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Bennington Museum

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Address: 75 Main St, Bennington, VT 05201-2885
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+1 802-447-1571
10:00 - 17:00
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Thu - Tue 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Variety of permanent collection and changing exhibits

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... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Lucy I
Bennington, Vermont
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Bennington, Vermont
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6 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 the left of the entrance. Has the usual museum shop, and occasional music, dance, or... More 

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New York City, New York
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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 recovered from various local sources.

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Bennington, Vermont
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Reviewed 11 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 of local artist Pat Adams is vibrant and contemplative. Certainly worth a browse, is the... More 

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Waterville, Vermont
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Reviewed 10 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.

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Palo Alto, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 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 the "Gilded Age" of Bennington. I really loved Pat Adams' exhibit. Her work is incredible.... More 

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Columbia, Maryland
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Reviewed 19 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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Voorhees, New Jersey
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

If you're in Bennington, this is certainly worth a visit. There in automobile from the 20's or 30's that's probably the biggest road-boat I've even seen. They have a nice collection of items from old-time Vermont, and if there's a special exhibit, by all means this is worth a visit.

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Augusta, GA
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Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

We were surprised to find many Grandma Moses works in this museum as well as an enormous collection of Vermont pottery, quilts and one of only two WASP automobiles left in the world. Those cars were made in Vermont. This is an eclectic collection of art/artifacts to say the least. The one room school attended by Grandma Moses is also... More 

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Tuxedo Park, New York
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Reviewed 20 February 2017 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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Reviewed 15 February 2017

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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