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Saturday, May 11
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Museum Grounds

NEW! Community Day Celebrates Season Opening  

Community Day kicks off an exciting new season at the Museum. On opening day, Saturday, May 11, admission will be free for all. Come experience inspiring new exhibitions and visit the beloved galleries, buildings, and gardens that make Shelburne Museum a place like no other.   

Highlights include:  

Seed Swap with Artist Lorna McMaster: Bring your own seeds to swap or gather some seeds for your garden thanks to a generous donation from High Mowing Seeds. Textile artist Lorna McMaster and Katie Wood Kirchhoff, Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen Curator of American Decorative Arts, will lead tours of special exhibition Lorna McMaster: Stewarding a Seed Collection.  

Gallery Tours of New England Now: Strange States: Curator Carolyn Bauer will share insights and reflections on the special exhibition, which features thirteen multidisciplinary artists from the region whose work explores perceptions of the ethereal through the lenses of mythology, environmentalism, ideals of beauty, transformation, gender, and cultural identity.   

Tree and Garden Tours: Join staff from our Preservation and Landscape Department for a tour of the Museum’s natural landscape. Learn about what plants populate the grounds and how they are an extension of Museum founder Electra Havemeyer Webb’s vision for the Museum.  

Live Music: Throughout the day, musicians will perform in a variety of genres. Take in an entire set or let this joyous soundtrack harmonize with the sounds of spring as you cross the campus.   

Drop-In Art Making: Exploring Nature Through Creative Expression. All ages and abilities are invited to make art inspired by the beautiful plants on the Museum grounds. We’ll bring the supplies; you bring the creativity and curiosity!