Impressionist paintings, folk art, quilts and textiles, decorative arts, furniture, American paintings, and a dazzling array of 17th-to 20th-century artifacts are on view. Shelburne is home to the finest museum collections of 19th-century American folk art, quilts, 19th- and 20th-century decoys, and carriages.
The 39 galleries, historic houses, and community buildings that house the Museum’s collections are themselves a collection spanning 300 years of architecture. They include houses, barns, a lighthouse, a schoolhouse, a jailhouse, a general store, and the National Historic Landmark steamboat Ticonderoga.
At nearly every stop in the museum, we were taken by surprise by the hidden gems in this low key, unpretentious museum. In the memorial house of Electra Havenmayer Webb, the founder of the museum, there were multiple pieces of fine art including several Monet's, Manet's, Degas', and pieces by Tiffany Co.