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Museum Guide: Indoor Adventures 

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Interested in contemporary art? Ski fashion? How about Revolutionary War memorabilia? Check, check and check: Museums in and around Burlington have got you covered. Here are some options for whiling away the hours, rain, snow or shine.

ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

1 College St., Burlington, echovermont.org

Named for Vermont U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, this waterfront museum is devoted to the ecology, culture, history and opportunities for stewardship of Lake Champlain. Here the "sixth Great Lake" inspires fascinating educational exhibits and fun interactive activities for all ages. An aquarium houses native fish, frogs, turtles and other creatures, and a National Geographic theater screens 2D and 3D films daily. Hungry? Sit down for a healthy, locally sourced lunch at the Sugarsnap Café.

Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; closed on Christmas Eve and Day. $11.50-14.50; free for ages 2 and under.

Robert Hull Fleming Museum of Art

61 Colchester Ave., Burlington, flemingmuseum.org
click to enlarge "Untitiled (Portrait of a Young Man)" by Andy Warhol
  • "Untitiled (Portrait of a Young Man)" by Andy Warhol

The art museum of the University of Vermont, established in 1931, holds an eclectic collection of some 25,000 art and anthropological objects from around the world, with a particular focus on Vermont. In addition, the Fleming mounts nine special temporary exhibits throughout the year. These range from pop-art prints by the likes of Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Roy Lichtenstein to contemporary Tibetan artworks to pieces from the private art collections of UVM alumni.

Hours vary by season (closed mid-December through mid-January); check website for details and parking instructions. $3-5; free for ages 6 and under.

Shelburne Museum

6000 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, shelburnemuseum.org
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This utterly unique collection of art and Americana was founded in 1947 by Electra Havemeyer Webb. These days the museum consists of 38 buildings — 25 of them historic — scattered around an expansive property. Many of these are closed in winter, but visitors can glimpse midcentury prints by Josef Albers, Wassily Kandinsky, Frank Stella and others through January 22 and rock-and-roll photography starting February 7 in the year-round Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education. Return in springtime to see vast collections including quilts, folk art, impressionist paintings, duck decoys and circus artifacts.

Select buildings open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through December 31 and Wednesday through Sunday starting January 2. Closed on Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. $5-10; free for children under 5.

Vermont National Guard Library and Museum

Camp Johnson, 789 Vermont National Guard Rd., Colchester, vtguard.com/museum
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Both a memorial to Vermonters who served in the nation's armed conflicts and an educational resource for all citizens, this library and museum preserves and displays artifacts and memorabilia from every major military engagement in which Vermont has been involved. Standing and temporary exhibits include items from the Revolutionary War (honoring the history of the state's Green Mountain Boys) to the conflicts in Iraq and Iran. Items of interest range from a World War I field kitchen to an extensive collection of historic weaponry to several vintage aircraft on display outdoors.

Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Free; donations accepted.
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  • Late 1960s Bogner skiwear

Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum

1 Main St., Stowe, vtssm.com

Dedicated to collecting, preserving and celebrating Vermont's skiing and snowboarding history, this museum is located just a few miles from the prime powder of Stowe Mountain Resort. Exhibits here have run the gamut from slope fashion to ski-lift technology to the proud history of ski patrollers, and the collections hold more than 7,750 items. Beyond displays of boots and poles, there are photos and other relics from the state's ski areas of past and present, historical Vermont ski films, and a fine art collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures and other original snow-sport graphics.

Open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. $5 per person; $10 per family.

L'art contemporain vous fascine? Les tenues de ski au fil des années? Les souvenirs de la guerre d'indépendance des États-Unis? Les musées de Burlington et de la région sauront satisfaire tous vos intérêts. Voici quelques options à envisager, beau temps, mauvais temps.

ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

1 College St., Burlington, echovermont.org
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Nommé d'après le sénateur du Vermont, Patrick Leahy, ce musée au bord de l'eau se consacre à l'écologie, à la culture, à l'histoire ainsi qu'à la protection du lac Champlain. Ici, le « sixième grand lac » inspire des expositions éducatives et des activités interactives amusantes pour tous les âges. Son aquarium abrite des poissons, des grenouilles, des tortues et d'autres espèces indigènes, et sa salle de cinéma présente tous les jours des films du National Geographic en 2D et en 3D. Un petit creux? Prenez place au Sugarsnap Café pour déguster un repas sain composé d'aliments locaux.

Ouvert de 10 h à 17 h tous les jours; fermé la veille et le jour de Noël. De 11,50 $ à 14,50 $; gratuit pour les enfants de 2 ans et moins.

Robert Hull Fleming Museum of Art

61 Colchester Ave., Burlington, flemingmuseum.org
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  • "Untitiled (Portrait of a Young Man)" by Andy Warhol

Le musée d'art de l'Université du Vermont (UVM), fondé en 1931, possède une collection éclectique de quelque 25 000 œuvres d'art et objets anthropologiques provenant du monde entier; l'accent est mis aussi sur le Vermont. De plus, le Fleming présente neuf expositions temporaires spéciales pendant l'année, allant de gravures de pop art signées Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns et Roy Lichtenstein à des œuvres d'art contemporain du Tibet, en passant par des œuvres issues de collections privées d'anciens de l'UVM.

L'horaire varie selon la saison (fermé de la mi-décembre à la mi-janvier); consultez le site Web pour avoir des détails sur les visites et le stationnement. De 3 $ à 5 $; gratuit pour les enfants de 6 ans et moins.

Shelburne Museum

6000 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, shelburnemuseum.org
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Cette collection tout à fait unique d'œuvres d'art et d'objets appartenant à l'héritage culturel américain a été créée en 1947 par Electra Havemeyer Webb. De nos jours, le musée comprend 38 bâtiments — dont 25 sont historiques — disséminés dans un grand domaine. Beaucoup sont fermés l'hiver, mais jusqu'au 22 janvier, les visiteurs pourront admirer des gravures du milieu du siècle signées entre autres par Josef Albers, Wassily Kandinsky et Frank Stella, ou passer voir l'exposition de photos rock-and-roll qui se tiendra à compter du 7 février au Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, ouvert à l'année. Il faut aussi absolument revenir au printemps pour voir les vastes collections de courtepointes, d'art populaire, de toiles impressionnistes et d'objets de cirque.

Certains bâtiments sont ouverts de 10 h à 17 h tous les jours jusqu'au 31 décembre, et du mercredi au dimanche à compter du 2 janvier. Fermé à Noël, la veille du jour de l'An et le jour de l'An. De 5 $ à 10 $; gratuit pour les enfants de moins de 5 ans.

Vermont National Guard Library and Museum

Camp Johnson, 789 Vermont National Guard Rd., Colchester, vtguard.com/museum
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Dans cette bibliothèque et ce musée, à la fois monument commémoratif aux Vermontois ayant combattu dans des conflits armés et ressource d'éducation pour tous les citoyens, sont préservés et exposés des objets et des souvenirs liés à toutes les missions militaires auxquelles le Vermont a participé. Les expositions permanentes et temporaires présentent notamment des articles de la guerre d'indépendance (en hommage aux Green Mountain Boys de l'État) ainsi que des conflits en Irak et en Iran. Vous pourrez aussi voir une cuisine de campagne datant de la Première Guerre mondiale, une vaste collection d'armes historiques et plusieurs aéronefs d'époque, à l'extérieur.

Ouvert de 10 h à 16 h, du mardi au vendredi. Gratuit; les dons sont acceptés.
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  • Late 1960s Bogner skiwear

Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum

1 Main St., Stowe, vtssm.com

Ce musée, dont la vocation est de préserver et de célébrer l'histoire du ski et de la planche à neige au Vermont, est situé à quelques kilomètres seulement de la célèbre poudreuse du Stowe Mountain Resort. Les expositions organisées ici touchent à une foule de sujets, depuis les technologies de remonte-pente jusqu'à la fière histoire des pisteurs secouristes, et les collections comprennent plus de 7 750 articles. Outre les bottes, bâtons et autres accessoires de ski, vous pourrez voir des photos et des objets liés aux stations de ski d'hier et d'aujourd'hui, des films historiques sur le ski au Vermont, ainsi qu'une collection d'œuvres d'art comprenant peintures, illustrations, sculptures et autres œuvres visuelles originales axées sur les sports d'hiver.

Ouvert de midi à 17 h, du mercredi au dimanche. 5 $ par personne; 10 $ par famille.

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