109 State Street
Pavilion Building (next to the State House), Montpelier, VT
(802) 828-2291
Normal hours: 10:00am-4:00pm, Tuesday-Saturday

Current Exhibits

Freedom & Unity

The award-winning Freedom and Unity exhibit presents a compelling history of the state from the first inhabitants to the present. 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.

National Life Gallery

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. Temporary exhibits expand on the iconic images seen in the mural. Currently on Display: The Life & Work of Paul Sample

Local History Gallery

LHSGallery1Within 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: Vermont Music, Far & Wide, curated by Big Heavy World, explores how music contributes to Vermont's character and uniqueness. Open through July 2019.

Historical societies & museums click here for details on becoming an exhibitor. Thank you to all the donors who made this Gallery possible.

Jackie Calder Gallery

Our back gallery features rotating exhibits on a variety of history topics. Current exhibit: Sports in Vermont explores the way Vermonters enjoy pastimes both competitively and for fun, in all four seasons.


The museum shop offers a wide variety of books, gifts, maps and toys. Some products are available from the museum's online store.

Admission: Adults: $7; families: $20; seniors, students, children: $5; members and children under 6: free.

Educational groups are admitted free with advance reservations. Tour groups are welcome at a discounted rate.

Regular open hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Closed on state and federal holidays.

Click here for current exhibits at the Vermont History Center in Barre

Click here for our online exhibits