This summer, I visited what I consider as the city of free museums, so there is still plenty of material to write about, but the “first” post will be about a museum from last year because it’s the first museum I visited that made me want to start a blog. So without further ramblings, let’s start…
I believe the admission was anywhere between $5-9. It’s located in a more remote area, but you can’t miss it, since the road is just to the right of the museum (not seen in the picture).
My fellow travelers and I arrived very early, before they opened (around 10am). They have a nice trail to the left of the building, and one across the road. Since we had a little time, we followed the path on the left and found a small creek near the beginning, and that was about as far as we got when the museum opened.
We were greeted by the nice assistants who operated the museum and then shown a video in regards to the museum and its founder. After the video, an assistant gave us this pen-like bar code scanner, which if used properly, will play a recording of the bird’s call for many of the displays on the first floor. We were then free to roam around the two floors.
Every single one of the birds on display are carvings done by the museum founder! I was (and still am) super amazed by how life like, and detailed the carvings are. The first floor had two display areas, one of birds near water (as pictured above) and the other was of birds on tree branches. In addition, there was a small bird viewing area on the first floor. I’m not an avid watcher of birds, so I have no idea what birds are what birds, and which belonged to Vermont, and which don’t, but the birds were all beautifully crafted. The color, the texture, the attention to detail, that’s some dedication that I wish I have.
On the second floor, we have dioramas of the bird carvings, (see above left). I really like the displays on the second floor; the attention to detail for the birds, the habitats and the lighting made everything really pretty, it’s a must see in my opinion. They are something that you may encounter in the natural world, something that can be seen in photographs, but this time it’s captured in carvings (almost like a 3-d picture). Also on the second floor was the founder’s workshop; displays of the tools, materials and the overall process to make the life-like birds we see in the museum.
All in all, me and my fellow travelers really liked the Birds of Vermont Museum, none of us are bird enthusiast, but we had a really good time there. (I believe it was our favorite destination of all the places we visited in Vermont, only a few, and this was the only museum) The place was clean, not crowded, and relatively inexpensive, so bring your friends and family to experience the Birds of Vermont Museum. There’s definitely something for everyone there, not just the bird enthusiasts!