About Us

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The Main Street Museum is also a gathering place and venue for people and performances that might not find a round hole in a square peg universe. The Main Stage at the Museum features a newly restored player piano and the sound and lights are maintained by local volunteers. We highlight local musicians, authors and artists. Our deck looks over the (usually) agreeable waters of the White River and our bonfire site; the scene of our sing-alongs, Hootenanny's, Russian Festival and annual Tree Burn. Funding for the Main Street Museum is primarily from your individual donations and the fees we charge when people rent the Museum for events. It is our goal to NEVER have to charge for people to view the Museum. We have been and always will be a 'by donation' for visiting the exhibits. (People who rent the Museum for events may charge at the door). COVID has been hard on so many arts organizations. We would like to shout out to the Vermont Arts Council  and the Vermont Humanities Council for a $5000 CARES Act Cultural Relief Grant that got us ALL the way through 2020.

Our Human Policy

The Main Street Museum has a long-standing commitment to promoting equal treatment and opportunities for all, without regard to race, sex, gender, color, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other basis proscribed by law.

 

Once step further, at the Museum...

WE DENOUNCE White supremacy. It pervades our culture, institutions, and relationships. It is a self-perpetuating system that continues to fuel colonialism, exploitation, oppressions, inequities, and brutalities that people of color experience.

WE SUPPORT BLACK LIVES MATTER. We support a world where Black lives are no longer systematically targeted for demise.

WE SUPPORT OUR LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY. We recognize the full civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender/intersectional people, queer people and everyone living with HIV. 

 

Your lives matter.    Your art matters.

 

Located in central Vermont, The Main Street Museum is a small, volunteer run, non-profit, public collection of curiosities and a repository of artifacts, each one is significant. Each one tells some kind of story about human beings and the complex, sometimes baffling universe of which we are a part. 

The aim of the Museum is the study of an accumulation of small details, cultivating among both specialists, and among the general public, a sense of wonder at the big questions that arise when we study and categorize objects and our reactions to them. We believe that our relationships with objects are more complex than usually acknowledged—indeed sometimes far more complex.

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Our Animal Policy

In regard to our taxidermy; The Main Street Museum is home to hundreds of items of taxidermy. 

The Museum did not commission the killing or stuffing or needle stabbing of ANY LIVE ANIMALS or INSECTS. All items on display were rescued from junk yards, science museum discards or yes, you guessed it....roadkill.

Pets are permitted at the Museum. Please keep them leashed and under your control at all times.

We have 2 resident dogs, the World Famous Rat Terriers, Belka & Strelka. Chances are they will greet you very vocally. 

Want to VOLUNTEER? we have so many fun and exciting projects going all the time. Lots of opportunity to learn, help and fulfill those pesky mandatory hours. Email us at info@mainstreetmuseum.org

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Be Like Chico...Volunteer!