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Exhibits

With over ten exhibition buildings on campus, as well as our waterfront, historic boats, and more, our exhibits explore key parts of Lake Champlain maritime history. Check out the campus map and use this page to keep up-to-date on which exhibits are currently open. Self-guided tours are coming soon! Want to explore exhibits online? Visit our Digital Exhibits library.

Exhibits currently open:

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Women at the Helm

An outside exhibit celebrating women leaders of the Champlain Valley from the 18th century to today. On display at the Courtyard Outdoor Galley and also available as an online exhibit.

Maritime History Around Campus

Take a walk around our 3-acre campus and keep an eye out to discover unique maritime objects and landmarks from Lake Champlain including a light tower and the replica Revolutionary War gunboat, Philadelphia II.

Prohibition in the Champlain Valley

Explore the complex relationship between government, society, and individuals over time during the era of Prohibition. On display at the Lakeside Outdoor Gallery and also available as an online exhibit.

Lake Health

How can we keep Lake Champlain healthy? Dig deeper into environmental and man-made threats to the lake and what actions we can take to make a difference. On display at North Harbor.

Exterior view of the Roost cabin
The Roost

Step back in time and learn about this Adirondack cabin.


Exhibits currently closed:

The Canal Schooner Lois McClure

A full-scale replica of an 1862-class sailing canal boat. The Lois McClure will be open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, conditions permitting, starting on June 3, 2021. Learn more about the canal schooner here.

Painting of a water scene
Nebizun: Water is Life

This exhibit by the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association brings together works by Abenaki artists and artisans of the Champlain Valley that illustrate the Abenaki relationship to water and its importance to the health of the world.

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Hazelett Small Watercraft Center

Explore the history of small human-powered watercraft on Lake Champlain, featuring the towering Storm King ice yacht.

Model boat in an exhibit
Key to Liberty: The American Revolution in the Champlain Valley

Discover how a naval battle on Lake Champlain changed the outcome of the Revolutionary War.

Boats inside an exhibit building
Steam to Gasoline

Travel from the steamboat era on Lake Champlain through the evolution of the outboard motor, and usher in the automobile era with the 1929 Lake Champlain Bridge.

Woman wearing an antique diving helmet
Nautical Archaeology Center and Conservation Lab

Dive into stories from some of Lake Champlain’s shipwrecks and meet an underwater archaeologist to learn how we decipher a wreck and preserve the boats and artifacts for future generations.

Ship model
Model Gallery

Take a close-up look at scale models of ships and related artifacts to better understand the evolution of boat building in the Champlain Valley over time.

The majority of the museum’s objects, research resources, works of art, and images that you will see on display and that are in our collections storage, have been given to the Museum, often after passing through several generations of local families, or as gifts from people and organizations who are eager to support the museum’s work.

If you would like to donate or share an object, collection or historical image with LCMM, please contact Eloise Beil, Director of Collections at eloiseb@lcmm.org.