You’ve found it: the perfect place to host your event. We can say so confidently because Shelburne Museum isn’t just one place, it’s many places—and one of them will be just right for you. From the state-of-the-art Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education to the elegant Brick House, rustic Round Barn, steamboat Ticonderoga, and beautiful grounds and gardens, we offer unique settings for your corporate retreat, wedding, holiday party, or meeting. Shelburne Museum has everything an event planner is looking for: a wide range of Vermont-themed venues, dedicated and professional staff, free and ample parking, and proximity to the city of Burlington, with its airport and lodging.

Please click on each event location to find out more. In addition, we have multiple tent sites throughout the Museum campus. We will be glad to work with you to find just the right place for your special event.

Louis Godin
Special Events and Meetings Coordinator
lgodin@shelburnemuseum.org
802-985-0919

Perfect for holiday parties, performances, or corporate retreats! Modern and welcoming with a warm, natural design and breathtaking views onto the Museum campus.

Capacity

  • Full Building: Standing 350; seated dinner 120
  • Auditorium: 130
  • Classroom: 35
  • Patio: Standing 140
  • Lawn: Seated ceremony 200

Features

  • Multipurpose auditorium and event space with state-of-the-art A/V system, including free wired and wireless internet, screen projector, DVD and Blu-ray player, iPod/iPad dock, and multi-room sound system
  • Classroom meeting space with Smart Board and outdoor patio
  • Expansive veranda with sweeping views of the Museum grounds and gardens
  • Full Museum admission included in rental fee during regular Museum hours
  • Fully barrier-free with wheelchair-accessible elevator and multi-stall, handicapped accessible restrooms on upper and lower levels

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  • Available for rental year-round.
  • PCAE lobbies are open to the public during regular Museum hours. The lobbies are available for private rentals after closing.
  • Rental fee does not include food and beverage services. Weddings may choose from a list of preferred caterers. For all other events, catering and bar service are available from Waterfront Catering.
  • Rental includes chairs, podium, ten banquet tables, and twelve round tables. Additional items may be rented through Vermont Tent Company exclusively.

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Your destination for a dream wedding! This grand historic home provides a beautiful backdrop, with expansive views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks beyond.

Capacity

  • Garden Patio: Up to 160
  • Lakeview Lawn: Up to 250 (ceremonies only)
  • West Lawn: Up to 250

Features

  • A picture-perfect setting filled with history and natural beauty
  • Multiple choices for ceremony sites to suit your needs
  • Access for rehearsal and wedding photography included
  • Private bridal room available the day of the event exclusively for the bride and limited guests
  • Private tours of house available for an additional charge

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  • Available for rental May through October from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Music and bar service must end by 10 p.m.
  • Rental fee includes outdoor access with limited use of the house. Food and drinks are not allowed indoors for wedding and reception rentals.
  • Rental fee does not include food and beverage services. Weddings may choose from a list of preferred caterers. For all other events, catering and bar service are available from Waterfront Catering.Restroom trailer rental required. A handicapped-accessible restroom is available inside the house.
  • All tables, chairs, linens, dinnerware, and tents must be rented from Vermont Tent Company exclusively.

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All aboard for a day you won’t forget! The only passenger steamboat of its kind in existence! Dine and celebrate in 1920s style aboard this National Historic Landmark.

Capacity

  • Standing: 200
  • Seated dinner: 80
  • Dining Room: 100
  • Ceremony: 150

Features

  • Ceremonies and receptions on board or outdoors to suit your needs
  • Use of original deck chairs included on a limited basis
  • Access for rehearsal and wedding photography included
  • Full Museum admission included in rental fee during regular Museum hours

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  • Available May through October from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Music and bar service must end by 10 p.m.
  • Dining level on the Ticonderoga is not wheelchair-accessible.
  • Rental fee does not include food and beverage services. Weddings may choose from a list of preferred caterers. For all other events, catering and bar service are available from Waterfront Catering.
  • Additional chairs and all tables, linens, dinnerware, and tents must be rented from Vermont Tent Company exclusively.

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Celebrate in rustic style! A turn-of-the-century historic barn with the elegance of Shaker design.

Capacity

  • Standing: Up to 220
  • Seated dinner: Up to 200

Features

  • Romantic interior perfect for dancing
  • Private access to Shelburne Museum’s popular carousel after 5 p.m.
  • Full Museum admission included in rental fee during regular Museum hours
  • Access for rehearsal and wedding photography included

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  • Available May through October from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Music and bar service must end by 10 p.m.
  • Rental fee does not include food and beverage services. Weddings may choose from a list of preferred caterers. For all other events, catering and bar service are available from Waterfront Catering.
  • All tables, chairs, linens, dinnerware, and tents must be rented from Vermont Tent Company exclusively.
  • Restrooms located close by at the Museum Store.

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Music and history for your ceremony! An original 1840 church building with trompe l’oeil wall paintings and an operating nineteenth-century organ.

Capacity

  • Seated at pews: Up to 100
  • Standing: Additional 50

Features

  • Trompe l’oeil wall panel detail
  • Operating historic organ
  • Formal flower-lined granite walkway
  • Full Museum admission included in rental fee during regular Museum open hours
  • Access for rehearsal and wedding photography included

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  • Site available for ceremonies only, May through October, during regular Museum hours. If you would like to host your reception at Shelburne Museum as well, please contact the Special Events and Meetings Coordinator to discuss an appropriate site.
  • Restrooms located close by at the Museum Café.

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Let nature surround you! Say “I do” in our gorgeous, formal Bostwick Garden or choose another from among our twenty gardens—all are perfect for an intimate event.

Capacity

  • Standing: Up to 120, depending on site
  • Standing room for up to 500 on Circus Lawn, adjacent to Circus Building Daylily Garden

Features

  • The formal Bostwick Garden offers outdoor seating for as many as eighty guests, or standing room for 120
  • Bostwick Garden is ideal for outdoor weddings as well as performances, talks, or other ceremonies
  • The Circus Lawn, with its exuberant Daylily Garden and nearby carousel, can accommodate up to 500
  • Additional gardens available for events under twenty-five guests
  • Full Museum admission included in rental fee during regular Museum hours
  • Access for rehearsal and wedding photography included

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  • Available May through October from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Music and bar service must end by 10 p.m.
  • Restrooms located close by at the Museum Store and Railroad Station.

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Go big! We’ve got room for you and 3,000 of your closest friends in this large-scale performance venue.

Capacity

  • Up to 3,000
  • Free, on-site parking—buses welcome!

Please contact the Special Events and Meetings Coordinator for more information on the Shelburne Museum Concert Grounds.

Testimonials

“Everyone had a fantastic time and we had numerous compliments on the event space and staff. Thanks again for making it all possible!”
—Dubois & King Inc.

“Thank you so much for an absolutely wonderful evening last night. We appreciated your attentiveness, the amazing setup, the opportunity to view an exhibition, delicious food, beverages, and a very kind staff. I cannot imagine how much goes into the planning on your end, so please know how well it was received!”
—Middlebury College

“A year ago, when we were choosing a venue for our reception dinner, it was with great joy that we realized Shelburne Museum was a possibility for us. During one of the many trips I took to the Museum as a child, I remember stumbling across a happy bride and groom taking pictures at the Ticonderoga. The Ti was the perfect place for our reception, in no small part due to the diligence and spirit of [Special Events and Meetings Coordinator] Louis Godin. What a rare gem Louis is to work with; he’s professional, kind, funny, and passionate about his work.”
—Kai Beverly-Whittemore and Rubidium Wu

“Thank you so much for adding a wonderful component to our orientation program. Can’t wait to do it again next year.”
—University of Vermont School of Business Administration

“You worked so hard, and I thank you so much for all that you did all day and night. We got nothing but wonderful feedback about the day, the property, and just everything. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!”
—Meg Lathrop

“We received so many compliments that day about the beauty of the venue and its setting. The room also had topnotch audio and visual equipment. Most of all, Louis, you were so helpful in making the arrangements for our event and helping us on that day. You always responded to our inquiries and requests promptly. Your responsiveness helped the day to go smoothly. Thank you. We hope to work with you in the future.”
—Vermont State Nurses Association

“Louis, thank you so much for making our big day so wonderful. The Brick House setting and weather were absolutely amazing—people couldn’t believe the beauty. Your help throughout the entire process was great—can’t thank you enough.”
—Lydia and Alex