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Bennington Museum

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Address: 75 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201
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+1 802-447-1571
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Thu - Tue 10:00 - 17:00
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Celebrating Vermont art, culture, and history with the largest collection...

Celebrating Vermont art, culture, and history with the largest collection of Grandma Moses paintings and 19th-century Bennington Pottery, Battle of Bennington memorabilia and weaponry, and more. New in 2013 - Gilded Age Vermont Gallery highlights the industrial and cultural innovation of the late 1800s to the 1920s through objects that were made or owned in Bennington and the surrounding region, or created by artists with connections to the area. The items on view, all from the Bennington Museum's collection,include the 1924 Wasp Touring Car, elaborate Renaissance Revival furnishings, a stylish parlor organ manufactured by the Estey Organ Company of Brattleboro, Vermont, Frederick MacMonnies' sumptuous portrait of May Suydam Palmer, and paintings by William Morris Hunt. Glass and metal works by Lewis Comfort Tiffany add to the gallery. The art found in the new Bennington Modernism Gallery celebrates the art created from the early 1950s through the mid-1970s, a group of avant-garde artists working in and around Bennington who led the nation in artistic thought and innovation. Among the artists of national and international stature with local ties were Pat Adams, Willard Boepple, Anthony Caro, Paul Feeley, Helen Frankenthaler, Patricia Johanson, Vincent Longo, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Dan Shapiro, David Smith and Tony Smith. Changing exhibits all year.

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Beautiful collection

We went to the museum to see the Grandma Moses exhibition. It is beautifully staged. Another room is devoted to the Battle of Bennington and has an impressive collection of guns... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Tuxedo Park, New York
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Tuxedo Park, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to the museum to see the Grandma Moses exhibition. It is beautifully staged. Another room is devoted to the Battle of Bennington and has an impressive collection of guns and artifacts. The top floor has a collection of sewing machines, tools, local donations of toys and equipment.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum highlights their Grandma Moses collection. I was planning to run through it, thinking that her work would not be for me, but it wound up being really quite interesting - a variety of materials and some complex scenes. In addition, the museum tells the story of the Revolutionary battle fought near Bennington, highlighting the importance of verifying "family... More 

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Bennington, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Toured the museum which was great and had a Christmas party there. Very nice setting and very accommodating. Nicely decorated for the season.

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vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

All right, I live locally so you can take this for what it's worth. This little "museum" is part art gallery, part memorabilia, part music venue, part research center. Its exhibits have been written up enthusiastically twice in the New York times, mostly because of the excellent curation and bold leadership of the museum staff. It isn't just Grandma Moses,... More 

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Topeka, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

This museum offers not only special exhibits, but a good base holding of interesting permanent collection pieces. There really is something for everyone.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

We were on a trip through New England and specifically planned Bennington for this Museum. The shop attendant who took our tickets was very personable and answered many questions fro us. We enjoyed the exhibit on Grandma Moses and her collective works and the biographical information presented was excellent. I bought a "Grandma" mini-puzzle as a gift for a neighbors... More 

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Richmond, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

Discovering yesterday that the museum was closed on Wednesday, I did another round trip from Pittsfiled, Massachusetts just to get up close and person with the works of a world renowned artist. Folk art at its most intimate and personal, I was treated to a solo journey of a life long past, Vermont pictured at its finest hours in summer,... More 

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Susan S, Public Relations Manager at Bennington Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting. Yes, Bennington Museum is closed on Wednesday in November and December and February through May. We are also closed the entire month of January when our maintenance department goes about completing larger projects that would not be possible with visitors in the building. When open our hours are 10 am to 5 pm. Bennington Museum is... More 

Johnson City, New York, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

Didn't actually go into the museum itself as I didn't have the $10 entrance to hand - they should have discount for seniors - I did however wander all over the place outside - the courtyard, woodland walk - The George Aiken Wildflower Trail, saw plaques and statues of Abraham Lincoln and dalmations and the covered bridge style picnic area... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

Near the monument, contains the largest public collection of Grandma Moses paintings. About 20-25 are on display at any time. They are well lit and very accessible. Marvel at her primitive perspective and technique, but she excels in depicting the detail of early twentieth century New England agrarian life. An attached gallery preserves her one room school house interior. Other... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

We went there for Grandma Moses. This small museum houses the largest collection of her works. This museum sparkles, like the glitter she used in some of her paintings. There is a Guilded Age Exhibit with a Martin Wasp touring car that was made in town. The Battle of Bennington is full explained. Munitions that were made in the area... More 

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