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Bennington Museum

75 Main St, Bennington, VT 05201-2885
+1 802-447-1571
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One of the best local museums

The collection at this local museum includes both local artifacts as well as art. There are two... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Gail B
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Ottawa, Canada
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Best Museum

Enjoyed this museum very much. Has a lot in it from Grandma Moses exhibit, Great revolutionary War... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Donald W
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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75 Main St, Bennington, VT 05201-2885
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The collection at this local museum includes both local artifacts as well as art. There are two important art exhibits. One is of Grandma Moses' work. The other is of local modern artists, a group including David Feeley. The exhibits are well-curated. As for the...More

Thank Gail B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed this museum very much. Has a lot in it from Grandma Moses exhibit, Great revolutionary War artifacts & history in the area, and a lot more. Go see it is you are there, it's worth it.

Thank Donald W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is the Bennington Museum, not the Bennington HISTORY Museum. The web site clearly portrays what you will encounter when you arrive. The museum displays many facets of Americana and local culture. Clearly the centerpiece is an extensive collection of painting by Grandma Moses that...More

1  Thank BearTraveler69
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is basically an art museum. Although, I am not much of an art aficionado, I went to see the famous works of Grandma Moses. They had one room filled with her work, and then a mockup of a 1-room schoolhouse to show how she...More

Thank Linda O
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Historic building has everything from colonial and later period furniture, Grandma Moses, a 1950s automobile, Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington info, and a three season walking woods. There is a strange outdoor statue of a seated Abraham Lincoln with mythical figures at his feet to...More

1  Thank Lucy I
Reviewed 18 April 2017

This small jewel of a museum has a generous collection of Grandma Moses art spanning most of her creative years. The museum is full of Americana craftwork, a recreated early American school room and general store as well as several beautifully preserved belle epoque pieces...More

Thank Carmen R
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

The Bennington Museum, known for its collection of Grandma Moses paintings and other treasures of New England history, has expanded to include modern/contemporary art. The current exhibit of sculpture by Stanley Rosen, is so engaging, I went back for a second viewing! The abstract work...More

Thank lesleyjacobsonvt
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Great Grandma Moses exhibit. Then there is the historical exhibits which make the ricj jistory of Bennington come to life. It tells the story of Vermont in a fun an educational way.

Thank timothyrburgess
Reviewed 2 April 2017

I went for the Grandma Moses exhibit, which was very interesting. I enjoyed the addition of her one room schoolhouse to the Museum. The "Local Shopping" exhibit displayed black and white photos of stores which were in operation , I assume, in the height of...More

Thank Sharon L
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Had 2 hours to kill during a recent ski trip...glad I stopped into Bennington Museum. There's plenty to see and the staff is very helpful. Particularly enjoyed Grandma Moses. old shops' photography and Bennington Battle visit. Time well spent!

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Claire S
What are your hours and days that you are opened?
15 February 2015|
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Response from Susan S | Property representative |
We had our re-opening on February 14 after being closed for 6 weeks. In that time, we built a new Works on Paper Gallery, reconfigured our museum shop and more. The museum is now open Thursday through Tuesday, 10 am to 5... More
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