More than twenty gardens add color and natural beauty to the Museum grounds. In the spring hundreds of lilacs and peonies fill the air with perfume, and in the summer thousands of daylilies nod in the breezes off the lake. Perennial and annual flower gardens, herb and heirloom vegetable gardens, and flowering fruit trees flourish through the fall. All year long, these inviting green spaces are favorite attractions for Museum visitors.
Perennials and a schoolhouse playground.
Plants and blossoms for health and well-being.
A formal garden designed to evoke an artist’s color palette.
Circus Building Daylily Garden
More than 1,700 daylilies in thirty-eight varieties ring the Circus Building and provide a brilliant burst of summer color.
Danby Fountain Garden
Colorful annuals flow from a decorative garden fountain.
Diamond Barn Garden
Bright blossoms against a backdrop of warm wood.
Dutton Dooryard Garden
A nineteenth-century array of scent and color.
A patch of colorful herbs and plants for fabric dyes.
Bright annuals highlight bronze sculpture.
Gardens of Pleissner Courtyard
Artistic palettes of color and texture.
Hat and Fragrance Garden
Plants and herbs traditionally used for fragrances and dyes.
J. Watson Webb Jr. Memorial Peony Garden
More than 700 peonies in twenty-five varieties.
Main Entrance Gardens
Pause here for a magnificent preview of the extensive gardens on the Museum grounds.
Meeting House Garden
A formal, floral-lined walkway.
Owl Cottage Garden
A playful pathway of zinnias.
The Pauline Cropper Mallory Heritage Garden at Dutton House
An extensive 1820s heirloom kitchen garden.
A sensory-filled garden path.
Railroad Station Gardens
Vibrant beds of annuals and daylilies.
Flax and kitchen gardens from 1790s Vermont.
Vermont House Garden
A stately beds of geraniums.
A restful garden of annuals welcomes visitors with an array of colors, textures, and fragrances.
There is so much to discover and explore at Shelburne Museum: thirty-nine buildings, more than twenty gardens, and some 100,000 artifacts spread out over forty-five acres. And that’s not even mentioning our steamboat, passenger train, and covered bridge! Our handy museum map—available here for you to print or download to your mobile device—will help you get the most out of your visit (you can also pick up a copy of the map at the admissions desk in the Museum Store). In addition to showing locations for shuttle stops, restrooms, our shop and café, and more, the map also includes a brief description of each building and the types of objects you will find inside, as well as tips for designing your visit to match your interests.
The Museum strives to make its exhibitions and programs accessible to all visitors. Our grounds and many of our buildings, including the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, are barrier-free and wheelchair-accessible. However, some historic structures have only limited accessibility. Our detailed accessibility guide will help you plan for your visit and is available here for you to print or download to your mobile device (copies are also available at the admissions desk in the Museum Store). If you have questions, please call 802-985-3346 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
From May 1 through October 31, a wheelchair-accessible shuttle bus provides transportation throughout the Museum campus. Please consult the Museum map for shuttle stop locations.