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Bennington Museum

75 Main St, Bennington, VT 05201-2885
+1 802-447-1571
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A Good Assortment of Local Art

There are several good portraits and landscapes besides a large number of Grandma Moses paintings... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Ashfield, Massachusetts
well-curated - the art, the history

The Grandma Moses special show was particularly enjoyable and well done. we spent 1 1/2 hours... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Media, Pennsylvania
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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

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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

Thank Bcobert
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

PROS:Easy access, Grand Moses exhibit was well represented. Another room on the 1st floor was dedicated to the Battle of Bennington with a diorama depicting the battle and a collection of period weapons. Second floor had various rooms with a variety of Americana exhibits including...More

Thank MaryB1117
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have visited the Bennington Museum on multiple occasions, most recently on July 23rd. The museum’s Grandma Moses Collection is extensive and unique, including many paintings with supporting detailed background information about the paintings and her life. There is even a one room school house...More

2  Thank kzsull01
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On July 5th,I visited this fine,cozy art museum with a delightful provincial ambience.I was enamored with its fine,copious collection of paintings by Grandma Moses.I especially liked Grandma Moses'"Haying Time","Bennington",and "Checkered House"which depicted the joys and beauty of Vermont and Central New York State communities.I was...More

Thank margatemensch2016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After having driven by many times, we finally made it a point to visit. So glad we did. My husband who does not like museums, thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. We will definitely be back as there appeared to be more displays coming in the...More

Thank Turner58
Reviewed 17 July 2017

A lovely staff and thoughtfully curated exhibits makes this a jewel of a museum. The largest collection of Grandma Moses paintings are held here.

Thank T. H. F
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Claire S
16 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