Dorset House reopens at Shelburne Museum

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Dorset House at Shelburne Museum.

After several years of renovation, Dorset House at Shelburne Museum – home to its renowned decoy collection – is open again to the public.

Inside, visitors can see more than 1,000 decorative bird carvings.

The restoration includes new wiring, insulation, climate control, lighting, security and fire detection systems, reinforced beams, repaired slate roof and marble steps, refurbished porches, handicapped access, and state-of-the-art display cases with LED lighting. The project was supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and museum donors.

The Greek Revival structure, built around 1832 in East Dorset, was dismantled and moved to the museum in 1953 to house and exhibit the decoy collection.

The exhibition features pieces by master craftsmen from all over North America. Dorset House closes Oct. 31 for the season.

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