Exhibits & Collections

Special Exhibits, 2019

Steamboats of Lake Champlain: Meet Jahaziel Sherman, 19th century Lake Champlain steamboat pioneer, and his wife Harriet Daggett Sherman and learn more about the innovations in steamboat technology that changed the world, and were developed right here on Lake Champlain. How do underwater archeologists locate and preserve Lake Champlain’s many shipwrecks and what their do fascinating stories reveal about the Champlain region today?

International Year of the SalmonCelebrate the International year of the Salmon on Lake Champlain! Atlantic salmon were an important species in the lake until they were driven away in the mid-1800s. Now, after 150 years, salmon are once again living naturally in Lake Champlain.  Come learn about the great effort it has taken to bring them back to these waters once again and they ways in which we call all contribute to their conservation.

image of re-enactor with kids in the Key To Liberty exhibit


There are more than a dozen exhibit buildings on our campus. The maritime history and nautical archaeology of the Champlain Valley can be experienced through hands-on interactive learning stations, video and audio displays, historical artifacts and images.

image of a painting titled Second Salvo by Robert StickerCollections

LCMM serves as a regional repository where collections that reflect the maritime heritage of the Champlain Valley are preserved, interpreted and shared. The museum’s rapidly growing permanent collection consists of some 15,000 objects, images and documents that powerfully communicate the history of Lake Champlain. Over half of the collection is shared directly with the public through the museum’s publications, exhibitions and educational materials. Other materials are retained for their importance to the museum’s work in research and documentation.

The majority of the museum’s objects, research resources, works of art, and images, have been given to LCMM, 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 and Exhibits at eloiseb@lcmm.org.