Arts & Culture

Art in VT

Creativity thrives in the Northeast Kingdom.

Open land, stunning views, and a slower pace of life allow for free expression and endless inspiration. No matter where you choose to explore, every corner of the Northeast Kingdom is rich with arts and cultural experiences. Spend a rainy day exploring the Fairbanks Museum or dance the night away during a performance at Highland Center for the Arts. Have a larger-than-life experience at the Bread and Puppet Museum or get back to the basics with a visit to the Museum of Everyday Life.


Catamount Arts – St. Johnsbury, VT

Catamount Arts offers foreign, independent, and classic films as well as local and regional art exhibitions, live performances, and children’s programming.

Fairbanks Museum & PlanetariumSt. Johnsbury, VT

A visit to the Fairbanks Museum inspires wonder and curiosity about our natural world. Explore an eclectic collection of animals and artifacts, shells and fossils, meteorites and meteorology, plus much more! Home to the SunCommon Eye on the Sky Weather Center and the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, Vermont’s only public planetarium.

Dog Mountain – St. Johnsbury, VT

Fun for you and the pup! Set on 150 acres of private mountaintop land, Dog Mountain is home to the Stephen Huneck Art Gallery, year-round hiking trails, a dog pond, and the infamous Dog Chapel. Visit their website for a schedule of ongoing summer events.

St. Johnsbury AthenaeumSt. Johnsbury, VT

There’s much to see at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, founded in 1871 and designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1998. Explore the art gallery, library, or attend an event. The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum also contains the oldest unaltered art gallery in the United States which displays Albert Bierstadt’s masterpiece, “The Domes of Yosemite.”

St. Johnsbury History & Heritage Museum St. Johnsbury, VT

Discover the history of St. Johnsbury. Explore collections and programs that interpret the town’s 300+ years of history and tradition.

Backroom Gallery at Artisan GuildSt. Johnsbury, VT

See Vermont’s talented artists at work at the Backroom Gallery. Shop and explore special exhibitions, attend an opening reception, and celebrate Vermont’s creativity.

The Golden GallerySt. Johnsbury, VT

Peruse works by prolific local painter Larry Golden at his art gallery and workshop.

Satellite Gallery & Community Space – Lyndonville, VT

Opened 2019 with the help from a KTA Community grant and support from NVU-Lyndon, the Satellite Gallery was designed as a community and event space that would enhance the creative economy of the NEK and provide some artistic projects to benefit all. Stop in for it’s monthly shows to see what it’s all about.


Bread and Puppet Museum & TheatreGlover, VT

Founded in 1962, Bread and Puppet is one of the oldest nonprofit, political theatre companies in the US. Founder Peter Shumann has brought his larger-than-life collection to the Northeast Kingdom, where you can explore for free. Step into history and a 140-year-old barn filled with puppets, masks, and more. Make sure to check out their summer show schedule!|

Highland Center for the ArtsGreensboro, VT

The Highland Center for the Arts offers a year-round schedule of performances, including dance, theater, and music, as well as an art gallery featuring local and regional artists and Cafe.

Old Stone House Museum & Historic VillageBrownington, VT

Explore the history of Northern Vermont at the Old Stone House Museum & Historic Village. Browse collections and exhibits with more than 75,000 objects and artifacts or attend an event or educational program. Popular stops while visiting include Vermont’s African American Heritage Trail

The Museum of Everyday LifeGlover, VT

This self-service museum is an ongoing revolutionary experience, which celebrates the mundane and mysterious delights of the world. It’s a place to spark creativity, conversation, and curiosity!


Memphremagog Arts CollaborativeNewport, VT

The Memphremagog Arts Collaborative exists to nurture the community’s understanding, appreciation and support of the arts, cultural heritage, and humanities.

The MAC Center for the Arts Gallery is host to 40+ local VT artists and handcrafting members and hosts various events, workshops, lectures, and classes.

Derby Historical SocietyDerby, VT

The Derby Historical Society brings together people interested in Derby history. The society collects, preserves, and displays material to illustrate the history of the town. The Derby Historical Society Museum is housed in the old 1840 Derby Academy building. Its aim is to be accessible to all who wish to examine, study, and preserve it.  Open Sundays 2:00-4:00 PM or by appointment.  Admission is by donation.