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“great local museum”
Review of Bennington Museum

Bennington Museum
Ranked #3 of 21 things to do in Bennington
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
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 and 1800s

Date of experience: July 2017
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"grandma moses exhibit"
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"on display"
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"folk art"
in 7 reviews
"gilded age"
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"large collection"
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"touring car"
in 6 reviews
"local history"
in 10 reviews
"original paintings"
in 5 reviews
"statue of abraham lincoln"
in 5 reviews
"revolutionary war"
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"permanent collection"
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"one room school house"
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"vermont life"
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"free admission"
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"video interview"
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"second floor"
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"gift shop"
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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 a new hobby/career.

The other exhibits were interesting too.

Date of experience: December 2017
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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 informative display of weapons and information on the Battle of Bennington. Ths is a museum that can provide something of interest to almost anyone.

Date of experience: November 2017
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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 highlight of the museum, other exhibits were interesting as well- a room dedicated to the Battle of Bennington, businesses in the area, and more. Very good way to spend a few hours and a must-see if you like American art.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 1 November 2017

If you like history, then this is for you. It is mostly about the local history, which is very rich in the revolutionary war. It also has local industry history. It had a display of Grandma Moses paintings. My wife and I found this to be very interesting and educational. We are history buffs. I am a big fan of American History and with with the revolutionary war being big in this area I was thrilled.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Gregory C
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