Indoor Exhibits are Re-Opening in July!

We are very excited to announce that we are re-opening select indoor exhibit buildings starting this Friday, July 2! Just in time for Independence Day weekend, the exhibit Key to Liberty: The American Revolution on Lake Champlain will be open to visitors along with two other important indoor exhibits for the rest of the 2021 season. Learn about how Lake Champlain was involved in the Revolutionary War and our nation’s independence, explore Abenaki art and culture, walk through the evolution of small boats in the Champlain Valley, and more. Starting on Friday, visitors will be able to step inside and explore the following indoor exhibits :

  • Key to Liberty: The American Revolution on Lake Champlain, explores local connections to our nation’s fight for independence and how a naval battle on Lake Champlain changed the outcome of the Revolutionary War.
  • Nebizun: Water is Life, located in the museum’s historic schoolhouse building, is an exhibit by the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association which brings together works by Abenaki artists and artisans of the Champlain Valley to illustrate the Abenaki relationship to water and its importance to the health of the world. 
  • Hazelett Small Watercraft Center, a two-story exhibit space, presents the history of small human-powered watercraft on Lake Champlain, including the towering Storm King ice yacht.

In addition, the Museum Store is holding an epic book sale over the holiday weekend in the museum store featuring a unique assortment of collector and history books for those interested in our maritime and regional history.

As always, our outdoor exhibits are open every day and the replica Revolutionary War gunboat Philadelphia II is on display on the hard on the Museum Green. The museum’s replica canal schooner Lois McClure will be open to visitors on Friday and Saturday, weather permitting. Plan your weekend trip to the museum and check out which exhibits are open: We hope to see you soon!