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.

Permanent Collection Workshops

Life in Early Vermont

September 12–October 31, 2017

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

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!


NEW This Year!

The Great Journey

September 12–October 31, 2017

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

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

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.

Fall & Winter Workshops
Hooked on You

October 2- December 15, 2017

Try your hand at rug hooking, looking to Vermont rug hooker Patty Yoder and her amazing works on display in Hooked on Patty Yoder Exhibit for inspiration. Workshops will be gallery and classroom based and are great for all ages!

Grades 1–2 Hooked alphabet

Grades 3–5 Rug-hooked coaster

Grades 6–12 Design your own rug from start to finish.


Join us for programming in conjunction with Sweet Tooth: The Art of Dessert, an exhibition that highlights the art of dessert. With a variety of options to reach all ages, we are sure you will find our programs sweet as well as informative.

Home Sweet Home

November 1, 2017–February 1, 2018

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

Join us as we decipher what home means to everyone. After an exploration of the exhibi­tion, students will create their own 3D home or ideal landscape using different forms of sugar!

Grades 1–5

Blast Off!

November 1, 2017–February 1, 2018

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

Students will explore the special exhibition, then learn about chemical reactions as they create their own sweetly powered bottle rockets. Using the scientific process, students will make hypotheses and test basic rocket models. The program will culminate with their very own rocket launch.

Grades 6–12

New this year! Shelburne Museum is opening its doors to early learners. Come explore the wonders of our collection through tactile, play-based workshops that are aligned with Vermont Early Learning Standards. Each program is one hour in length.

Go Wild: Exploring Animal Adaptations

September 12–October 31, 2017

Get ready to search for grubs like a bear, show off your antlers like a moose, and be part of a herd like a muskox. In this multisensory and movement-filled program, students will discover how animals’ bodies and behaviors help them to survive in their habitats.

Grades Pre-K–1st

Shape Detectives

September 12, 2017–May 1, 2018

Put your detective caps on, as we search for shapes in American art! Along the way, we’ll imagine, play, and sing songs that will bring shapes to life. We’ll finish our adventure by making our own shape art!

Grade Pre-K


2017–2018 Early-learning workshops are $4.00 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 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-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 3-4 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.

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.

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.