Our History


The Nature Museum at Grafton is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that opened its doors to the public in July of 1989. The Museum is located in Grafton, Vermont, and moved to its present site in the Grafton Grange building in 1996. The space was renovated and re-opened to the public in 1999.  

The Nature Museum's collections focus on the natural history of northern New England, with exhibits on local flora, fauna, and geology. More than just a museum, The Nature Museum also offers nature, science, and environmental programs for all ages through its Nature in the Schools and Nature in the Community programs.

In recent years, the Museum's Nature in the Schools program has expanded to include not only tours for school groups and hour-long nature programs, but also long-term naturalist residencies and in-depth collaborations with teachers and administrators. The Nature Museum also has a long history of offering programs for homeschoolers.

Nature in the Community programs bring Museum educators' expertise and zeal for science and the natural world to community members of all ages, from preschoolers to adults.

The Museum is surrounded by a garden filled with native plants, a frog pond, and picnic tables. Behind the Museum are the trails of the Village Park, a wooded trail system where visitors can amble through the forest. Trail maps are available at the Museum.

During the summer months, The Nature Museum also staffs the Bellows Falls Fish Ladder Visitor Center in Bellows Falls, Vermont. The Fish Ladder Visitor Center is free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of TransCanada Corporation, owner of the fish ladder and hydroelectric facility.

Since its inception, the Museum has provided educational opportunities to people of all ages. The Museum uses its natural history collections as well as the rich natural habitats of the region to engage people in learning about our local environment. Our programs and events are designed to inspire people to safeguard our region's resources for a sustainable future.