109 State Street
Pavilion Building (next to the State House), Montpelier, VT
Freedom & Unity
The Vermont History Museum, located in the Pavilion Building in Montpelier, presents a compelling history of the state from the first inhabitants to the present. In the award-winning Freedom and Unity exhibit, 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.
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.
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: History of the Morgan Horse created by the National Museum of the Morgan Horse. On view through August 26, 2017.
Upcoming Exhibit: Studies in Perfection: The Portrait Painting of Thomas Waterman Wood, curated by the T.W. Wood Gallery. Opening August 30, 2017.
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 Heritage Galleries. 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.