The Nature Museum in Grafton, Vermont
Open to the public since 1989, The Nature Museum focuses on the region’s plants, animals, and geology. Hands-on exhibits, dioramas, and mounted specimens engage learners of all ages and connect visitors to the natural world in New England.
Planning Your Visit
Visitors can crawl through an underground bear den; dig for fossils; find out about bats, bees, and catamounts; and learn about animal adaptations by dressing up as their favorite creature.
Outdoors, wander in our wildlife garden and catch a glimpse of passing butterflies and our resident honeybees out collecting nectar.
Take a hike through the maple, oak, beech, and birch forest in the Village Park behind the Museum. Visit "the cave," a historic rock structure created in the early 1900s. The three Village Park trails offer easy to moderate hiking. There are picnic tables in the Museum's backyard as well as several picnic areas and gazebos along the Village Park trails.
Special Events, Camps, & Workshops
Please be sure to check out our event calendar for the latest happenings at the museum. We host programs for both adults and children not only at the museum, but elsewhere throughout the Southern Vermont community. In 2016, we popped into several libraries to offer exciting children's nature programs. We also hosted several talks for adults with leading wildlife experts at the NewsBank Conference Center in Chester. To stay in the know, sign up for our newsletter!
Other Grafton Attractions
Nestled in the mountains of southern Vermont, Grafton is one of New England’s prettiest villages. Many of its beautiful and historic buildings have been restored by its residents and by the Windham Foundation, so the town today looks much as it did years ago.
Visit the town of Grafton's website to find out about the many local options for lodging, dining, shopping, events, and activities. If you're planning a trip around the state, check out VermontVacation.com, the State of Vermont's tourism site.