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Bennington Museum

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Address: 75 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201
Phone Number: +1 802-447-1571
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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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Go Grandma Moses!

Near the monument, contains the largest public collection of Grandma Moses paintings. About 20-25 are on display at any time. They are well lit and very accessible. Marvel at... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Johnson City, New York, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Didn't actually go into the museum itself as I didn't have the $10 entrance to hand - they should have discount for seniors - I did however wander all over the place outside - the courtyard, woodland walk - The George Aiken Wildflower Trail, saw plaques and statues of Abraham Lincoln and dalmations and the covered bridge style picnic area... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Near the monument, contains the largest public collection of Grandma Moses paintings. About 20-25 are on display at any time. They are well lit and very accessible. Marvel at her primitive perspective and technique, but she excels in depicting the detail of early twentieth century New England agrarian life. An attached gallery preserves her one room school house interior. Other... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went there for Grandma Moses. This small museum houses the largest collection of her works. This museum sparkles, like the glitter she used in some of her paintings. There is a Guilded Age Exhibit with a Martin Wasp touring car that was made in town. The Battle of Bennington is full explained. Munitions that were made in the area... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

The Grandma Moses exhibit is worth the trip. There are so many paintings from her long career and life that illuminate her vision and the history of the area. It is ecstatic.

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Sugar Grove, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

The main reason we went there was to see the Grandma Moses collection, and we were not disappointed. Enthusiastic staff member made the visit more personal and was eager to make our visit a good one. Some local artists works and collection of artifacts round this out. Spent about an hour there and felt it was very worthwhile.

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Long Island, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Was happy to spend a little time at this great place! While the collection is a mix of local artists and "artifacts" if you will, the jewel in the crown is the collection of work by Grandma Moses. Very much worth the stop! ooh, and a great gift shop, too!

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Rutland, Vermont, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

I agree with Grandma Moses. Sometimes people who measure things differently are better than the others. I have to vote on November 8th. Happy pictures are better than real life. Great selection!

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Falmouth, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This small museum was especially good because of the Grandma Moses exhibit There is info about each painting which helps you understand her wonderful life. . There also was a nice Vermont pottery exhibit and a variety of items from Vermont history. It is worth a stop for the nice museum store. Very pleasant staff to welcome you.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

... but if Moses is your thing - its got that. This nationally recognized museum has interesting, quality exhibitions that change frequently - so every time you come north, you'll see something different. Lots of history and traditional works but plenty of contemporary art - the Bennington Museum is wisely and firmly in the 21st century. I think you will... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

It was so special to see the Grandma Moses art works. Thank you, Bennington Museum, for making them available!

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