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 the Academic Programs Coordinator at (802) 985-3346 x3395 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 the Academic Programs Coordinator at (802) 985-3346 x3395 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.

Reservations are required for group rates. Please contact the Academic Programs Coordinator at (802) 985-3346 x3395 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

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 Wednesdays and Fridays, 9-11 a.m. and 12-2 p.m. Students will explore a special exhibition or specific collection with a knowledgeable Museum educator and then head to the classroom for a hands-on art-making experience inspired by what they saw in the Museum. Join us for just one session or bring your students for the entire day. All workshops can be modified to meet the needs of your students’ grade level.

Fees, hours, and policies for Gallery Workshops

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Gallery workshops are offered from September to June, in conjunction with the winter/early spring special exhibition schedule.
  • Workshops are offered from 9-11 a.m. and 12-2 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Workshop fees are $7.50 per student and per parent/chaperone. Staff are admitted free.
  • Maximum group size is 32 participants.
  • Parking is free and plentiful, and buses are welcome.

Reservations are required for group rates. Please contact the Academic Programs Coordinator at (802) 985-3346 x3395 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.