There is a reason why Shelburne Museum welcomes thousands of school children each year—it is an incredibly rich resource for learning about American history, industry, culture, and art. Our guided workshops, self-guided tours, and custom-designed programs are all about close looking, critical thinking, and nurturing creativity and art appreciation. In the hands of our lively teaching staff, our collections become tools for learning, exploration, and self-expression. Educators who connect with Shelburne Museum will have the opportunity to expand their own understanding of the stories our collections have to tell and the ways that art and material culture can support classroom learning. We welcome public, private, and homeschool students in grades pre-K to 12 and beyond.

Register for programs online by clicking the buttons below. Please contact our Education Associate at (802) 985-3346 x3392 or with any questions.

Self-Guided Visits

A self-guided tour could be just the right fit for your school, college, summer camp, or other educational or service organization. Self-guided visits allow you to explore the Museum at your own pace and visit the exhibits and buildings your group is most excited to see. Reservations are required for group rates.

Fees, hours, and policies for Self-Guided School Visits

  • Reservations are required.
  • Admission is $5 per child, regardless of age, and $11 per person for college or other adult education groups.
  • We provide free admission for your group driver and leader.
  • Parking is free and plentiful, and buses are welcome.

Reservations are required for group rates. Please contact our Education Associate at (802) 985-3346 x3392 or email to make a reservation.

Passport to Learning

Pack your bags for an educational adventure at Shelburne Museum! Passport to Learning is an exciting series of eight interactive workshops for students in grades K-4 that meet educational standards from Vermont’s Framework of Standards and Grade Expectations/Common Core State Standards and introduces students to concepts and themes in art, language arts, math, science, and social studies through a facilitated exploration of Shelburne Museum.

We offer Passport to Learning each spring and fall.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Pre-registration is required! Click the link above or below to register.
  • Passport to Learning costs $5 per student and $5 per chaperone. School staff or one parent per homeschooled family are admitted free. Please note that if you are arriving before 10 a.m., you must pay with cash or a check.
  • We can accommodate up to 200 students per day.
  • Group arrivals are staggered to aid traffic flow through the workshops.
  • Workshops run concurrently from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The last workshop session of the day begins at 1:30 p.m.
  • Workshops begin promptly on the half hour.
  • Each workshop closes for a thirty-minute break during the day.
  • Workshops run on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Workshops can accommodate between ten and twenty students at a time. We encourage classrooms to divide into small groups of four to six students each, with at least one chaperone per group.
  • You may choose to complete as few or as many workshops as you would like. We recommend that students in grades K-2 attend between two and three workshops and students in grades 3-4 attend between three and five workshops in a visit.
  • Each student receives a passport upon arrival. At the completion of a workshop each student receives a stamp in his or her passport.
  • Each student receives a pass to return to the Museum for free with one paid adult.


Passport to Learning Workshops, Spring 2017

Monday-Friday, May 15–June 9

Shop ‘Til You Drop – General Store

How did people shop in the 19th century? Find out by exchanging goods and services for local food and imported merchandise.

Train Tracking – Railroad Station

How did train travel improve communication? Explore signals and Morse code.

Brain vs. Brawn – Ticonderoga

Discover how simple machines can make work easier.

Predator and Prey – Beach Lodge

Everybody is somebody’s lunch! Play a game to learn about predator-prey relationships.

Addison County Spelling Bee – Schoolhouse

How well can you spell? Take part in a traditional spelling bee.

Swing Your Partner – Settlers’ House

Explore early forms of entertainment and learn how to Contra Dance.

You be the Judge – Castleton Jail

Decide which petty criminals should stand trial.

Step Right Up! – Circus Building

How would you advertise a circus? Design and create your own circus poster.

Reservations are required for group rates. Please contact our Education Associate at (802) 985-3346 x3392 or to make a reservation.

Sponsorship & Support

National Life Group

The Bay and Paul Foundations

MGN Family Foundation Vermont Arts Council

The Walter CERF Community Fund

Vermont Community Foundation

An Anonymous Trust

Academic Year Camps

Vacation Camps
Are you or your students’ parents looking to introduce some fun into school vacations?
Shelburne Museum offers two, week-long vacation camps from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Monday–Friday,
February 27–March 3, and April 24–28, 2017. Register your child for one day or join us for the entire week! Recommended for children ages 6-10. $300 for the full week.

In-Service Day Camps
In-service days provide important opportunities for educators to plan and learn, but can be challenging for parents who want enriching experiences for their students on days off. We’ve got the solution! Join us for single day camps during the academic school year where groups of up to 15 children explore our grounds, visit our galleries, and create art in our classroom. Recommended for children ages 6-10. $60 per child each day.

Chittenden County In-Service dates: October 21 2016; March 31, 2017

Contact and Registration
To learn more about our school programs, camps, and to register, please contact our Education Associate at or call (802) 985-3346 x 3392, for additional information.  Schools with a high percentage of students receiving free/reduced lunch are eligible for funding through the generosity of several museum funders. Please inquire at the time of registration.

Did you know?

The ESSA Act of 2016 (Every Student Succeeds) prioritizes excellence and equity and is designed to provide access to a holistic well-rounded education, including humanities education.

Field trips: Schools operating a schoolwide program may use Title I funds to support activities such as field trips to increase access to hands-on humanities experiences and activities. Such uses must be consistent with applicable SEA or LEA policies, Federal requirements for uses of funds, and the school’s comprehensive needs assessment (ESEA section 1114).

So, your school may have resources to help support visits to Shelburne Museum. Be sure to check with your school’s administration about possible funding.

Gallery Workshops

Our gallery workshops are a great way to spend part of your school day. Workshops are designed to meet Common Core educational standards and offer students in grades K-12 an exciting opportunity to explore and get inspired by our collections and special exhibitions. Each workshop includes thoughtful discussion and meaningful, hands-on, art-based activities. We welcome public and private school groups as well as homeschooling families and communities.

How does it work?
Two workshop sessions are offered on select days (see workshop descriptions for days), 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 12-2 p.m. Explore the special exhibition with an engaging Museum educator. Then, head to the classroom for artistic expression and creation during an exhibition-related, hands-on, art making experience. All workshops can be modified to meet the needs of your students’ grade level.

Cancellation Policy
In the event that you need to cancel a registration, requests must be submitted one week before your scheduled program for no charge. Cancellation requests made less than one week before your scheduled program will be charged a $50 fee. If the program is cancelled due to inclement weather, the participating school will not be charged and we will reschedule for a later date.

The Artist’s Toolkit: Impressionism
Students explore the Impressionist painting collection in the Electra Havemeyer Webb Memorial Building, compare major artists of the movement, and discuss their techniques and subjects.
In our classroom space, students will apply the artists’ techniques to create their own
Impressionist-inspired painting. Recommended for grades 9-12
Mondays, September 19–October 28, 2016

Prints and Posters: From Circus to Hard-Edge Cool
Two special Museum exhibitions, Papering the Town: Circus Posters in America and Hard-Edge Cool: The Routher Collection of Mid-Century Prints will inspire and inform as students learn about the process of printmaking and try their hands at designing their own prints. Recommended for grades 5-12
Wednesdays, and by special arrangement, November 28–December 16, 2016

Portraits Rock!
Backstage Pass: Rock and Roll Photography! features more than 300 photographs, taking an
intimate look at some of rock music’s biggest stars from the 1960s-80s. Join us for a
comparison of portraits over time through an exploration of folk and high style portraiture
in our Webb Gallery of American Art, and the 20th century photographs in this exhibition.
Students will have the opportunity create their own portraits using both photographic and
painting techniques. Recommended for grades 5-12
Fridays, and by special arrangement, February 13–April 21, 2017

Reservations are required for group rates. Please contact our Education Associate at (802) 985-3346 x3392 or email to make a reservation.

Permanent Collection Workshops

Life in Early Vermont
Grades K-8; may be modified for 9-12
Travel back in time to learn about everyday life in early Vermont. Students will explore historic buildings and Museum galleries to investigate art and artifacts from the early years of the United States. Students will “live” as a child in early Vermont by reenacting a one-room school house, playing games, making candles, and churning their own ice cream.

The Artist’s Toolkit: Impressionism
Grades 9-12
In The Artist’s Toolkit: Impressionism, students will explore the Impressionist painting collection housed in the Electra Havemeyer Webb Memorial Building, compare major artists of the movement, and discuss the techniques and subjects of the movement. In our classroom space, students will apply the artists’ techniques to create their own Impressionist-inspired painting.

Professional Development

Our hands-on professional development programs give educators valuable practice in incorporating fine art and material culture into a wide range of curricular structures. We explore collections in-depth, learn from exhibition curators, exchange teaching strategies, and offer opportunities for both research and practice.

Please check back for future learning opportunities for educators.