We’re excited to welcome visitors back to the Museum in 2021!
The Museum will be open for the 2021 season from May 22–October 17. We have all new and revamped outside exhibits around our 3-acre campus for visitors who would like to enjoy an open-air museum experience and we will be opening select indoor exhibits starting in July. Keep track of what is open on our exhibits page. In addition, the replica schooner Lois McClure will be docked at the Museum this year and open on Thursdays–Saturdays, weather permitting, and the replica Revolutionary War gunboat, Philadelphia II, is “on the hard” on the Museum Green for up-close exploration.
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
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day.
Check out what exhibits are open →
Lois McClure Hours
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (starting June 3, 2021).
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:
- Check-in: Upon arrival to the Museum, visitors are required to check-in at the Hoehl Family Visitor and Education Center before starting their visit.
- Masks: All visitors over the age of two must wear a mask, covering the nose and mouth, while in indoor spaces, including the Hoehl Family Visitor and indoor exhibition spaces.
- Respect other visitors and please give adequate space to other visitors and groups.
- Stay home if you’re sick: If you’re experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19/feeling unwell in anyway, please stay home and visit the Museum another day.
*We will update these protocols regularly to be in line with the current guidelines. Review the Museum’s complete COVID-19 Safety Protocols here.
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. The Museum originally opened in 1985 and we have both historic and contemporary buildings on our grounds, all of which have an accessible entrance at grade level or with ramps. 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 select exhibits for visitors who are blind or have low vision are available upon request. For information about accessibility or accommodation requests during your visit at the Museum, please contact our Director of Programs and Visitor Experience, Katharine Noiva, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-475-2022 ext 109. Increasing the Museum’s accessibility for our visitors is an ongoing process and we welcome your feedback.
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.