109 State Street
Pavilion Building (next to the State House), Montpelier, VT
Freedom & Unity
Our museum's core exhibit, "Freedom and Unity: One Ideal, Many Stories," opened in March 2004 and won a national award. The multimedia exhibit, which represents Vermont's history from 1600 to the present, fills 5,000 square feet in the Pavilion Building in Montpelier. 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 WWII living room furnished with period music and magazines. View the online introduction to the exhibit.
Educational groups are admitted free, and group tours can be arranged.
The museum shop offers some products from the Historical Society's online store—a wide variety of books, gifts, maps, and games—as well as Vermont Life products.
One admission fee gives access to both the Vermont History Museum and the Vermont Heritage Galleries. Adults: $5; families: $12; students, children, seniors: $3; members and children under 6: free.
A Legacy of Caring: Kurn Hattin Homes for Children
Special exhibit April 2015 to October 2015
The panel exhibit tells the story of Kurn Hattin's founding and development within the context of major events in Vermont and U.S. history, such as World Wars I and II, the Great Depression, and the Civil Rights Movement, as well as significant trends in the fields of child care, education, and social services since the turn of the 19th century that have helped to shape the organization's philosophy and approach. It features materials from the late 1800s through to the present.
For more information about Kurn Hattin Homes for Children, please visit their website.
Coming Soon: Blue Ribbons & Burlesques: The Country Fair Photography of Charles Fish
Special Exhibit November 2015 - July 2016
For nearly 40 years, Charles Fish has been a keen observer and photographer of country fairs, primarily in Vermont. His black and white images capture the varying personalities of fairgoers and workers, the thrilling carnival rides, the blue-ribbon livestock and racehorses, and even the guilty pleasures of fair food. The exhibit will feature photography alongside commentary about the history and culture of county fairs.
Join us for an exhibit opening on Saturday, November 21 at the Vermont History Museum.
Refreshments will be served from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, and Charles Fish will speak about his work at 2:00 pm.
Call (802) 828-2180 for more information on this exhibit.