A few weeks before my birthday, I mentioned to my boyfriend that we hadn’t yet made plans for that day. He suggested that we head to Burlington Vermont to eat at IHOP. Because it’s the closest IHOP to us. It’s silly but I love IHOP pancakes, and even more the sirups to put on top.
Somehow we didn’t think a 4 hours round trip just to eat pancakes was a good idea so I dug around on the internet to find what we should do afterwards. That’s how I came upon the Shelburne Museum. Now I had been there on a school trip when I was in 7th grade. That was a long time ago and in my mind it was like Village Québécois d’Antan, but with a ship, I remembered being very awed by the Impressionist paintings. Sylvain was not impressed by my description but he agreed to come.
We left super early to beat the traffic at the border (it didn’t really work) and drove straight to IHOP to fill up on pancakes. And it’s a good thing too because Shelburne Museum is BIG, we did quite a bit of walking.
The first thing we saw was the round barn, inside we found a collection of ancient snowmobiles.
The next stop was the circus building, it’s really a long horseshoe-shaped building containing carousel animals, maquettes of circus parades and antique circus posters, bragging about skeleton man and the bearded lady.
We went on to visit the Ticonderoga, a ferry that used to take civilians and soldiers across Lake Champlain. I’m not sure how long it took, but it did have overnight lodging.
We also saw some fairly creepy medical tools in a building nearby.
We also spent a little time in prison.
We visited a house with hand painted wallpaper (I’m not sure why they don’t just handpaint the walls) and the creepiest collection of vintage dolls and automata I have ever seen. I’d never go there at night.
We also saw beautiful quilts, in addition to the normal quilt exhibition, there was one about quilts made by men.
An old settler’s farm and the farmhouse were moved to the Shelburne grounds.
We also saw impressionist paintings, a smokehouse, an old print shop, some weaving looms, steam trains, a light house, dozens of sleighs and carriages, antiques cars and last but not least…
Turns out there is a steampunk exhibition at Shelburne this summer along with some robots and space age toys , so we met Darth Vader, some rayguns, some very strange devices, a space age trike from Japan and astronaut posters.
So if you ever end up in Vermont, I encourage you to visit the Shelburne Museum, we had a great time.