Plan Your Visit

We’re excited to welcome visitors back to the Museum in 2021!

The Museum will open to the public on May 22, 2021. While our indoor galleries and exhibits will remain temporarily closed this year, we have all new and revamped outside exhibits around our 3-acre campus for visitors to truly enjoy an open-air museum experience. In addition, the replica schooner Lois McClure will be docked at the Museum this year and visitors will have a chance to get up close to the replica Revolutionary War gunboat, Philadelphia II.

Scroll down for key information to know before you visit:


General admission to the Museum is free.
Read more about why we’ve eliminated admission fees

2021 Season Dates

May 22 to October 17, 2021

Museum Hours

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day.
Check out what exhibits will be open

Lois McClure Hours

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Visitor Safety*

Following guidance from the State of Vermont and the CDC, all visitors are asked to observe the following safety rules to keep all our visitors, staff, and families healthy:

  • Face masks are required for visitors and staff. If you do not have a face mask, we will have masks available for purchase. The State of Vermont currently requires everyone over the age of 2 years old to wear a mask in public spaces, indoors or outdoors.
  • Maintain a 6-foot distance from other visitors outside of your group and staff.
  • Sign in at the Hoehl Family Visitor Center when you arrive, which allows us to reach you in case there is a health concern.
  • Check Vermont Department of Health COVID-19 travel guidelines for more information on travel guidance, prevention measures, and other advisories. The website is updated frequently.

*We will update these safety rules regularly to be in line with the current guidelines.


Free parking is available at the Museum and there are two bike racks for cyclists. Free accessible parking is located directly outside of the Hoehl Family Visitor Center.


We are located at 4472 Basin Harbor Road, Vergennes, VT 05491 situated right on Lake Champlain at North Harbor, right next to Basin Harbor. We strongly recommend using Google Maps to navigate your way to the Museum by car or bike. Use the map below to get custom directions to you or use our directions from Downtown Vergennes as a guide:

Directions from Downtown Historic Vergennes:
Drive south through Vergennes on Main Street and cross the bridge over Otter Creek. Turn right on Panton Road and continue for 1.4 miles. Turn right on Basin Harbor Road (at BJ’s Farm Supply) and continue for 4.8 miles. After passing a sign for Basin Harbor on your right, you will see the Museum and our sign on your right.

Directions On Google Maps:


Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is committed to making our museum visit accessible for all visitors. All of our Museum buildings are accessible at grade level or with ramps built in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Approximately one-third of the Museum site consists of open grounds, which include gardens, grassy and natural areas, pine groves, picnic areas, gravel walkways, outdoor exhibits, and facilities for watercraft at North Harbor. Our waterfront is at the base of a steep gravel path and is not wheelchair accessible.

Verbal description tours of some exhibits for visitors who are blind or have low vision are available upon request Please contact us in advance at or 802-475-2022 to request a verbal description tour. For information about accessibility at the Museum, or for assistance planning your visit, please contact or 802-475-2022.

Where to Stay

Planning a trip to the area and looking for some recommendations? Check out our Area Lodging Information page for some of our favorite campgrounds, cottages, inns, bed and breakfasts, and hotels.