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.

Permanent Collection Workshops

September and October 2018 workshops!

Life in Early Vermont


Come discover what life was like in the early 1800s! Participate in conversation about early Vermont life, make hand-dipped candles, explore our toy shop and school house and of course, make your own hand-churned ice cream!

Grades 1–12

Pair this workshop with The Great Journey for a full day museum field trip!


The Great Journey


Come with us as we prepare to make the great journey west! Make johnny cakes on our open hearth in Settler’s Cabin, barter for supplies in the General Store, print a post card to mail home in the Print Shop and explore our wagons in the Horseshoe Barn!

Grades 3–12

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

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 Fall & Winter workshop descriptions below 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.

Spring 2018

In the Shadows

February 19-April 20, 2018

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9–11 a.m. / 12–2 p.m.

Students will explore the concepts of light projection as they create their very own shadow puppet inspired by works they see in the special exhibition Puppets: World on a String. Once students create their puppets they will work together to develop a beginning to end puppet show. The workshop will culminate in a student develop shadow puppet show in our puppet theater.

Grades K-3

You talking to me?!

February 19-April 20, 2018

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9–11 a.m. / 12–2 p.m.

Ever wanted to create your very own talking head? In this workshop, students will explore the special exhibition and create a talking head puppet using a variety of materials. Students will then develop a play and present in our one of a kind puppet theatre.

Grades 4-8

Entomology Experts!

March 26- April 20, 2018

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9–11 a.m. / 12–2 p.m.

Students will learn about invasive bug species in Vermont and explore In the garden. Once viewing the special exhibition, students will use preserved bugs to create their own Bug Mandala. This fleeting artistic pattern will be preserved using photography.

Grades 1–12

Flora and Fauna

March 26- April 20, 2018

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9–11 a.m. / 12–2 p.m.

Flowers and insects collide in this art based workshop that uses collage to explore the form and shape of insects. Students will participate in gallery exploration, learn about the structures of a flower, and how symbiosis is crucial to maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Students will create beautiful artworks inspired by In the Garden.

Grades k-8



2017–2018 Special exhibition workshops are $7.50 per student and chaperone. All school staff or one parent per homeschool family are free. To register please email Mollie Trow, Education associate, at or call 802.985.3346 x 3392.

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

Passport to Learning

Passport to Learning begins Tuesday, May 15, 2018 and runs through Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Monday, May 14, 2018 is reserved for Homeschool Families.

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-6 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.

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 3-6 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.

2018 Passport to Learning Workshops

Back by Popular Demand:

  • Predator-Prey Play a game to learn the relationships between predator and prey. Beach Lodge
  • Train Tracking How did train travel improve communication? Explore signals and Morse code. Train Station
  • Addison County Spelling Bee  How well can you spell? Take part in a traditional spelling bee. Schoolhouse
  • Shop ‘till You Drop How did people shop in the 19th century? Find out by exchanging goods and services for for local food and imported merchandise. General Store


  • Ti-ed Down  Will you be our next deck hand aboard the Ticonderoga?! Come learn how to the most commonly used sailor knots. Ticonderoga
  • Into the wind  Experience one of the earliest forms of folk art as we explore the collection of weathervanes in Stagecoach Inn.  Together we will discover their practical purpose and artful design. Students will create their own weathervane to take home with them! Stagecoach Inn
  • Printer Jam  explore the print shop and make your own hand rolled print! Print Shop
  • Duck, Duck, Goose  Join us as we learn about why decoys were made exploring the newly opened Dorset House. Students will have the opportunity to create their own duck decoy to take home. Dorset House


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

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.

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

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.