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.
Green Mountain Graveyards
Special exhibit October 2014 to April 2015
Green Mountain Graveyards traces the evolution of gravestone and funerary art in Vermont. This exhibit connects changing symbols and motifs with cultural and social views of death and mortality.
Photographs of Vermont's earliest gravestones from the late 1700s depict the last vestiges of the popular "memento mori" movement, including carvings depicting coffins, hourglasses, and crude portraits. As society's views on death softened, artwork shifted away from the physical remains to more spiritual concerns, incorporating weeping willow trees, angels and winged cherubs.
The growth of the state's granite economy in the late 1800s solidified Vermont's place in graveyard history as the industry attracted talented stoneworkers and sculptors from across the world.
"Green Mountain Graveyards" is a collaboration between Daniel Barlow and Scott Baer, two Vermont photographers who aim to present Vermont's forgotten gravestones and cemeteries as important works of art that are still relevant hundreds of years after they were carved.