Shelburne Museum is holds a notable collection of American folk art and quilts. The Museum is also home to holdings of decorative arts, design, decoys, and carriages. The paintings collection includes French Impressionists as well as more than 400 18th- to 20th-century American works.

Notable in the American collection are the Hudson River School landscapes, Luminist seascapes, portraits, still-lifes, and genre scenes. Artists include Thomas Cole, Kensett, Bierstadt, Heade, Fitz Hugh Lane, John Singleton Copley, William Merritt Chase, Winslow Homer, and Eastman Johnson.   20th-century paintings include work by Grandma Moses, Carl Rungius, and Andrew Wyeth, plus 600 pictures by landscape and sporting artist Ogden Pleissner, about 40 of which are on rotating exhibition along with the artist’s Manchester, VT studio.

Exhibitions & Dates

  • Puppets: World on a String

    Feb 17 2018 - Jun 3 2018

    Celebrates the wonder of puppets and ways puppet theater inhabits worlds both real and imagined

  • In the Garden

    Mar 17 2018 - Aug 26 2018

    Explores the ways flowers and bugs have captivated artists’ imaginations over the last five centuries

  • Playing Cowboy: America's Wild West Shows

    Jun 23 2018 - Oct 21 2018

    Posters and film explore the influence performance had on our understanding of the West

  • Crystal Cawley

    May 1 2018 - Oct 31 2018

    Combines traditional handiwork with the possibility of paper and fabric sculpture

  • Bench Space

    May 1 2018 - Oct 31 2018

    5 innovative artists work create resting places along the museum's multiple pathways