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Bennington Museum

75 Main St, Bennington, VT 05201-2885
+1 802-447-1571
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Nice little museum

Grandma Moses is the real draw to this place. Very large collection to see plus some other local... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lisa W
via mobile
Wonderful stroll through a varied collection!

This stop was a pleasant surprise! We spent just over an hour strolling through and stopping to... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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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
+1 802-447-1571
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Grandma Moses is the real draw to this place. Very large collection to see plus some other local artists and historical artifacts from the Battle of Bennington...

Thank Lisa W
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This stop was a pleasant surprise! We spent just over an hour strolling through and stopping to read what appealed to us. Both the permanent and temporary Grandma Moses exhibits were wonderful. Also enjoyed the Gilded Age room. The gift shop held its own appeal...More

Thank bolild
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to see the Grandma Moses paintings on display. This exhibit was amazing. The number of paintings on display where terrific. Who knows how many paintings she had done before she was discovered. This woman's art shows that you paint what you feel and they...More

Thank Bruno Z
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We wanted to see the Grandma Moses exhibit and were pleased to find many rooms of her art plus an video of her interview with Edward R. Murrow. The museum has plenty of free parking and a beautiful gift shop.

Thank Cyndi D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visit the museum almost every year on our way to Maine. While there are definitely some gems in the collection, both the presentation and curation seem unprofessional on our last couple visits. We felt that pieces were displayed haphazardly and also that there was...More

Thank NakedOnTheBalcony
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are several good portraits and landscapes besides a large number of Grandma Moses paintings. Furnishings and instruments and various manufactured goods round out the collection. There were also exhibits of interesting recent and vintage photographs.

Thank RobertMass013
Reviewed 14 August 2017

The Grandma Moses special show was particularly enjoyable and well done. we spent 1 1/2 hours there and could have spent more. Hope to return soon.

Thank carob72017
Reviewed 4 August 2017

Made a point of stopping here on our way to Maine. What a great experience. One of the largest collection of works by Grandma Moses, interesting displays of antique tools and equipment, schoolhouse display. Good activities for children to engage them.

Thank Sue M
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

Small museum with lots of exhibits, two of which are dedicated to Grandma Moses. Really interesting to see her art work and learn about the Revolutionary battle in the area. Wonderful stop for this town.

Thank Christina P
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

Pleasant, provincial museum throwing together some important works of art and a hodgepodge of other items including old medicine bottles, samples of marble, a lovely old touring car and more. Almost no explanations of the items as one expects in a museum. Looks like they...More

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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