Located in the beautiful historic Spaulding school building at 60 Washington Street in Barre. Galleries are generally open Monday–Friday 9:00am to 4:00 pm.

Current Exhibits:

Freaks, Radicals and Hippies: Counterculture in 1970s Vermont

Man with VanFrom communes to organic agriculture, progressive politics to healthcare reform, alternative energy to women’s and gay rights, no aspect of Vermont life remained the same after the dramatic changes that occurred during the 1970s. This dynamic and thoughtful exhibit offers a look back into this influential time in Vermont’s recent past. Contains Adult content. Closes December 29 2017. Click here for associated events & extended hours information.

The Emergence of the Granite City: Barre 1880 to 1940

barre2From 1880 to 1940 Barre’s population increased from 2,206 to 11,855 and it became known as the granite center of the world. In addition to their diverse customs and languages, many of the new residents had political beliefs that contrasted with the native Vermonters. With immigrant populations from French-Canada, Scotland, Italy and many other European countries, Barre became a cosmopolitan city distinct from others in Vermont.

Icons, Oddities, and Wonders: Stories from the Vermont Historical Society’s Collections

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New items now on display! Showcasing artifacts that represent the best, the worst, the weirdest, and sometimes the most wonderful stories of Vermont history. Currently including: a carousel horse carved for the Vermont Bicentennial, an upright toy piano, moon rocks, a "Jeezum Jim" beer bottle, and much more.


Barre Firehouse Weathervane

The Barre firehouse weathervane graces the main lobby at the History Center. Designed especially for the 1904 fire station on South Main Street in Barre, the weathervane graced the top of the former firehouse for nearly a century. 

Current exhibits at the Vermont History Museum, Montpelier.

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