Founded in 1968 by a group of passionate anglers to exhibit and interpret the history and treasures of angling, the American Museum of Fly Fishing (AMFF) has since become the world’s largest collection of angling and angling-related items with reel, fly, and rod collections reaching well into the thousands.
The museum provides the public an educationally visual experience through its extensive art and media collection comprised of over 700 prints and paintings, 90 linear feet of photographs and interviews with nine saltwater fly-fishing pioneers. The AMFF’s unique blend of informational resources with media arts gifts its visitors a comprehensive history of the evolution of fly fishing as a sport, as well as a newfound appreciation for its presence as an art form.
The AMFF showcased its most recent exhibition Reflections: The Angler and Nature in Art, which features pieces of North American art recently donated to the museum and on display for the first time. Visitors can also view other in-house exhibits, participate in gallery programs, and make appointments to use the library or access the collections for research. Afterward, browse the museum’s gift shop, grab a bite to eat at one of Manchester’s many culinary cornerstones or spend the rest of the afternoon angling in the scenic waters of the Batten Kill nearby.
The museum is open November through May, Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and June through October, Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-14 and free for AMFF members and their guests.
Current Status: In accordance with state and federal recommendations and CDC guidelines, the museum’s capacity will be limited to 10 people at a time and all guests are required to maintain social distancing while wearing face coverings.
“This is an exceptional museum. The extensive library that contains hundreds of books on fly fishing is impressive.”
—Ward S., Yelp