Passport to Learning

Passport to Learning begins Monday, May 11, 2020 and runs through Friday, June 12, 2020. Monday, May 11, 2020 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 for student admission and limited transportation funds are 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.

Passport to Learning Workshops 2020

Back by Popular Demand:

  • Addison County Spelling Bee  How well can you spell? Take part in a traditional spelling bee. Schoolhouse
  • 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
  • Brain vs. Brawn Participants take turns hoisting a series of buckets using different pulley systems and learn to identify the mechanical advantage. Ticonderoga 
  • Predator Prey Everybody is somebody’s lunch! Come play a game to learn about predator-prey relationships.Beach Lodge

New and Reinvented:

  • Shop ’till You Drop What can you buy for a dollar in 1880? Students will buy, trade, and sell to complete their shopping list. General Store
  • Dissection Perfection Take a deep dive into a flower! Students will dissect flowers learning about each structure and it function as they go. Take what you learned into our gardens to see how flowers interact with their environment around them. Owl Cottage and Gardens 
  • Animal Oddities Explore the new Creature Comforts exhibit to see how animals have infiltrated the decorative arts. Then create your own animal vessel using air dry clay to take home. Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education
  • Morse’s Messages Travel back in time to decode messages transmitted through telegraph machines. Use your message to gain passage to our train! Train Station