FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kristen Levesque
SHELBURNE MUSEUM OPENS JUNE 2
WITH NEW EXHIBITIONS AND PROGRAMS
SHELBURNE, Vt. (May 20, 2021)—Shelburne Museum will open on Wednesday, June 2 with a full slate of new exhibitions and programs. Northern New England’s largest art and history museum will be open five days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through October 17.
Seventeen of the museum’s 39 buildings will be open—including the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Pleissner Gallery, Webb Gallery of American Art, and the 220-foot steamboat Ticonderoga. The Weathervane Café and Museum Store at Diamond Barn will also be open along with a popular favorite, the Carousel, with free rides scheduled every 15 minutes.
This summer visitors will have a special opportunity to engage with the work of contemporary artists and designers, to see loans from important collections in America and beyond, and experience selections from the museum’s expansive and compelling collections including:
• Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives (June 2-August 29) will explore how the largest printmaking company in 19th-century America visualized the nation’s social, political and industrial fabric.
• New England Now: People (June 26-October 17) will feature regional contemporary artists and celebrates the communities and people of New England. This multi-media exhibition is designed to facilitate rich conversation on a variety of socio-political issues and topics relevant to our region and beyond.
• Peter Kirkiles: At Scale (June 2-October 17) with 14 sculptures throughout the southern half of the museum’s campus. Whether an exact replica of an antique tall clock made in weathering steel, a measuring rule enlarged 10 times its normal size, or a Studebaker truck shrunken down to the dimensions of a toy, Kirkiles’ sculptures invite viewers to contemplate the familiar in new and unexpected ways.
Tickets are available at the museum’s admissions desk and no pre-registration is required. The museum will be monitoring guidance from state and federal officials related to COVID-19 safety, with current information posted on the website. For full details related to reopening and COVID-19 related regulations, please visit shelburnemuseum.org.
Image caption: The 220-foot steamboat Ticonderoga is a perennial favorite stop for visitors to Shelburne Museum, northern New England’s largest art and history museum with 39 buildings on a 45-acre campus. The museum opens on June 2, 2021. Courtesy of Shelburne Museum.
About Shelburne Museum
Founded in 1947 by pioneering folk art collector Electra Havemeyer Webb (1888–1960), Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont, is the largest art and history museum in northern New England and Vermont’s foremost public resource for visual art and material culture. The Museum’s 45-acre campus is comprised of 39 buildings including the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education and Webb Gallery featuring important American paintings by Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Grandma Moses, John Singleton Copley and many more. For more information, please visit shelburnemuseum.org.