There’s the New England Maple Museum, in Pittsford, which celebrates the tree and its delicious product. The American Precision Museum, in Windsor, hosts “the largest collection of historically significant machine tools in the nation.” And the American Museum of Fly Fishing, in Manchester, boasts “the world’s largest collection of angling and angling-related items”; visitors have the opportunity to “catch and release the spirit of fly fishing.”
All told, there are about 300 options in the Green Mountain state, or 48 museums for every 100,000 residents. That’s more than the 42 per 100,000 residents of second-ranked Maine and the nearly 7 per 100,000 in Florida, which ranks dead last.
But non-Vermonters shouldn’t be jealous. The nation is brimming with opportunities for the exhibit-curious, according to a recent census from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The 50 states and the District are home to more than 35,000 museums and related institutions, including aquariums, arboretums, botanical gardens, historic houses and sites, nature centers, planetariums, science and technology centers, and zoos.
To its credit, D.C. blows every state out of the water when it comes to the number of museums and related institutions per square mile. And no other state comes close to the absolute number – more than 2,900 – that call California home. But on a per capita basis, Vermont has them all beat.