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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General Accessibility Information

Terrain Details for Paths, Walkways, and Road Surfaces:

  • Packed and loose gravel
  • Slate
  • Stone
  • Brick
  • Grade varies from easy to steep

Travel on the Grounds:

  • Wheelchairs are available at the admission gate.
  • Children’s strollers and wagons are available at the admission gate.
  • An accessible shuttle completes a circuit around the grounds approximately every 15 minutes.
  • The distance from the Museum entrance to the Meeting House is approximately 1/4 mile. Seating is located throughout the grounds.

Service Accessibility:

  • All services at the Museum Store and Cafe are fully accessible.
  • Additional accessible restrooms are located at the 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 physically accessible.
  • Audio and/or video interpretive installations are located in exhibitions in Beach Gallery, the Ticonderoga, Webb Gallery, the Meeting House, and Variety Unit.

Service animals are always welcome at Shelburne Museum.

Exhibition Accessibility Information

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

Apothecary Shop

  • Entrance: Ramp on the south side of the building
  • Interior notes: None
  • Exit: Same as entrance

Beach Gallery

  • Entrance: Level entrance
  • Interior notes: Some doorways are 30 inches wide
  • Exit: Level exit

Beach Lodge

  • Entrance: Ramp on north side of building
  • Interior notes: 2 interior steps to lower exhibit area
  • Exit: 2 steps

Blacksmith Shop

  • Entrance: Level entrance
  • Interior notes: Rough wood floor; 2 steps down into Wheelwright shop
  • Exit: Same as entrance

Circus Building

  • Entrance: Bermed entrance
  • Interior notes: Exhibit area slopes up to middle and then slopes back down
  • Exit: Bermed exit

Covered Bridge

  • Entrance: Level entrance
  • Interior notes: Wood surface is rough and irregular
  • Exit: Same as entrance

Dorset House

  • Entrance: Ramp on the south side of the building
  • Interior notes: Some doorways are 28 inches wide; 13 steps to the second floor
  • Exit: Same as entrance

Dutton House

  • Entrance: Ramp, west porch
  • Interior notes: Some doorways are 28 inches wide; 12 steps to the second floor
  • Exit: Same as entrance

Electra Havemeyer Webb Memorial Building

  • Entrance: Ramps on the east and west sides of the building
  • Interior notes: Some constricted viewing areas; 18 spiral steps to second floor; 15 spiral steps to bottom floor
  • Exit: Same as entrance

General Store

  • Entrance: Ramp on south side of the building
  • Interior notes: Some doorways are 25 inches wide; 14 steps to second floor
  • Exit: Same as entrance

Hat and Fragrance Textile Gallery

  • Ramp on south side of building in the center
  • Interior notes: None
  • Exit: Same as entrance

Horseshoe Barn

  • Entrance: West entrance is level
  • Interior notes: 14 steps to second floor; 15 steps back to first floor
  • Exit: Same as entrance

Horseshoe Barn Annex

  • Entrance: Ramp/berm on south side of the building
  • Interior notes: None
  • Exit: Same as entrance

Jail

  • Entrance: Ramp/berm
  • Interior notes: None
  • Exit: Same as entrance

Lighthouse

  • Entrance: Ramp/bridge on south side of the building
  • Interior notes: 16 steps to second floor
  • Exit: Same as entrance

Meeting House

  • Entrance: 4 steps with handrail
  • Interior notes: 6 steps to main level
  • Exit: Same as entrance

Owl Cottage Activity Center

  • Entrance: Ramp on south side of building
  • Interior notes: None
  • Exit: Same as entrance

Pleissner Gallery

  • Entrance: Level entrance
  • Interior notes: None
  • Exit: Same as entrance

Prentis House

  • Entrance: Three 9-inch steps
  • Interior notes: 12 steep steps to second floor
  • Exit: Same as entrance

Printing Shop

  • Entrance: Ramp
  • Interior notes: None
  • Exit: Same as entrance

Rail Car Grand Isle

  • Entrance: 8 steps, 25-inch entrance door
  • Interior notes: Portions of corridor are 17 inches wide
  • Exit: 8 steps, 25-inch exit door

Railroad Freight Building

  • Entrance: Ramp on south side of the building
  • Interior notes: Narrow corridor near lantern collection
  • Exit: Same as entrance

Railroad Station

  • Entrance: Ramp on east side of the building
  • Interior notes: None
  • Exit: Same as entrance

Round Barn

  • Entrance: Bermed entrances on all 3 levels
  • Interior notes: None
  • Exit: Same as entrance

Sawmill

  • Entrance: Ramp at the main entrance on the west side of the building
  • Interior notes: Irregular floor
  • Exit: Same as entrance

Schoolhouse

  • Entrance: 4 steps with a handrail
  • Interior notes: None
  • Exit: Same as entrance

Settlers’ House

  • Entrance: Bermed ramp on the south side of the building
  • Interior notes: Constricted viewing area
  • Exit: Same as entrance

Settlers’ Barn

  • Entrance: Bermed ramp on the south side of the building
  • Interior notes: None
  • Exit: Same as entrance

Shaker Shed

  • Entrance: Small bump onto concrete floor on first level; 12 steps, stair lift to second floor; assistance is required to use the lift
  • Interior notes: 5 interior steps between upper levels
  • Exit: Same as entrance

Stagecoach Inn

  • Entrance: Bermed ramp on west side of the building
  • Interior notes: 15 steps to the second floor
  • Exit: Same as entrance

Stencil House

  • Entrance: 2 steps; 31-inch entrance door
  • Interior notes: Some doorways are 30 inches wide; 12 steep steps to second floor
  • Exit: Same as entrance

Stone Cottage

  • Entrance: 3 steps
  • Interior notes: Constricted viewing area
  • Exit: Same as entrance

Ticonderoga

  • Entrance: Ramps on east and west sides of the boat
  • Interior notes: 14 steps to second deck; 10 steps from second deck to top deck; four steps from top deck to pilot house; 10 10-inch steps down to engine deck; very narrow passages
  • Exit: Same as entrance

Toy Shop

  • Entrance: Three 9-inch steps; 29-inch entrance door
  • Interior notes: Doorway is 23 inches wide; 2 interior steps between rooms
  • Exit: Same as entrance

Variety Unit

  • Entrance: Three 9-inch steps; 29-inch entrance door
  • Interior notes: Some doorways are 25 inches wide; 1 step between some rooms; 15 steps to second floor
  • Exit: Four 9-inch steps

Vermont House Gallery

  • Entrance: Stone berm on south side of building
  • Interior notes: Some doorways are 27 inches wide
  • Exit: Same as entrance

Weaving Shop

  • Entrance: Level entrance
  • Interior notes: Brick floor
  • Exit: Same as entrance

Webb Gallery

  • Entrance: Bermed ramp at main entrance on west side of the building
  • Interior notes: 13 steps to lower level; some doorways are 25 inches wide
  • Exit: Same as entrance

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