Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The steamboat Ticonderoga was just one of the items on the 45 acre Shelburne Museum founded by Electra Havemeyer Webb in 1947. She was an avid collector of all types of art, but focused on folk art in America. Today the museum has a wide variety of art forms on display in over 20 historic buildings that were gathered from New England and New York. There are private homes, a school, covered bridge, general store, jail and even a lighthouse.
After Electra died, the family had a memorial house built on the museum to fulfill her wish that her impressionist paintings, furniture, and wall coverings from her 1930’s Park Ave apartment would be on display.
There is something for everyone. The guide book suggests allowing four hours. We spent four hours and really only gave everything a quick look. Your admission price allows for a two day visit. We spent more time on the things that interested us and went through some others quickly. There should be plenty for almost any interest.
The museum is well laid out and maintained with a very friendly staff.