Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum, is a secure repository and display space for the Arts Center’s permanent collection, now approaching 800 pieces, of 19th and 20th century works, including the world’s largest collection of works by Luigi Lucioni, and a venue in which to host major national and international traveling exhibitions.
Admission: Adults, $8; students, $3.
Hours: Year-round, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
Brattleboro Museum and Art Center
10 Vernon StreetBrattleboro, VT, 05301Phone: 802-257-0124
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center is a small, on-collecting museum housed in a historic train station. Compelling new exhibits by regional and internationally acclaimed artists are shown each season.
Hours: Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adult, $8; seniors, $6; student, $4.
The American Museum of Fly Fishing, home to the world’s largest collection of angling art and angling-related items, brings the history of fly fishing alive for anglers and others. The museum contains an impressive exhibit gallery space, a library and reading room, a museum store, and other resources. The exhibit’s opening section contains an illustrated timeline, which takes the visitor from Aelian’s comments on fly fishing in 200 A.D. to the sport today.
Hours: Year-round, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $5; children over age 10, $3.
Norman Rockwell Exhibition
Route 7A and Sugar Shack LaneArlington, VT, 05250Phone: 802-375-6747
Display of Norman Rockwell’s artistry, featuring work he did while living in Arlington from 1939 to 1953. There are Saturday Evening Post covers, illustrations, prints, and gift shop in the former 19th-century church. In mid-May there is an annual reunion of the townspeople who posed as Rockwell’s models.
Hours: Call for hours of operation
Adams Old Stone Grist Mill Museum
Mill Street Under-the-HillBellows Falls, VT, 05101Phone: 802-376-6789
This historic museum features 19th century milling equipment, farm tools and machinery. The structure houses much of its original equipment, including all the grain elevators and storage bins. Implements from the Vermont Farm Machinery Company are also stored in the building, as well as household articles, antique signs, and hand tools used by various craftsmen that were there when the business closed in the early 1960s, and the original sleigh for the Mill, as well as the family sleigh, all belonging to the Adams Family.
Hours: Memorial Day to Columbus Day, Saturday and Sunday and by appointment.