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Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Open daily 10am to 5pm: May 31, 2014 to October 12, 2014

Pre-Season Programs 2014

Whale Days Programs

available through May 9, 2014

Whale Days

(by reservation, available through May 9, 2014) Go behind the scenes in LCMM's Boatshop where Museum staff, volunteers, and staff are building a whaleboat for Mystic Seaport's whaleship Charles W. Morgan. Plunge into the dramatic history of whaling, discover how whaleboats are made, connect the Champlain Valley to America's maritime past, and recent efforts to help ensure the survival of the world's marine mammal.
2-hour program for groups of 15 or more. By reservation only.
Fee: Students and LCMM Members: $5/per person. Adults: $8 per person.
Whale Days Information & Reservations


Pre-Season Workshops

Bronzecasting 101
Bronzecasting 101

Bronze Casting 101 Richard Butz
April 26, 2014
Ever wanted to make objects in bronze? During this hands-on workshop you will learn how to assemble or make the equipment necessary to operate a small foundry using the sand casting method. Limited to 6 participants – a great opportunity for a parent-child (12+) experience.
Cost $175 ($157 Members)
Register: Contact Samantha Williams (802) 475-2022;

Blacksmithing Guild Monthly Gatherings
First Saturdays
Only LCMM Members (at any membership level) are eligible to participate in the Blacksmithing Guild. Guild Members have shop access by appointment, special workshop opportunities, and more.
More information about the Blacksmithing Guild


Scroll Down for a list of all our 2014 Special Events.




2014 Special Events

May 22 Whale Boat Launch Day
Featuring Mystic Seaport's Matthew Stackpole.

May 31 Opening Day

May 31 Spring Wave
Come and watch this annual youth rowing race at LCMM.

May 31 LCMM Golf Challenge
New event at Basin Harbor Club's championship golf course. Registration now open.

May 31 Blacksmith Hammer-In
Featuring guest blacksmith Greg Gehner

June 7 Through the Lens Exhibit Opening
Join photographers and judges in the gallery.

June 14-15 - Kids Pirate Festival
Father's Day Fun! Featuring Rockin' Ron, the friendly Pirate.

June 28-29 Abenaki Heritage Weekend
A weekend of arts, music, dance, and lifeways. Presented in partnership with the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs and Vermont's Abenaki tribes.

July 4 Independence Day Commemoration
Step aboard replica 1776 gunboat Philadelphia II to hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence and commemorate the founding of our nation; featuring cannon firing demonstrations. Free admission for Veterans, Armed Services and their families.

July 13 Challenge Race
Come paddle or row in the annual 3-mile Challenge Race. Bring your own boat or just watch the fun.

July 19 Star Spangled Nation 1812 Traveling Exhibit Opening

August 16-17 Rabble in Arms
History comes alive for the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 as costumed re-enactors in a fleet of traditional boats recreate the British attack on Fort Cassin.

September is Archaeology Month with special workshops September 6, 13, 20, 27

October 11 James Wakefield Rescue Row
Annual youth rowing race in commemoration of a heroic rescue on the Burlington Waterfront in 1876.

October 12 Season Closing - last open day Sunday, October 12


Rowing for Racing (Ages 18 and up)

NEW! Just added to our program calendar for 2014. This is a separate rowing experience for adults with its own schedule and fees. Open to people with prior rowing experience. Rowing for Racing will meet weekly on Tuesday nights for 1.5 - 2 hours of strenuous rowing on Otter Creek. There will be several races in which rowers can paritcipate, but racing is not a requirement. The overall emphasis is on strength training, rowing technique, and endurance. We're always looking for experienced coxwains!
Contact Lisa Percival at (802) 475-2022, (Mon or Thurs)

Make a Donation to support these events

Donations support everything that Lake Champlain Maritime Museum does, from education to boatbuilding to research. Consider a tax-deductible donation today!



All special events held rain or shine, and are are included with regular museum admission, unless otherwise noted. Exhibit buildings and performance areas at the museum are wheelchair accessible. Access to the waterfront is limited for people with mobility challenges. For ASL interpretation of performances, please contact the museum five days in advance.