The Shelburne Museum will reopen on June 2


Aerial view of the Shelburne Museum

Vermont Business Magazine The Shelburne Museum will reopen on June 2 with a full list of new exhibits and programs, director Thomas Denenberg announced. Closed since the fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum’s 45-acre grounds and certain exhibition buildings will be open five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday, until October 17.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors and members this summer and once again presenting the magical place that is the Shelburne Museum,” said Denenberg. “Not only do we have two wonderful special exhibits, the staff have organized new interpretive material throughout our campus and renowned gardens.”

The museum grounds and several buildings will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. Advance tickets will be required to visit, and occupancy limits will apply both indoors and on the grounds.

Buildings that will be open include: the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, the Pleissner Gallery, the Webb Gallery of American Art and the 220-foot steamboat Ticonderoga.

Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier and Ives exposure: Frances Palmer, published by Currier & Ives, American Express train, 1864. Lithograph, 17 ½ x 27 ¾ in. Joslyn Art Museum, gift of Conagra Brands, 2016.20.416. Photography © Joshua Ferdinand. Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier and Ives was organized by Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska.

This summer, the visitor will have a special opportunity to engage with the work of contemporary artists and designers, view loans from important collections in America and beyond, and experience selections among the vast and fascinating museum collections. Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier and Ives (June 2 to August 29) explore how America’s largest 19th century printmaker visualized the country’s social, political and industrial fabric.

New England now: People exposure: Cobi Mussels, Untitled (Rocky Coast of Maine I), 2019. Oil on canvas, 34 x 60 in. Courtesy of the artist and Kasper Contemporary.

New England Now: People (June 26-October 17) will feature regional contemporary artists and pay tribute to New England communities and people. This multimedia exhibit is designed to facilitate a rich conversation on a variety of socio-political issues and topics relevant to our region and beyond. The southern half of the museum’s campus will be filled this summer with 14 sculptures by artist Peter Kirkiles (June 2-October 11).

Peter Kirkiles: Exposure to scale: Peter Kirkiles (South Kent, Connecticut, born 1966), Folding rule star, 2012, Cypress, stainless steel and ink, 96 x 48 x 48 in., Courtesy of the artist.

Whether it is an exact replica of an antique tall weathering steel clock, a measuring ruler enlarged ten times its normal size, or a Studebaker truck reduced to the dimensions of a toy, the sculptures of Kirkiles invite viewers to contemplate the familiar in new and unexpected ways.

The museum’s calendar of events offers lectures, concerts, demonstrations, family days and programming in conjunction with special exhibitions.

For more details on the reopening and COVID-19 regulations, please visit

About the Shelburne Museum

Founded in 1947 by folk art collector Electra Havemeyer Webb (1888–1960), the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont, is the largest museum of art and history in northern New England and Vermont’s premier public resource for the visual arts and material culture. The museum’s 45-acre campus includes 39 buildings, including the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education and the Webb Gallery, showcasing important American paintings by Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Grandma Moses, John Singleton Copley, and many more. For more information, please visit

Steamboat Ticonderoga

Source: SHELBURNE, Vermont (April 1, 2021) —Shelburne Museum

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