109 State Street
Pavilion Building (next to the State House), Montpelier, VT
Normal hours: 10:00am-4:00pm, Tuesday-Saturday
Freedom & Unity
The award-winning Freedom and Unity exhibit presents a compelling history of the state from the first inhabitants to the present. Visitors walk through time and experience a full-sized Abenaki wigwam, a re-creation of the Catamount Tavern where Ethan Allen's Green Mountain Boys gathered, a railroad station complete with a working telegraph and a World War II era living room furnished with period music and magazines.
National Life Gallery
At the beginning of the museum, the 50-foot mural Salute to Vermont, welcomes visitors with three-and-a-half centuries of Vermont history, from Samuel de Champlain’s arrival in the Champlain Valley in 1609 to the development of Vermont’s ski industry in the late 1950s, as captured by painter Paul Sample in 1961. Temporary exhibits expand on the iconic images seen in the mural. Currently on Display: The Life & Work of Paul Sample
Local History Gallery
Within the Freedom & Unity exhibit is a spotlight gallery dedicated to rotating exhibits created by Vermont's over 190 local historical societies and museums.
Current Exhibit: Our Vanishing Landmarks: Chelsea and Beyond, curated by the Chelsea Historical Society. Open January 30, 2018-July 28, 2018.
Upcoming Exhibit: Brattleboro: The Defining Decades 1870-1920, curated by the Brattleboro Historical Society & Etsey Organ Museum, Opening August 1, 2018.
Jackie Calder Gallery
Our back gallery features rotating exhibits on a variety of history topics. Current exhibit: Solzhenitsyn in Vermont, produced in partnership with the Cavendish Historical Society and the University of Vermont. The exhibit celebrates the life and work of Russian novelist and historian Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on what would be the 100th anniversary of his birth through photographs, quotes, and family memories. Open through October 2018. Project supported, in part, by the Vermont Humanities Council.
The museum shop offers a wide variety of books, gifts, maps and toys. Some products are available from the museum's online store.
One admission fee gives access to both the Vermont History Museum and the Vermont History Center exhibits. Adults: $7; families: $20; seniors, students, children: $5; members and children under 6: free.
Regular open hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Closed on state and federal holidays.