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SHELBURNE, Vt. (Apr. 1, 2021)—Shelburne Museum will reopen on June 2 with a full slate of new exhibitions and programs, Director Thomas Denenberg announced. Closed since the fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum’s 45-acre grounds along with select exhibition buildings, will be open five days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays, through October 17.

“We are looking forward to welcoming visitors and members this summer and showcasing once again the magical place that is Shelburne Museum,” Denenberg said. “Not only do we have two wonderful special exhibitions, but the staff has organized new interpretative material throughout our campus and renowned gardens.” 

The museum grounds and several buildings will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Advance tickets will be required to visit, and occupancy limits will apply both indoors and on the grounds. Buildings that will be open include: the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Pleissner Gallery, Webb Gallery of American Art, and the 220-foot steamboat Ticonderoga.

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.
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. The southern half of the museum’s campus will be filled this summer with 14 sculptures by artist Peter Kirkiles (June 2-October 11). Whether an exact replica of an antique tall clock made in weathering steel, a measuring rule enlarged ten 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. The museum’s events calendar offers lectures, concerts, demonstrations, family days, and programming in conjunction with special exhibitions.

For full details related to reopening and COVID-19 related regulations, please visit


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


Image captions:

  1. Aerial view of Shelburne Museum
  2. Steamboat Ticonderoga
  3. New England Now: People exhibition: Cobi Moules, Untitled (Rocky Coast of Maine I), 2019. Oil on canvas, 34 x 60 in. Courtesy of the artist and Kasper Contemporary.
  4. Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives exhibition: Frances Palmer, published by Currier & Ives, American Express Train, 1864. Lithograph, 17 ½ x 27 ¾ in. Joslyn Art Museum, Gift of Conagra Brands, 2016.20.416. Photography © Joshua Ferdinand. Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives has been organized by Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska.
  5. Peter Kirkiles: At Scale exhibition: Peter Kirkiles (South Kent, Connecticut, b. 1966-), Folding Ruler Star, 2012, Cypress, stainless steel, and ink, 96 x 48 x 48 in., Courtesy of the artist.