CONTINUED FROM YESTERDAY…
The collections of Shelburne Museum are well worth visiting. An adult ticket is $20.00 but with that ticket you can come back for a second day of discovery… Once you get yourself in there you won’t want to leave! Included in the ticket price, is a small train that travels around the site, for visitors should it be needed.
Each year there are new special exhibits that are on loan and presented just for that year. The last time I went, there was a huge collection of black and white photographic images on display from the estate of the famous photographer Ansel Adams. Each photo was a work of art. The technique was impeccable. It made me look at black and white quite differently after seeing the exhibit. I was really inspired.
On site there is a train, including an engine, car and caboose sitting on railway tracks. You can climb aboard and get a sense of what travelling in the past was like. The original train station is exactly like the one we had in our town when I was a kid. This brought back the memories. There are several rooms in the station full of exhibits.
There are many rooms of vintage dolls that would interest anyone. Victorian doll houses complete with everything in miniature are amazing!
Scrimshaw was a craft, made from whale bone by the sailors who could spend months or years at sea. It was a way to pass time on ship and many times, names, drawings, place names and dates were added by the artist. These items were given as a souvenir to loved ones upon returning to port. Scrimshaw is sought after by collectors and are valuable, as most of the items in all these exhibits are.
Victorian toys are in abundance at Shelburne!
Automata is a self operating machine. There are many and most are in working condition. The museum has allowed us to see some of the machines operating by having a video made of them. It shows operation from the front and then the back showing us how the gears all work. This runs continually along with the display. It is very interesting.
The owners (more tomorrow) were big game hunters back in the day when it was fashionable. These items are all kept in the Beach Lodge.
Stand next to those bears and when you see them towering over you, you will be grateful they are stuffed!
I wish I could just keep going but my photos are limited because they were taken really as a reminder to myself. I never thought they would be shared on a blog!
Tomorrow, I will continue with a surprise exhibit. So please join me once again! Thanks for stopping by……
The first two blogs can be accessed here, if you are just joining me……Thanks for stopping by!