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.
Thursdays & Fridays: 10 AM - 4 PM (year around)
Saturdays: 10 AM - 4 PM (June through September)
The museum will be closed on the days the WNESU schools are closed for inclement weather.
Special hours: On Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 & 2 the Museum will be open for Christmas in Grafton. Stop by and receive 10% off in our gift shop and free nature-based crafts to create on both days.
Please note: We will be closed on Thursday, November 29th from 10am-12pm for a staff retreat. We will also be closed Thursday and Friday, December 27th and 28th.
Admission to the museum is by donation.
Please contact us if you'd like to schedule a visit during a different time; we will try to accommodate you.
186 Townshend Road
Grafton, Vermont, 05146
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. 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.
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 2017, 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.