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The Museum site on Hogback Mountain in West Marlboro has been closed.

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enclosure progress

a letter from the executive director

Outdoor explorations near the Museum
Seeing a Barred Owl is always a delight!
cedar the eastern screech owl
wood duck exhibit
Humphrey the box turtle
Some of the Museum's exhibits

Dear Friends, 

As you may have heard, SVNHM’s museum building sustained serious roof and water damage this summer. Recently, we made the difficult decision to suspend public visitation to this location and search for a new site for our museum. We want you to be assured that SVNHM remains open as a nonprofit organization and will continue to provide community-based education programs and periodic public events at its Mountainside Education Center.


We are in the process of moving our offices, staff, and animals to Adams Cross Road, Marlboro, where our Mountainside Education Center is located. If you are not familiar with this property, it includes 7 acres of land and trails, a 1600-square-foot building (the site of the former Pool Learning Center), and a newly erected outdoor pavilion. The plan is to finish building enclosures and to fully relocate our people and animals by the end of October 2023. 


During this time of transition, we will be looking to make a portion of SVNHM’s extensive natural history collection available to the public through partnerships with other organizations and institutions. In doing so, we hope our collection will continue to inspire and engage–reaching audiences through special traveling exhibitions and temporary loans made from our 250+ specimen collection of birds and mammals, minerals, fossils, and other nature-related objects. 

While this interruption to our public museum programming and move from our current home does evoke some bittersweet feelings, we ultimately see this as an opportunity for positive change. This evolution as an organization will open doors and allow us to achieve new things—to act as a resource to the community in a way that is not possible at a leased location. We hope that you will join us during this time of transition at one of our many community programs and continue to support the efforts of Southern Vermont Natural History Museum at its Mountainside Education Center.  


Thank you for your continued support of Southern Vermont Natural History Museum.   

SVNHM aims to inspire stewardship and appreciation of the natural world through engaging educational experiences.

Our vision is a community committed to a life-long personal relationship with nature and environmental conservation. 


Support for SVNHM goes towards educational programs, maintenance and improvements to our facility, and care for our live animals.

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Our programs use live animals, outdoor exploration, audio-visual components, and hands-on activities to bring science and the nature

of Vermont alive!

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We host public and pop-up events throughout the year at various locations. Check out our events calendar for our current lineup.

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