Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is open for the 2021 season! The Museum will be open daily 10 am – 4 pm from May 22 to October 17. Plan your visit at Admission to the Museum is free for all visitors. Check in at the Hoehl Visitor Center when you arrive and then start exploring. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum tells the stories of the Champlain Valley for all visitors to look to the past and see what is possible for the future. Eliminating admission fees ensures that this history, the lake, and the Museum are available to all residents and visitors to the region. While indoor exhibits will remain temporarily closed, the outside exhibits are open to explore. Check out what is open at

Featured exhibits this season include:

  • The Noble Failure: Prohibition in the Champlain Valley, a new outside exhibit exploring the complex relationship between government and individuals and changing attitudes about alcohol consumption over time.
  • Lake Health vs. Lake Threats, a new outside display examining the natural and man-made threats to the lake and how to keep our watershed healthy.
  • Women at the Helm, a display featuring women leaders of the Champlain Valley from the 1700s to today.
  • Women’s VOTE Centennial, an outside display celebrating the anniversary of the 19th Amendment and working toward a future of equity, respect and justice for all.
  • The replica canal schooner Lois McClure docked in the Museum’s North Harbor, open from Thursdays through Sundays with conditions permitting.
  • The replica Revolutionary War gunboat Philadelphia II on display on the Museum’s green.
  • Historic maritime artifacts around the Museum’s 3-acre campus.
  • A new kids’ space in the Museum’s historic camp cabin, The Roost.

Leashed, friendly dogs are welcome! Please help keep campus clean for all visitors and pick up after your dog. Picnics are encouraged! Bring your own or pick up a take-out lunch at Basin Harbor’s Red Mill Restaurant (a five-minute walk from the Museum) and sit down at one of the Museum’s many picnic tables and benches around campus. Small snacks and beverages are available for purchase at the Museum Store.

The Museum’s 2021 Season and free admission are made possible with support from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership, Lake Champlain Basin Program, and the Museum’s members, donors, and corporate sponsors.

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4472 Basin Harbor Rd
Vergennes VT, 05491