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Bennington Museum

75 Main St, Bennington, VT 05201-2885
+1 802-447-1571
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Everything you always wanted to know about Grandma Moses, and more

Didn't know what to expect- what we found were three galleries dedicated to exhibits featuring the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Hopewell Junction, New York
Very interesting.

If you like history, then this is for you. It is mostly about the local history, which is very rich... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Gregory C
Elmira, New York
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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 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
75 Main St, Bennington, VT 05201-2885
+1 802-447-1571
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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

Thank tektektek
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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...More

Thank Gregory C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a treasure this place is. It is a very well run, organized, & maintained small museum. The best part of the collection is the rooms dedicated to Grandma Moses and her paintings. They don't allow photos, which is sad, but we nevertheless thoroughly enjoyed...More

Thank Jdeppman
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not only did they have their standard display of Grandma Moses' paintings, which in itself was very good; but also, the touring display of her works. We didn't realize how prolific an artist she was. Lots + lots of her original work on display. Most...More

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Like all the previous reviewers, we loved this museum. The main attraction is its extensive collection of paintings by Grandma Moses with its supplementary exhibits describing her life, including an interview with Ed Morrow. A remarkable woman. The museum also has other exhibits relevant to...More

Thank GreyPoundLondon
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent for a small town museum. Lots of grandma Moses paintings and info about local history. Enjoyable.

Thank cloverato
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very nice museum highlighted by an extensive collection of Grandma Moses paintings (some of these are part of an exhibit that only runs until early November). Several other exhibits were also nice as was the building itself. Worth the stop.

Thank Wtrav77
Reviewed 15 October 2017

What a nice little museum this was. There is of course the Grandma Moses element which was excellent, plenty of other things as well including a room covering the Battle of Bennington which was very informative. Well worth a visit.

Thank oldvicar
Reviewed 13 October 2017

This museum is famous for Grandma Moses paintings, and it is really a nice place to visit. They also have a nice exhibit room on the Battle of Bennington, an old battle flag, and other things. The art was fascinating and exceeded our expectations for...More

1  Thank bwsmithna
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

The Bennington houses a large collection of Grandma Moses work along with interpretive content and a video interview. The museum also has a retrospective of the Vermont pottery industry and a collection of tools, artifacts and inventions by Vermont's early settlers.

Thank Gary B
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Claire S
15 February 2015|
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