Rutland County - Museum Directory
Please Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, information listed for open hours or events may not be accurate in 2020. We recommend contacting the organization directly to confirm before making plans to visit.
Hours and Admission: May - October: Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, or by appointment.
The Museum features Brandon History including industry, business, architecture, tourism, and immigration. See hundreds of old Brandon photos, as well as stories reflecting the lives and thoughts of some of Brandon’s earliest residents, and items manufactured in Brandon.
Hours and Admission: Monday-Saturday from mid-May through mid-October from 11 am – 4 pm with free admission. Open Sunday by appointment.
Castleton Historical Society
The museum is located in the Higley Homestead, a brick house built in 1811. Collections pertain to Castleton and include furnishings, paintings, costumes, documents, and photographs. The walls of the house have some original stenciling, as well as restored stenciling. The historical society also owns the Old Cobbler's Shop, built in the 1790's, which is a small brick house at the end of Main Street.
Hours and Admission: Open to the public, July to September on Thursday afternoons.
Chittenden Historical Society
The society's records are at the town hall. Visitors on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 5:00 pm or by appointment.
Fair Haven Historical Society
Fair Haven Historical Society works not only to preserve our history but to actively record current events for future use. We are dedicated to educating members of our community on Fair Haven's rich history in the Slate Valley of Vermont.
Hours and Admission: Monday 9:00 - 11:00 am, or by appointment.
Historical Society of Clarendon, VT
The Society began operations in 2017 and has been focused on documenting and preserving all aspects of Clarendon history with particular focus on ordinary people, places, and events that would otherwise be lost to history rather than on that which can be readily found in many places elsewhere on the internet. We do not yet have a physical home of our own and instead make our collections available via our website. Physical items in our collections and materials not yet on our website can be seen by appt.
Hubbardton Historical Society
The Hubbardton Historical Society was organized in 2000. The society's headquarters are located next to the Hubbardton Battlefield. We have begun collecting items for a museum. Our major activities include working with the State of Vermont for Historic Site Preservation and the Living History Association during the re-enactment of the Battle of Hubbardton. Other activities include a monthly newsletter, education, genealogy, and local history research. Visitors by appointment.
Ira Historical Society
Newly formed in 2016, the Society does not yet have a physical address or collections.
Mendon Historical Society
Formed in the summer of 1999, the society has completed several projects. The Mendon World War II Honor Roll has been restored and is on display in the Town Office, along with a scrapbook with photos of those who served. A bell from a local historic school has been installed at the entrance of the town office with a plaque. The society is presently planning to design and install a commemorative kiosk of the history and present information about Mendon. Other activities include the ongoing effort to organize artifacts and photos from the past and present.
Middletown Springs Historical Society
The society was formed in 1969 to create the Mineral Springs Park and to restore its ornate springhouse. It has also preserved the Adams House (c. 1800) and the Elisha Leffingwell tin shop. Activities include genealogy and local history research, Maple Festival, Strawberry Festival, Museum Open House and Lecture, and other special days. Collections relate to the Montvert Hotel mineral springs resort, A.W. Gray Horsepower Factory, local organizations and families.
Hours and Admission: Memorial Day to end of October: Sunday, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, or by appointment. Mineral Springs Park open year round. Free.
Mount Holly Historical Society
The Mount Holly Community Historical Museum is working hard on restoring an 1858 house and barn where its expanded collection of local artifacts, including a mammoth tooth and tusk, will be displayed. Sunday programs take place every week from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.
Hours and Admission: July 4 - October 10: Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Mount Tabor/Danby Historical Society
Visitors by appointment.
Pawlett Historical Society
The society's collections are located in the North Pawlet School, and comprise photographs and post cards, some textiles, and other artifacts pertaining to the Town of Pawlet, its people, businesses, recreation, music, family histories, etc. Visitors by appointment.
Pittsfield Historical Society
Hours and Admission: April - November: first and third Tuesday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, or by appointment.
Pittsford Historical Society
The society is located in the historic 1887 Eaton Hall Museum. Collections include five Granger Stoves made at The Furnace in Pittsford, displays on Pittsford's first settlers, and extensive genealogical records.
Hours and Admission:
April-mid November: Tuesday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Poultney Historical Society
The Society has restored its three buildings as museums: the 1791 Union Academy is a living history one-room schoolhouse; the 1854 Melodeon Factory recently went through major renovations to become once again a blacksmith shop and melodeon factory; and the 1896 Schoolhouse houses the Society's main collections, its genealogical research library, and its offices. The society now offers its award-winning Poultney Audio Walking and Driving Tours at the museums and at the East Poultney General Store. Listening devises may be borrowed at these locations at no cost.
Hours and Admission: June-September, Sundays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, and by appointment. Not yet accessible to the disabled.
Proctor Historical Society
The society has files of photographs, documents and written works, marble, family information, books on town history and Vermont history, and some artifacts.
Hours and Admission: Monday - Thursday, 9:00 - 11:00 am, 2:00 - 8:00 pm; Friday, 9:00 am - noon, 1:00 - 5:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am - noon
Rutland Historical Society
The society is located in the former Nickwackett Firehouse, built in 1860. Collections focus mainly on the local history of Rutland as it wwas chartered and includes the towns of Proctor, West Rutland, and the City of Rutland. Our collections include costumes, manuscripts, documents, books, and photographs. We are also expanding our website and finding aids with many of our historical, genealogical, and informational collections.
Hours and Admission: Wednesday, 2:00 – 7:00 pm; Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm and by appointment. Free. Displays are accessible. Please email with all concerns or requests ahead of time.
The society has pictures, artifacts, and local history on display.
Hours and Admission: Monday & Friday, 10:00 am - 5:30 pm; Wednesday, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Shrewsbury Historical Society
The museum is located in the former Cuttingsville Church, originally built in 1842, and later renovated and rededicated in 1891. The historical society displays 19th-century household items and furniture, costumes, photographs, books, diaries, toys, and other town memorabilia. The collection also includes video and audio tapes of townspeople and special events, and current Shrewsbury history in scrapbook form.
Hours and Admission: July - October: Sundays, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, or by appointment. Free. Wheelchair accessible with parking
Sudbury Historical Society
Information is in the archives at the town clerk's office. Visitors by appointment.
Tinmouth Historical & Genealogical Society
Hours and Admission: Town Clerk's hours: Monday and Thursday, 8:00 am - noon and 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Wallingford Historical Society
The museum is located on the second floor of the town hall. The collection consists of costume accessories, clothing, photographs, furniture, and other town memorabilia. Genealogical records are also available.
Hours and Admission: Open during town office hours and by appointment. Free. Accessible to the disabled.
Wells Historical Society
There is no established museum. The society's collection consists of local photographs, postcards and antique artifacts, and resides in the Wells Village Library at this time. Visitors by appointment.
West Haven Historical Society
Our collection of town reports, photographs, memories, and memorbilia will be housed in the Center School once restoration has been completed. We meet the 1st Monday of every month at 7:30 pm. New members welcome. Visitors by appointment.
West Rutland Historical Society
Visitors by appointment.