Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Re-Opening on May 22 with Free Admission 

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is re-opening to the public this Saturday, May 22 with free admission for all visitors. The Museum will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with all outside exhibits from May 22 to Oct. 17. Indoor galleries and exhibits will remain closed temporarily. Some exciting highlights for the Museum’s 2021 season include:

  • The Noble Failure: Prohibition in the Champlain Valley, a new outside exhibit exploring the complex relationship between government and individuals and changing attitudes about alcohol consumption over time.
  • Lake Health vs. Lake Threats, a new outside display examining the natural and man-made threats to the lake and how to keep our watershed healthy. 
  • Women at the Helm, a display featuring women leaders of the Champlain Valley from the 1700s to today.
  • The replica canal schooner Lois McClure docked at the Museum and open for visitors every Thursday-Saturday, conditions permitting.
  • The replica Revolutionary War gunboat Philadelphia II on display on the Museum’s green.
  • Historic maritime artifacts around the Museum’s 3-acre campus.

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum tells the stories of the Champlain Valley for all visitors to look to the past and see what is possible for the future. Eliminating admission fees ensures that this history, the lake, and the Museum are available to all residents and visitors to the region. Visitors can plan their trip to the Museum and check out which exhibits are open at

The 2021 season and free admission are made possible with support from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership, Lake Champlain Basin Program, and the Museum’s members, donors, and corporate sponsors. The museum will share regular updates on exhibits and season events on the website and social media.