Museums in the Upper Valley

  • The high school ecology class walks to the garden at the Enfield Shaker Museum in Enfield, N.H., to get a closer look at garden plants and soil during the camp on July 6, 2016. (Valley News- Sarah Priestap)Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

American Precision Museum in Windsor:Open daily May 27-Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Current exhibits include “The Tool Revolution,” “Arming the Union” and “Consumer Culture and Industrial Might.” $5-$8, families $20, children under 6 free. 196 Main St. 802-674-5781 or americanprecision.org.

Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock: Open daily April 1-Oct. 31, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Open weekends November-April, 20 a.m.-4 p.m. Working dairy farm, exhibits and activities that explore Vermont’s rural heritage. $4 to $15, 2 and under free. 69 Old River Road. 802-457-2355 or billingsfarm.org.

Bradford, Vt., Historical Museum: Fridays May-October 10 a.m.-noon, or by appointment. New exhibit centers on World War I. Free. 172 N. Main St. 802-222-4423 or 802-222-9621.

Bridgewater Historical Society Museum: Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Memorial Day through Columbus Day, or by appointment. Current exhibit is “DeAlgeroy Thompson and the Vermont Sharpshooters.” Includes collection of artifacts, maps, photographs and data on area gold mines and mills and the Civil War. Free. 12 N. Bridgewater Road. 802-672-1521 or bridgewaterhistory.org.

Enfield Shaker Museum: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m., May-Dec, 23, General admission includes an introductory video program, guided tours, exhibits and craft demonstrations, and access to other historic buildings, the herb, production and community gardens, and the Feast Grounds. $3-$12, 5 and under free. 447 Route 4A. 603-632-4346 or shakermuseum.org.

Fort at No. 4 in Charlestown: Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., through Nov. 5. Tours and re-enactments at the historic fort that played a role in the French and Indian War. $6-$10, children 5 and under free. 267 Springfield Road. 603-826-5700 or fortat4.org.

Grafton Historical Society Museum: 2-4 p.m., Sundays Memorial Day through Columbus Day. Includes artifacts from the town and surrounding areas. Free. 11 Library Road. 603-523-4569.

Hartford Historical Society Museum: Wednesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tours and exhibits about the town’s history, including the Abenaki nation. Free. Garipay House, 1461 Maple St. 802-296-3132 or hartfordhistory.org.

Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial in South Royalton: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30-7 p.m., May through October. Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1:30-5:30 p.m., November through April. Includes historic artifacts, films, sculptures, hiking paths and screenings of Meet the Mormons. Free. 357 LDS Lane. 802-763-7742.

Justin Morrill Homestead in Strafford: Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., May 27-Oct. 15. Guided tours of Gothic Revival house, artwork, formal gardens, interpretive exhibits and walking trail. $6, children 14 and under free. 214 Justin Morrill Highway. 802-828-3051 or morrillhomestead.org.

Lyme Historians Museum: Wednesdays 4-6 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m.- 1p.m. Includes exhibits and artifacts illuminating the history of Lyme and the Upper Valley. Churchill House, 15 Main St., Lyme. Free. 603-795-2508 or lymehistorians@gmail.com.

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park in Woodstock: The Carriage Barn Visitor Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Memorial Day through Oct. 31. Weekends in May, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Roads, trails and grounds open year-round. Trails, gardens and a mansion at Vermont’s only national park. $4 or $8, 15 and under free. with guided tours of the mansion and grounds available. 54 Elm St. nps.gov/mabi or 802-457-3368.

Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich: Open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Activities include air and weather; creatures; light and sight; native plants and the environment; puzzles, shapes, and things that move; and sounds and hearing. Featured exhibits include “Making Music: The Sound of Musical Instruments” and “Ripple Effect.” $12-$15. Summer admission, $14,$17, June 19-Labor Day. Children under 2 free. Montshire Museum of Science, One Montshire Road. www.montshire.org. 802-649-2200.

Newport Historical Museum: Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and by appointment. Current display includes “Billie B. Van, Newport’s Sunshine Town Mayor-by-Affection, Vaudevillian, Entrepreneur, Good-Will Ambassador. Free. 20 Central St. 603-863-1294 or newportnhhistory.org.

Norwich Historical Society: Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. year-round; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon, from June through October, or by appointment. Featured exhibit is “Mad for Mid-Century Modern: A New Architectural Style Comes to Norwich.” Free. 277 Main St. 802-649-0124 or norwichvthistoricalsociety.org.

Old Constitution House in Windsor: Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday holidays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., May 27 through Oct. 15. Restored tavern where the Vermont Constitution was signed in 1777. $3, 14 and under free. 16 N. Main St. 802-672-3773 or http://historicsites.vermont.gov/directory/old_constitution.

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish: Open daily through October, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. New Hampshire’s only national park features sculpture exhibits, tours of the home, gardens, trails, summer concerts and events. $10, 15 and under free. 139 Saint Gaudens Road. 603-675-2175 or nps.gov/saga.

Springfield Art and Historical Society: Saturdays, 1-4 p.m., or by appointment. Includes displays and exhibits about the town’s history, monthly programs, and items and documents available for viewing and research. 65 Route 106, North Springfield, Vt. Free. 802-886-8430 or sahs@vermontel.net.

Town Hall Heritage Center in Orford: Wednesday, 4:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., open mid-May through mid-October. Current exhibit is “Made by Loving Hands: Vintage Textiles.” 2528 Route 25A. Free. 603-353-9307.

Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee: Open daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Nov. 1 through April 13; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., April 14 through Oct. 31. Exhibits, scavenger hunts and trails. Activities include live raptor programs, turtle time and raptor feeding time. 6565 Woodstock Road. $12.50-$14.50; free for children 3 and under. 802-359-5000 or vinsweb.org.

Webster Cottage Museum in Hanover: Wednesday and Saturday, 2:30-4:30 p.m., May 31 through mid-October. Local furnishings, photographs and artifacts, many related to Daniel Webster, a resident of the house while he was a Dartmouth College student. Free. 32 N. Main St. 603-643-6529

Woodstock History Center: Wednesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., May 31 through Oct. 16. Guided museum tours available. Current exhibit is “The History of the Green: Woodstock’s Central Park.” A special tour is available for children. Gift shop, gardens, research library and grounds. Free. 26 Elm St. 802-457-1822 or woodstockhistorycenter.org.

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