109 State Street
Pavilion Building (next to the State House), Montpelier, VT
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
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 with a working telegraph and a WWII living room furnished with period music and magazines.
The exhibit explores three themes: Who are Vermonters? What is wise use of the land? How do we foster a democratic society?
This is a permanent exhibit presented by the Vermont Historical Society at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier, next to the State House.
Vermont's Interstate Highways: Interpreting the Interstates
Special exhibit—October 29, 2013 through April 26, 2014
Free with admission to the Vermont History Museum
Interpreting the Interstates is a three-year project aimed at understanding how the construction of the Interstate Highway System changed the culture and landscape of Vermont. The exhibit features photographs from the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration taken between 1958 to 1978, before, during, and after Interstate construction. The exhibit is on loane to us from the University of Vermont's Landscape Change program, and was supported by an NEH grant made to the Geology Department at the University of Vermont.