Unidentified maker (Ohio), “Appliqué and Pieced Four Little Birds Quilt” (detail), 1860-80. Cotton, 85 3/4 x 82 1/8 in. Museum purchase, acquired from Florence Peto. 1955-644.


To enrich people’s lives through art, history, and culture.

Mission Statement

To broaden our audience, engage their curiosity, animate their creativity, and give them an extraordinary, educational museum experience.


We envision Shelburne Museum as a nationally significant institution that is intellectually vibrant, financially sustainable, and that maintains a special commitment to its Vermont community. It seeks to provide visitors with stimulating experiences reflecting the highest standards of scholarship and the intelligence, whimsy, and courage of Electra Havemeyer Webb.

We Believe In

  • Preserving, interpreting, and making broadly accessible the Museum’s collections.
  • Celebrating American ingenuity, creativity, and craftsmanship.
  • Imparting a deeper understanding of New England’s heritage.
  • Fulfilling the legacy of Electra Havemeyer Webb.
  • Collecting art and artifacts of the highest artistic and historical merit.
  • Assuming a special responsibility for serving our Vermont community.
  • Valuing the contributions of the Museum’s staff and volunteers.
  • Achieving and maintaining the highest standards of professionalism.

A deeper look at our ongoing commitment to the care of our collections can be found in Shelburne Museum’s Collections Management Policy.