Celebrate the holiday season with a visit to Winter Lights, a magical light display designed to capture the warmth and cheer of the season. See the steamboat Ticonderoga aglow in a sea of light. Stroll through a brilliant twinkling tunnel and a glowing illuminated labyrinth. Marvel at the majesty of the Electra Havemeyer Webb Memorial Building dressed for the season. Indulge in some holiday shopping at the Museum store at Diamond Barn. Winter Lights will be fun for the whole family and is sure to become a winter tradition! 

 

 

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Health and Safety

Based on the current recommendations from the CDC and the Vermont Department of Health we are adhering to and implementing the following procedures. 

  • Cloth face masks that cover the mouth and nose are mandatory and must be worn at all times on the Shelburne Museum campus. Visitors age 2 and up and all staff must wear masks while outdoors on the grounds and inside buildings. Masks will be available at the Admissions desk for those who require them. 
  • Winter Lights will be operating at limited capacity to ensure social distancing and each visitor will have a designated time slot for their visit. 
  • Restrooms are available at The Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education and Admissions, with limited stall availability to ensure social distancing.    
  • Hand sanitizing stations are conveniently located throughout the grounds. 
  • We have implemented high frequency cleaning procedures on high touch surfaces and in all restrooms to ensure the safety of all visitors. 

In compliance with provisions of Vermont Executive Order 1-20, as amended, pertaining to out of state travel and quarantine obligations, Shelburne Museum requires all guests over age 18 to complete the Certificate of Compliance prior to entry onto the Museum grounds. 

The Vermont State County Travel map is updated on Tuesday each week. Please reference the map on Tuesday afternoon, the week of your event, to make sure that you are traveling from a green county and are eligible to travel without quarantining. If your county of origin is coded yellow or red by the State of Vermont, we may be unable to welcome you to the Museum at this time. Please find more information on current location status here. 

We encourage you to print out and complete the Certificate of Compliance the day of the event and bring it with you to reduce your wait time and speed up your entry into the Museum.

Hours and Admission

$10 for adults (18+)
$5 for children 3 – 17
Free for children 2 and under

Advance Tickets are required for ALL visitors, including members. 

We ask you to arrive on time with your ticket and your completed Certificate of Compliance to ensure prompt check-in. 

We are not accepting library passes or guest passes for this special event. 

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Friday-Saturday, November 27 – 28

Thursday-Saturday, December 3-5

Thursday-Saturday, December 10-12

Thursday-Saturday, December 17-19

Saturday-Wednesday 26-30, 2020

Friday, Saturday, January 1-2, 2021

 

Tickets are available for 3 time periods each evening: 5-6 p.m. 6-7 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. 

Energy Efficiency

Winter Lights at Shelburne Museum is lighting up the night with energy efficient LED lighting, using 90% less electricity than standard incandescent lighting, producing less heat, lasting longer, and reducing electricity costs. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What will I see during Winter Lights? 
Winter Lights features dazzling lighting installations – a dynamic light tunnel, labyrinth, and grove; dramatic illumination of the Electra Havemeyer Webb Memorial building; a shimmering Ticonderoga steamboat, and a gleaming lighthouse. Enjoy holiday shopping in the festively lit Museum store at Diamond Barn, and warm yourself by cozy outdoor firepits.   

Will the Ticonderoga or any other buildings be open during the event? 
No, all of the Museum buildings will be closed during Winter Lights, but you will be able to see the exterior of the Ticonderoga in a new light (pun intended).  

When is Winter Lights open? 
Friday-Saturday, November 27 – 28 
Thursday-Saturday, December 3-5 
Thursday-Saturday, December 10-12 
Thursday-Saturday, December 17-19 
Saturday-Wednesday 26-30, 2020 
Friday, Saturday, January 1-2, 2021 

Tickets are available for 3 time periods each evening: 5-6 p.m. 6-7 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. 

Will the Museum be open during the day? 
No, the Museum is closed for the season.  

Are you open on holidays? 
Winter Lights at Shelburne Museum will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve. Winter Lights will be open on January 1, New Year’s Day. 

Can I take photos? 
Yes! Please share your photos on social media and tag Shelburne Museum. 

Do you allow smoking or vaping on campus?  
No, Shelburne Museum is a smoke-free campus. Smoking, of any kind, is not permitted anywhere on the Museum grounds. 

What is your firearms policy? 
The safety and well-being of our visitors and staff are of the utmost importance. To ensure a secure venue for all, the possession of firearms, fireworks, explosives, incendiary devices, knives, or weapons of any kind is prohibited at Shelburne Museum’s property. 

How do I purchase tickets? 
Advance Ticketing is required. Before arriving at the Museum, please make sure to reserve a timed ticket online here. Members will receive early access to purchase tickets for Winter Lights at Shelburne Museum.

How much time can I spend visiting? 
Your ticket is timed for entry and allows you to spend up to one hour exploring Winter Lights 

You are sold out for the date and time I wanted, can I come anyway?
No, advanced ticketing is required for this event and you must arrive with a ticket. You may however place yourself on the waitlist. 

I was only allowed to buy one ticket but I needed more, how do I get additional tickets? 
You most likely purchased the last ticket and no more are available at this time, but you can place your name on the waitlist. To ensure social distancing and to abide by Vermont guidelines, we are limiting the number of visitors on the grounds to 100 during each time period. 

  • All visitors are required to fill out a Certificate of Compliance form to verify that they are following Vermont state travel guidelines.

 

What is the Certificate of Compliance form? 
In compliance with provisions of Vermont Executive Order 1-20, as amended, pertaining to out of state travel and quarantine obligations, Shelburne Museum requires all guests over age 18 to complete the Certificate of Compliance prior to entry onto the Museum grounds. 

The Vermont State County Travel map is updated on Tuesday each week. Please reference the map on Tuesday afternoon, the week of your event, to make sure that you are traveling from a green county and are eligible to travel without quarantining. If your county of origin is coded yellow or red by the State of Vermont, we may be unable to welcome you to the Museum at this time. Please find more information on current location status here. 

We encourage you to print out and complete the Certificate of Compliance the day of the event and bring it with you to reduce your wait time and speed up your entry into the Museum. 

Can I request a refund for the ticket(s) I purchased? 
If you are unable to attend Winter Lights due to Vermont’s COVID 19 travel restrictions, you may request a refund for your ticket through the Eventbrite ticketing website. All refunds must be requested 24 hours in advance of your scheduled ticket time. Refunds will not be extended within 24 hours of your scheduled ticket time or after the event, except under extenuating circumstances. The Vermont State County Travel map is updated weekly on Tuesday.  Please reference the map on Tuesday afternoon, the week of your event, to make sure that you are traveling from a green county and are eligible to travel without quarantining. If your county has changed to yellow or red you will have time to request a refund up to 24 hours before your scheduled ticket time. All eligible refund requests will be processed within 5 business days. Refunds should be received within 10-12 business days. 

What happens if there is inclement weather? 
The event runs rain, snow, or shine. In the event of major weather events we may need to close for the evening and all ticket holders will receive notification by 12pm on the day of the event. Ticket holders on those evenings may request a full refund through your existing Eventbrite reservation within 3 days of the cancellation.  

Is this accessible to all? 
Yes, the pathways are accessible to wheelchairs, strollers, and wagons. If you require a wheelchair, we will have a limited number available at the entrance for any visitor upon request. Please note, however, that paths may be muddy, wet, icy, or snow covered.  

Is there a lot of walking? 
The whole experience requires about a half mile of walking, and there is a slight hill. We advise all visitors to wear appropriate footwear for the weather and the terrain. 

I would like to visit but I will need vehicular transportation while on campus. How can I visit?  
Please contact Visitor Services Manager Lee Wheeler at lwheeler@shelburnemuseum.org for any vehicular accommodation requests.    

Is there strobe lighting or displays with lots of noise? 
While none of the light installations use strobe lighting, installations at the front entrance of the Museum, the south lawn, the Ticonderoga and the Lighthouse all including motion lighting; the Ticonderoga installation includes sound, and one of the installations on the south lawn includes music. 

Will there be large crowds? 
No, we have limited the number of visitors on the grounds to 100 per time period, to ensure social distancing and provide a more enjoyable viewing experience.  

Can I bring my pet? 
No, pets are not permitted on the Museum campus. Service animals are always welcome on the grounds. 

Are there restrooms available? 
Yes, we have restroom facilities open on campus at the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education and Admissions, and we have implemented high-frequency cleaning procedures in response to the guidance from the CDC.  

Will there be food? Can we bring dinner into the Museum? 
No food is available for purchase on campus. We do encourage our visitors to patron a list of local Shelburne restaurants that are offering Winter Lights specials. Bring your same day proof of admission ticket to any of the participating restaurants to receive their promotion. Visit the participating restaurant’s website or call for specific details.  

Participating Shelburne restaurants:
Archie’s Grill
Barkeaters 
Bistro Cucina 
Folino’s Pizza 
La Villa Bistro 
Peg & Ters 
Shelburne Tap House 

You may wish to bring a thermos of warm beverage should the evening be chilly.  If you do plan to eat or drink on campus, please find a space away from other visitors so that you can pull down your masks safely.  

Will the museum store be open? 
Yes, the museum store will be open during Winter Lights at Shelburne MuseumLocated in Diamond Barn, on the Museum campus, you will need an event ticket to access the store, where you will find a wide array of gift items perfect for holiday giving. For all other shopping inquiries please contact store@shelburnemuseum.org