Celebrate summer at Shelburne Museum and join us for Free First Friday Eve events this season. Enjoy an evening of live music, lawn games, food trucks, and special exhibitions – the entire Museum campus will be open and FREE to all!
Check out collections buildings, play lawn games, and enjoy delicious food from local vendors including Green Mtn Grillbillies BBQ and Catering, Taco Truck All-Stars, Sisters of Anarchy Ice Cream, and Shelburne Museum’s Weathervane Café. Explore Eyesight & Insight: Lens on American Art and visit the EnChroma Glasses exploration station to see the world in color!
Beginning at 6 p.m. – Live music from Beg, Steal, or Borrow
Dance along to the sweet bluegrass harmonies and spirited instrumentals of Beg, Steal or Borrow, Vermont’s original “Old and in the Way” quintet. Located at the Weathervane Café patio.
*Disclaimer: Our first Free First Friday Eve is on the second Friday of the month this time. The remaining Free First Friday Eve events will be on the first Fridays of July, August, and September!
Check out collections buildings, play lawn games, and enjoy delicious food from local vendors including Lake Champlain Chocolates Ice Cream, Open Hearth Pizza, Southern Smoke Foods, Taco Truck All-Stars and Shelburne Museum’s Weathervane Café, with adult beverages brought to you by Cody’s Irish Pub.
5 – 6 p.m. – Walking tour with artist Nancy Winship Milliken
Explore the outdoor sculpture exhibition Varied and Alive: Nancy Winship Millikenwith the artist herself!
Beginning at 6 p.m. – Live music from Ray Vega Latin Jazz Sextet
TheRay Vega Latin Jazz Sextetwill present a program of Jazz with fiery Latin and Funk overtones! Located at the Weathervane Café patio.
5 – 6 p.m. Birding the Museum
Designed in partnership with Bird Diva Bridget Butler, experience a self-guided tour program to learn about bird characteristics and explore bird-themed artworks at the museum. Meet the Bird Diva in person, ask questions, and join for a slow birding activity!
Beginning at 6 p.m. – Live music from Brickdrop
Groove to live music from the energetic and funky jazz fusion collective, Brickdrop. Located at the Weathervane Café patio.
Check out collections buildings, play lawn games, and enjoy delicious food from local vendors including Church Street Cheesesteaks, Cody’s Irish Pub, Lake Champlain Chocolates Ice Cream, Pizza 44, Southern Smoke Foods, and Taco Truck All-Stars.
5 – 6 p.m. Meet and Greet with Artist David Stromeyer
Meet featured sculptor David Stromeyer to learn more about Faceted Rock, the museum’s newest outdoor sculpture acquisition.
Beginning at 6 p.m. – Live music from the Reflexions
Groove to live music from the energetic reggae-funk band, The Reflexions. Located at the Pizzagalli Center for Arts and Education patio.
No! The event is free and open to all between the hours of 5 – 7:30 p.m. Museum visitors who wish to visit during the daytime will be asked to pay normal admission.
Unfortunately, no. However, the Weathervane Café and select food truck vendors may accept credit/debit cards.
All buildings will be open except for the following: Apothecary, Diamond Barn, Lighthouse, Owl Cottage, Rail Car Grand Isle, Stagecoach Inn (opens Fall 2022), Weaving Shop
Live music begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. at the conclusion of the event.
Yes! The event is designed to appeal to all audiences. Children may enjoy a story walk, lawn games, dancing, and exploring the museum grounds – ask a staff member for their recommendations.
Each event features an activity from 5 – 6 p.m. These activities often include exploration stations, artist lectures, exhibition tours, and more! See specific calendar listings for details. Ongoing activities include live music, food vendors, open buildings, and lawn games.
In accordance with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines Shelburne Museum will no longer require face masks on the Museum campus either indoors or outdoors. Individuals are welcome to wear masks, but they are not required. We do ask that visitors continue to practice social distancing as an important ongoing preventative measure. This policy is subject to change as the Museum monitors the pandemic situation, adhering to national and state guidelines.
Yes! We have picnic tables set up near the Weathervane Café, benches around the grounds, an open-air lounge area at Shaker Shed, and plenty of lawn space. Visitors may not bring alcoholic beverages on the grounds. Food and drink will be available for purchase from the Weathervane café and select food truck vendors at each event.
Yes! You may bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets, or may utilize the picnic tables and benches around the grounds.
The Museum’s grounds are accessible, as are nearly all of our buildings. Paths, walkways, and roads consist of firmly packed gravel or slate surfaces and the terrain varies in slope and surface. Because each building is unique, we have published a Physical Accessibility Guide to help you plan your day. You can download this guide from https://shelburnemuseum.org/visit/
Service animals are welcome on the Museum grounds, but pets are not allowed. Visitors with service animals should speak with a member of the admissions staff prior to entering the grounds, for clarification on our policy and building access.
Our Weathervane Café will be open with food options available and featured food truck vendors will be present at each event. Check our event listings for more details on food and entertainment offerings each evening.
For more questions, please see our 2022 Visitation FAQs: https://shelburnemuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/FAQs-2022_Final.pdf