Last updated: 6/21/2021
Middlebury, Vermont
Street Address
One Park Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
Mailing Address
One Park Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
Hours
Spring/Winter
Tuesday - Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Summer/Fall
Tuesday - Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday12 PM - 4 PM
Mondayclosed
Closed Mondays and on July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas & New Year’s Day
Admissions
Adults: $5
Seniors: $4.50
Students (): $4
Youth (6-18): $4
Children under 6: Free
Family: $12
Museum Type(s)
Art
Services
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Staff
Mary Manley, Associate Director
phone: 802-388-2117
Eva Garcelon-Hart, Research Center Archivist
phone: 802-388-2117
Description

We welcome one and all to visit the Sheldon Museum to delve in the connections between Vermont’s past, present, and future and to share, learn, and enjoy in our rich cultural legacy.

The Sheldon Museum offers engaging temporary art and history exhibits, programs, and events for all those seeking to gain a deeper appreciation of our community’s and Vermont's art and history. The Stewart-Swift Research Center houses one of the state’s premier archival collections, documenting the history of Middlebury, Addison County, and greater Vermont, which serves the research needs of scholars, students, genealogists, and the community.

Mission

Collect, preserve and share the historic, artistic, and cultural heritage of Middlebury, Addison County, Vermont, and the surrounding region for the enjoyment and edification of current and future generations.

History

The Sheldon Museum, the oldest community-based Museum in the country, has welcomed visitors and researchers since 1884. The elegant Federal house, located in the heart of downtown Middlebury, was built in 1829 by marble merchants Eben Judd and Lebbeus Harris. Local businessman and tireless collector Henry Sheldon later filled it with fine Vermont furniture, paintings, documents, household objects, and artifacts that provide a glimpse into Addison County and Vermont’s past. The permanent collection continues to grow today, making the Sheldon Museum a cultural heart of the region.

Artifact Collections

You will find our collection exhibited throughout the 1829 Judd-Harris House and often included in the Museum’s temporary exhibits.

The Museum collections reveal the social customs, business practices, and political life and interests of Addison County residents in the late 18th and 19th centuries. The Museum has a strong collection of the following:

  • furniture, particularly those whose provenance is Vermont and Addison County
  • portraits and paintings of Addison County residents and scenes
  • household objects
  • personal artifacts
  • textiles
  • and clothing
  • Research Collections

    The Stewart-Swift Research Center

    The Stewart-Swift Research Center is a repository of primary source materials that document the history of Addison County, with greatest depth in Middlebury, from the 18th century to the present. It also includes materials pertaining to broader Vermont and the nation and complements collections at Middlebury College’s Special Collections, the Bixby Library, the Rokeby Museum, local historical societies, and other Vermont collections of historical records. Explore the Archival Collections Highlights below!https://www.henrysheldonmuseum.org/archives-home

    Educational Programs

    PLEASED NOTE: As of June 2021, The Sheldon Museum is currently without an Education Coordinator. OUTREACH PROGRAMS and GUIDED TOURS are not currently available.

    The Sheldon Museum offers a variety of programs, Museum tours, and resource materials for students of all ages.

    Our school programs are also available to home school groups, scout troops, recreation departments, libraries, and other community organizations.

    Governance

    The Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History is governed by a Board of Trustees.

    Library

    Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

    Appointment required: Yes

    Publications
  • The Henry Sheldon Museum publishes a weekly digital newsletter.
  • The Sheldon's Stewart-Swift Research Center publishes a quarterly digital newsletter.
  • Recent printed publications include the 2021 revised A Walking History of Middlebury by Glenn Andres.
  • ADA

    The Henry Sheldon Museum is wheelchair accessible, has ample nearby parking and ADA compliant restrooms.

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Parking

    Restrooms

    Services

    Gift Shop

    Online Gift Shop

    Exhibitions
    Tuesday, July 13 - Friday, December 31, 2021
    Henry at 200: Collector, Museum Founder & More ...
    Henry at 200: Collector, Museum Founder & More exhibit on view July 13 - December 31, 2021 Revised A Walking History of Middlebury, Vermont by Glenn Andres available for purchase here!
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