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Vermont Art Museums

Despite being New England's most rural state, Vermont has culture, and several excellent fine arts museums.

Mrs Nancy Lawson, by William Matthew Prior, Shelburne Museum, Vermont
Mrs Nancy Lawson, by William Matthew Prior at the Shelburne Museum, south of Burlington VT.

New England's least-populated state has plenty of fine art for visitors.


Bennington Museum

Most famous for its collection of wonderful works by folk painter Anna Mary Robertson "Grandma" Moses (1860 - 1961), the Bennington also has paintings from Bennington's late 19th-century Gilded Age, and a noted collection of local pottery. More...


Brattleboro Museum & Art Center

Right in the center of Brattleboro in the former train station, the museum organizes exhibits by local, regional and national contemporary artists. More...


Fleming Museum of Art

The Fleming boasts that its collection of 20,000 artworks and artifacts spansculture from early Mesopotamia to the contemporary USA and includes works from ancient Egypt, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Its European works include those by Max Beckmann, Jean-Baptiste Corot, Honoré Daumier, Albrecht Dürer, Hendrick Goltzius, Francisco Goya, William Hogarth, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, and Auguste Rodin. Strengths include 16th-and 17th-century Northern European paintings and prints, 18th-century British portraits, and a complete edition of the Napoleonic Description de l'Egypte. More...

See also the Shelburne Museum (below), just south of Burlington.


Southern Vermont Arts Center

Manchester's arts center offers exhibits by local, regional and national artists and performing groups. More...


Middlebury College Museum of Art

Middlebury College's museum holds art and antiquities from the 4th century BCE to the present, including American, Asian and European paintings, sculpture, prints and photographs, including strengths in 20th-century prints, photographs and public sculpture—a fine collection. More...

St Johnsbury

St. Johnsbury Athenaeum

I was astonished when I first entered the St Johnsbury Athenaeum: a beautiful late 19th-century building with a superb collection of American and European paintings and statuary from Fra Angelico and Veronese to George Loring Brown.

Art gallery of the St Johnsbury Athenaeum, St Johnsbury VT

The Hudson River School is a particular strength. As you enter the main hall, Albert Bierstadt's great painting The Domes of the Yosemite convinces you that you've found a real gem in St Johnsbury. More...


Shelburne Museum

Besides its exhibits of Vermont buildings, carriages, circus memorabilia, costumes, decoys, folk art, toys dolls and more, this famous, vast, elaborate museum in Shelburne south of Burlington boasts a superb fine art collection including American Hudson River School landscapes, Luminist seascapes and other works by Albert Bierstadt, William Merritt Chase, Thomas Cole, John Singleton Copley, Martin Johnson Heade, Winslow Homer, Eastman Johnson, John Kensett, Fitz Henry Lane, John Peto, and John Quidor.

There are pre-Impressionist and Impressionst paintings by Mary Cassatt, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Gustave Courbet, Charles-Francois Daubigny, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, and Claude Monet, and 20th-century paintings by Grandma Moses, Ogden Pleissner, Carl Rungius, and Andrew Wyeth. More...