Passport to Learning

Passport to Learning begins Monday, May 13, 2019 and runs through Friday, June 14, 2019. Monday, May 13, 2019 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. 

Pre-registration is required! Email Mollie Davis at 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. Funding available upon request.

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.

2019 Passport to Learning Workshops

Back by Popular Demand:

  • 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 new goods and services for for local food and imported merchandise. General Store
  • Swing Your Partner join us as we come together and learn the traditional step in a contra dance and explore how barn raising created a community! Settler’s Barn
  • 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
  • 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
  • Animal Detectives Using Visual Thinking Strategies,  we will learn about animal adaptations that make each species a master of their environment and how each species holds and how each species impacts one another. Beach Lodge
  • Brain vs. Brawn Participants take turns hoisting a series of buckets using different pulley systems and learn to identify the mechanical advantage. Ticonderoga