The Sheldon Museum by Arthur K. D. Healy, ca. 1950

The Sheldon Museum by Arthur K. D. Healy, ca. 1950


The Sheldon Museum, the oldest community-based Museum in the country, has welcomed visitors and researchers since 1882. In 2015, the Sheldon Museum announced a two-year alliance with Historic New England. To learn more about Historic New England and the alliance, follow the links on the next page. Our mission is to serve the public by preserving the historic memory of Addison County and neighboring communities, heightening the awareness and enjoyment of our rich cultural legacy, and stimulating the study of connections between Vermont’s past and broader historical themes. We offer lively tours, exhibits, and programs to enrich the understanding of Vermont’s past in each of the three main areas of the Museum:

  • The Judd-Harris House, built in 1829, showcases a wealth of objects depicting small town life in nineteenth century Vermont
  • The Stewart-Swift Research Center houses one of the state’s premier archival collections, documenting the history of Middlebury, Addison County, and Vermont
  • The Walter Cerf Gallery hosts changing exhibits throughout the year

The Museum also has an Education Program offering on-site and outreach programs using reproductions of maps, documents, and artifacts from the Museum collections. Public programs at the Sheldon Museum include a popular Holiday Open House, an outdoor Pops Concert in the summer, and many other events throughout the year. View Programs & Events for a full list of upcoming Museum programs.

To learn more about Historic New England, click here. For more information about the Sheldon Museum’s alliance with Historic New England, click here.