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Southern Vermont Natural History Museum

7599 VT Route 9 West Marlboro, Dover, VT 05363
+1 802-464-0048
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Not what I expected but I learned a bit and had fun

Definitely not a modern museum, but we were able to see close up birds that we had seen from a... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2017
Mike L
A Fun Museum

We've stopped here before for the gift shop for the view and purchase of some cheese and local... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2017
Bob C
Albany, New York
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Museum devoted to Southern Vermont's wildlife.
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good25%
  • Average17%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible7%
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“gift shop” (5 reviews)
“raptors” (3 reviews)
“wild” (4 reviews)
7599 VT Route 9 West Marlboro, Dover, VT 05363

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Reviewed 18 June 2017

Definitely not a modern museum, but we were able to see close up birds that we had seen from a distance in the wild and the exhibits provide quite of bit of information. For $5 it didn't kill the budget. The live birds were neat...More

Thank Mike L
Reviewed 17 April 2017

We've stopped here before for the gift shop for the view and purchase of some cheese and local liquor. Our last trip here we were looking for the museum but didn't realize until yesterday access to the museum is from inside the gift shop. We...More

Thank Bob C
Reviewed 25 September 2016

We didn't expect much, but we had a great time! Mainly stuffed birds and some good animal mounts. The live birds were wonderful. The staff was friendly and willing to talk to us about the birds.

Thank Edith S
Reviewed 28 July 2016

We stopped here for the gift shop and all the goodies there...fudge, cheeses, local liquors, and the like. We had to really look for the entrance to the museum. When we went to the front door of the museum, it said to enter through the...More

Reviewed 25 July 2016

This museum, which is really an adjunct to a gift shop, was a real disappointment. It offers a large assortment of (dead) stuffed animals native to New England in glass cases spread over three or four rather dimly lit rooms. There are also a few...More

1  Thank BK1822
Reviewed 8 May 2016

This place is about fifteen times bigger than it appears! What looks like a quaint, 900 square foot building on the side of the road actually sprawls for multiple levels built into the lower hillside. Their collection of specimens is diverse, plentiful, and historic. The...More

Thank jemarae
Reviewed 21 October 2015

This is a museum for those who want to think about and observe natural history specimens in a traditional museum setting. The bonus is the collection of live birds in protective care that reside in attached aviaries. This is not a place for overactive kids...More

2  Thank Eric C
Reviewed 7 October 2015

This is a combination attraction with the Hogback Mountain viewing platform, gift shop, and museum. Museum is small, but has an impressive collection of taxidermied animals collected during the early-mid 20th century. There are lovely views from the museum windows. Be sure to go downstairs...More

2  Thank Caoimhe317
Reviewed 23 August 2015 via mobile

This is one of those flashbacks to the 50s style museum filled with taxidermied animals in glass cases. Most pieces predate 1950 and that alone is fascinating as we can see how museums of the mid 20th century operated. However, if you are looking for...More

Thank Aussiesinmaine
Reviewed 20 August 2015 via mobile

This is a really nice family activity in the Dover/Wilmington area. Beautiful view of the valley and New Hampshire. Museum is tiny but fun for the kids. There are some raptors including a bald eagle and many owls. In decent weather, go for a hike...More

2  Thank Karen S
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