Changing exhibits in Cerf Gallery

Changing exhibits in Cerf Gallery


The Sheldon Museum features its permanent collection of 19th and 20th century Vermont furniture, paintings, and household objects exhibited in the elegant Federal house built in 1829 by marble merchants Eben Judd and Lebbeus Harris. Changing special exhibits are on view in the Cerf Gallery.

Walter Cerf Gallery

Built in 1991 through the generosity of art dealer and philanthropist Walter Cerf, the Cerf Gallery has become a hub of public activity at the Museum. A varied exhibition schedule features both historically-themed exhibits and artworks by contemporary Vermont artists and craftspeople. Recent exhibits highlighted the history of Addison County Fair and Field Days, changes in the Vermont landscape in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Vermont’s role in the Civil War, and leisure life in 19th century Vermont.

The Gallery also serves as a public venue for gallery talks, school programs and special events.

Current Exhibit

Windmill Blades Log Cabin Quilt detail, c 1870-1899

Circling the Sheldon

March 1, 2014 – April 19, 2014

This exhibit takes a look at objects in the Sheldon’s collection that feature circles.

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Tulip Garden cropped

Colorful Quilts

March 28, 2014 – April 19, 2014

  Come to the Sheldon to see five colorful historic quilts from the museum’s permanent collection. They will be on view through Saturday, April 19, 2014. The quilts gracing the ...

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Upcoming Exhibit

The Grange, Codman Estate, Lincoln, MA, 1898. Watercolor by Sara Fletcher Bradlee Codman (1842-1922)

Lost Gardens of New England

May 6, 2014 – August 10, 2014

Lost Gardens of New England invites you to consider the region’s rich heritage of garden design.

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Recent Exhibits

Purple silk skirt and bodice, circa 1880, collection of Henry Sheldon Museum with Owl's head, white backgroundWendy Copp corner cropped

Fashion & Fantasy at the Edge of the Forest

August 20, 2013 – January 4, 2014

The Sheldon Museum’s fall 2013 exhibit is “Fashion & Fantasy,” introducing selections from the museum’s vintage clothing collection paired with the unique, stunning, and imaginative couture creations from nature by South Burlington artist Wendy Copp. Due to public demand, the exhibit has been extended through Saturday, January 4, 2014.

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From the Collection of the Henry Sheldon Museum

From Dairy to Doorstep

May 10, 2013 – August 4, 2013

The Sheldon Museum, in partnership with Historic New England, presents “From Dairy to Doorstep: Milk Delivery in New England,” an entertaining, special exhibit that chronicles over 200 years of dairy history from the family farm through the heyday of home delivery by milkmen. The exhibit features seldom seen historic photographs, advertisements, ephemera, and artifacts provided by Historic New England, the Sheldon, Monument Farms Dairy, and a local collector.

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1877 patented  Penny-farthing, high wheel  bicycle by the Pope Manufacturing Company. Collection of Henry Sheldon Museum

Treasures From the Sheldon

March 9, 2013 – April 20, 2013

The staff of the Sheldon is pleased to present a spring exhibit representing a sampling of the historic, sensational, unusual, and some provocative, works from the Museum’s collection and archives.

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