Opening Day at Shelburne Museum After Historic Year

By Steph Machado

Published 05/11 2014 06:23PM

Updated 05/11 2014 07:10PM

SHELBURNE, Vt. - For the first time this season, the picturesque grounds of Shelburne museum were open--right in time for Mother's Day.

"It's traditional for Shelburne Museum to open up for the spring and summer on Mother's Day," said Jeff Bundy, Director of Development for the museum.

While a fancy tea party topped the list of activities, a more unconventional Mother's Day brunch was also on the menu: bugs.

"Pretty much meat," said one brave girl about the flavor of the cricket she was eating.

That's right, a cricket. Rachael Young with "Eat Yummy Bugs" says the crickets and meal worms they were sampling Sunday are "super foods."

"Protein, and also fiber, and vitamins," she said, explaining the nutritional value of the bugs.

The variety is what makes Shelburne Museum a special place for Vermonters.

"I'm going to see everything!" proclaimed Eva Flint, a 6-year-old who was visiting the museum with her mom and baby brother.

"It's unlike really any museum in the country," said Bundy.

"We love to just come in the morning and hang out all's a great place for the family," said Andrea Ferree, who was enjoying the day with her daughter Ronin.

"We've done a really good job on preserving not only the history of Vermont but the history of New England," explained Bundy. The iconic Ticonderga steamboat is a perfect example.

It's certainly been a banner year for the museum. The new Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education opened over the winter, turning the seasonal museum into a year-round destination. That building is currently the only exhibit open during the off-season.

"It's a really exciting time for the museum after our first winter in operation," said Bundy.

2,000 people were expected to come through on opening day of the 120,000 unique visitors expected to explore the grounds this year.

And after a long winter, a gorgeous spring day was the perfect kick-off to a time-old tradition.

"The ice has broken, the leaves are starting to come out, and Shelburne museum is open for the season," Bundy said.

Click here to see new exhibits opening this season.

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