History Museums

History is for all ages at the Vermont Historical Society

When Vermont was founded in 1791, Native Americans had already made their homes in the region for 12,000 years. Vermont's is a long history, and there are many museums that tell the stories.

To get a bird's eye view, you may want to begin with Freedom and Unity: One Ideal, Many Stories at the Vermont History Museum. You'll take a walk through Vermont history in re-created rooms ranging from a full-sized Abenaki wigwam to a WWII living room.

But don’t stop there! Vermont offers museums ranging from historic homes spanning two centuries, to museums of industry, recreation, and military history.

18th & 19th Century Vermont and Historic House Museums

Ethan Allen Homestead
DAR John Strong Mansion Museum
Henry Sheldon Museum (open year-round)
Old Stone House Museum
Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial and Visitor Center
Hildene The Lincoln Family Home (open year-round)
Rokeby Museum
Park-McCullough House
Billings Farm & Museum (open year-round)
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Vermont Historical Societies
Vermont State Historic Sites (open year-round)
Shelburne Museum (open year-round)
Bennington Museum (open year-round)
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park
Vermont History Museum (open year-round)
Vermont History Galleries at the Vermont History Center (open year-round)

Vermont Historic Sites

President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site
Justin Morrill Homestead
Old Constitution House
Chimney Point State Historic Site
President Chester A. Arthur State Historic Site
Underwater Historic Preserves

Vermont Agriculture and Industry
Billings Farm & Museum (open year-round)
American Precision Museum
Vermont Granite Museum
Vermont Marble Museum
Maple Grove Museum
New England Maple Museum


American Museum of Flyfishing (open year-round)
Vermont Ski Museum (open year-round)
National Museum of the Morgan Horse (open year-round)


Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Vermont Archaeology Center (open year-round)

Sullivan History Center at Norwich Museum (open year-round)
Vermont Veterans Military Museum (open year-round)
Hubbardton Battlefield
Bennington Battle Monumement
Mount Independence State Historic Site

Recent History

Shelburne Museum, selected exhibits (open year-round)
Vermont Folklife Center, selected resources (open year-round)
Vermont History Museum, selected exhibits (open year-round)
Vermont History Galleries at the Vermont History Center (open year-round)
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, selected exhibits

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