Objects tell stories at the Fleming Museum: what’s your story?

The Fleming Museum of Art is a place for visitors of all ages to find objects and artworks that speak to them—and to speak back to the collection! When you visit the museum, you’re joining an ongoing conversation about the lives of objects and artworks: how they’re made, why they’re made, who made them, who valued them, how they came to the museum, why they mattered in the past, why they matter in the present and future.

The Fleming serves teachers and learners of all ages. Explore these opportunities for academic programs, K-12 education, community group visits, and all-ages programming.

 

Academic programs

Students learn to use the collection

Students and faculty at the University of Vermont and area colleges use the museum’s diverse collections and exhibitions as primary source materials for many fields of study—from art history and anthropology to gender studies and environmental science, among many other departments. The Fleming Museum is a teaching and learning museum where students and faculty engage in conversation, research, artmaking, and critical thinking.Learn more about opportunities for class visits to the museum, student and faculty research, courses which use the museum’s collections in innovative ways, and internship and work-study positions by following the link below.

Learn more about academic programs

K-12 education

A young student takes part in an art activity class

On class visits to the museum, students and educators engage in close observation and group conversation about meaningful objects and artworks in the museum’s collection, so they can draw connections to curricular subjects like language arts, social studies, art, and sciences. During these conversations and activities, students can see themselves as observers, listeners, researchers, and artists who will find inspiration and wonder at the museum. Explore options for guided and self-guided tours and sign up here by following the link below.

Learn more about K-12 tours

Adult Community Group Visits

A group of community members take in the Vodou altar featured in the Spirited Things exhibition

The Fleming Museum offers guided group tours for community organizations, religious groups, senior facilities, and other lifelong learning groups. These guided tours are an opportunity to observe, ask questions, share perspectives, learn about art and history, and reflect on the role of objects and art in our lives.

Learn more about adult community group visits

Programs and events

Buddhist monks create a sand mandala in the Marble Court

Participate in the life of the museum by attending programs, performances, and other events that occur throughout the year. Follow the link below to visit the museum’s calendar to see what’s happening soon.

See our listing of programs and events

Education Kits

Object from a Museum artifact education kit

The Fleming Museum Education Kits are multimedia resources that bring the Museum into your classroom. Kits contain authentic museum objects, replicas, and educational resources to help students learn more about the objects in cultural context.

View a complete list of our education kits

Guidelines for Visiting the Museum

Museum visitor
  • Photography in the Museum is not permitted, except by prior written permission.
  • Only pencils may be used in the galleries; pens and other writing or art materials are not allowed.
  • Leave backpacks, large bags, and umbrellas in the coatroom before entering the Museum.
  • Do not bring food or drink into the galleries.
  • Do not touch the art.
  • Turn off your cell phones.
  • Respect any suggestions student gallery attendants may make to ensure the safety of the objects on display.

To schedule a visit, reserve an artifact kit, or for more information, please call the Fleming Museum Education Department at 802-656-0750 or email us at fleming@uvm.edu

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A full schedule of events and programs accompany this season's exhibitions.

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