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Bennington Museum

75 Main St, Bennington, VT 05201-2885
+1 802-447-1571
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A gem worth visiting!

A snowy day in April ended up here. The Grandma Moses exhibit was fabulous. The visuals.. Edward... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Resnickjoan
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Princeton, New Jersey
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Interesting and Worth the Trip

We live in the area and had not visited in years. What a mistake! Interesting, diverse and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
vtpittfan
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Vermont
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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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75 Main St, Bennington, VT 05201-2885
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A snowy day in April ended up here. The Grandma Moses exhibit was fabulous. The visuals.. Edward Murrow interviewing her explaining how she paints was quite informative. The special exhibits were interesting as well. The staff was quite helpful and outgoing. Very much enjoy our...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We live in the area and had not visited in years. What a mistake! Interesting, diverse and something for everyone. Jasen Frederickson is an asset to the museum--welcoming with outstanding customer service.

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Susan S, Public Relations Manager at Bennington Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We are happy that you visited with us and enjoyed the time here. With several galleries dedicated to changing exhibitions, there is always something new to see when you come by. Come back soon.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped by on our way through to Glens Falls, NY. We're familiar with the museum, but had not seen their most recent addition. I couldn't swear to it, but I felt as though the Grandma Moses exhibit used to be inside the school house...More

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Reviewed 8 March 2018

If you’re in southern Vermont pay a visit to the Bennington Museum. Perched high on a hill with scenic views the museum is a treasure trove of Vermont’s storied history, including paintings, artifacts, Revolutionary War memorabilia, and a first floor gallery dedicated to the folk...More

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Reviewed 28 February 2018

to fit the frame! That's what Grandma Moses did, picked up old frames at shops for used furniture, pretty cheap. Then she made paintings to fit 'em. Brilliant, but also, a bit difficult.

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Reviewed 29 January 2018

Bennington Museum is not glamorous or glitzy, but definitely worth a visit if you like Grandma Moses and are interested in the part Bennington played in the American Revolution. Two wonderful parts of the permanent collection.

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Reviewed 23 December 2017

very nice local museum focused on Vermont art, history and Grandma Moses works.Worth the visit to both locals and tourists. Location adjacent to other prime tourist attractions...old bennington, battle day monument, old first church and cemetery where Vermont notables are buried and graves from 1700s...More

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Reviewed 8 December 2017

Loved this quaint museum. My favorite was the exhibit of Grandma Moses' art. I had heard of her before but didn't know the story. Such a fascinating life - and I loved her art. It showed me that you are never too old to start...More

Thank Cindy T
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Reviewed 27 November 2017

This museum has an eclectic collection of art, sculpture, ceramics, furniture, musical instruments, and much more. Allow about an hour and a half to fully appreciate it's variety of galleries. The centerpiece of the museum is the Grandma Moses collection, but there is also an...More

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Reviewed 14 November 2017

Didn't know what to expect- what we found were three galleries dedicated to exhibits featuring the work (and life story) of Grandma Moses- and that isn't including the school she attended that was moved from NYS to be part of the museum. While obviously the...More

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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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