Physical Accessibility Guide

Shelburne Museum exhibits over 150,000 works in a remarkable setting of 37 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the museum grounds.

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Exhibit Accessibility

Exhibits Accessibility – Large Type

General Accessibility Information

Terrain Details for Paths, Walkways, and Road Surfaces:

  • Packed and loose gravel, slate, stone and brick
  • Grade varies from easy to steep

Travel on the Grounds:

  • Wheelchairs are available at the Museum store
  • Children’s strollers and wagons are available at the Museum store
  • Accessible shuttle completes a circuit around the grounds approximately every 15 minutes
  • Distance from Admissions to the Meeting House is approximately ¼ mile. Seating is located throughout the grounds.

Service Accessibility:

  • All services at the Museum Store and Café are fully accessible.
  • Additional accessible restrooms are located at Railroad Station and Stagecoach Inn.
  • The Ticonderoga reading room includes an Access and Explore notebook containing images and descriptions of areas of the boat that are not accessible.
  • Audio and/or video interpretive installations are located in exhibitions in Beach Gallery, the Ticonderoga, the Meeting House, and Variety Unit.
  • Handheld “i-loview” video magnifiers may be checked out at the Museum Store. The devices magnify up to 32x while also adjusting for brightness and contrast, and are best for reading label text and signage. Generously donated by Ai Squared, a Vermont-based accessible technology company.

Exhibition Accessibility

Each exhibit building is listed below, including detailed information on accessibility. Unless otherwise noted, all steps are 8” high or less, and all doorways are at least 32” wide.

Building

Entrance

Interior Notes Exit
Apothecary Shop Ramp on south side None Same as entrance
Beach Gallery Level entrance Some doorways are 30” wide Level exit
Beach Lodge Ramp on north side 2 interior steps to lower exhibit area 2 steps
Blacksmith Shop Level entrance Rough wood floor; 2 steps down into Wheelwright Shop Same as entrance
Circus Building Bermed entrance Exhibit area slopes up to middle and then slopes back down Bermed exit
Covered Bridge Level entrance Wood surface is rough and irregular Same as entrance
Dorset House (closed for 2015) Ramp, south side Some doorways are 28” wide; 13 steps to second floor Same as entrance
Dutton House Ramp, west porch Some doorways are 28” wide; 12 steps to second floor Same as entrance
Electra Havemeyer Webb Memorial Building Ramps, east and west sides Some constricted viewing areas; 18 spiral steps to second floor; 15 spiral steps to bottom floor Same as entrance
General Store Ramp, south side Some doorways are 25” wide; 14 steps to second floor Same as entrance
Hat & Fragrance Textile Gallery Ramp, south side center None Same as entrance
Horseshoe Barn West entrance level 14 steps to second floor; 15 steps back to first floor Same as entrance
Horseshoe Barn Annex Ramp/berm on south side None Same as entrance
Jail Ramp Level slate/concrete floor Same as entrance
Lighthouse Ramp/bridge, south side 16 steps to second floor Same as entrance
Meeting House 4 steps, with handrail 6 steps to main level Same as entrance
Owl Cottage Ramp, south side None Same as entrance
Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education Level entrance Elevator to lower level; wheelchair accessible bathroom Same as entrance; elevator to lower level exit
Pleissner Gallery Level entrance None Same as entrance
Prentis House (open for tours only) Three 9” steps 12 steep steps to second floor Same as entrance
Printing Shop Ramp None Same as entrance
Rail Car Grand Isle 8 steps, 25” entrance door Portions of corridor are 17” 8 steps, 25” exit
Railroad Freight Building Ramp on south side Narrow corridor near lantern collection Same as entrance
Railroad Station Ramp on east side None Same as entrance
Round Barn Bermed entrances; 3 levels None Same as entrance
Sawmill Ramp Irregular floor Same as entrance
Schoolhouse 4 steps, with handrail None Same as entrance
Settlers’ House Bermed ramp, south side Constricted viewing area Same as entrance
Settlers’ Barn Bermed entrance, south side None Same as entrance
Shaker Shed (closed for 2015) 12 steps, stair lift to 2nd floor (please ask for assistance) 5 interior steps to next level Same as entrance
Stagecoach Inn Bermed ramp on west side 15 steps to second floor Same as entrance
Stencil House (open for tours only) 2 steps; 31” entrance door Some doorways are 30” wide;12 steep steps to second floor Same as entrance
Stone Cottage 3 steps Constricted viewing area Same as entrance

Ticonderoga

Ramps, east and west entrances 14 steps to second deck; 10 steps from second to top deck; four steps from top deck to pilot house; ten 10” steps down to engine room; narrow passages Same as entrance
Toy Shop Three 9” steps; 29” entrance door Doorway is 23” wide, two interior steps Three 9” steps
Variety Building Three 9” steps; 29” entrance door Some doorways are 25” wide; one step between some rooms; 15 steps to second floor Four 9” steps
Vermont House Gallery Stone berm Some doorways are 27” wide Same as entrance
Weaving Shop Level entrance Brick floor Same as entrance
Webb Gallery Bermed ramp, front (west) entrance 13 steps to lower level; some doorways are 25” wide Same as entrance

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