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Bennington Museum

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Address: 75 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201
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+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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All right, I live locally so you can take this for what it's worth. This little "museum" is part art gallery, part memorabilia, part music venue, part research center. Its... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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vermont
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vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

All right, I live locally so you can take this for what it's worth. This little "museum" is part art gallery, part memorabilia, part music venue, part research center. Its exhibits have been written up enthusiastically twice in the New York times, mostly because of the excellent curation and bold leadership of the museum staff. It isn't just Grandma Moses,... More 

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Topeka, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum offers not only special exhibits, but a good base holding of interesting permanent collection pieces. There really is something for everyone.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were on a trip through New England and specifically planned Bennington for this Museum. The shop attendant who took our tickets was very personable and answered many questions fro us. We enjoyed the exhibit on Grandma Moses and her collective works and the biographical information presented was excellent. I bought a "Grandma" mini-puzzle as a gift for a neighbors... More 

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Richmond, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Discovering yesterday that the museum was closed on Wednesday, I did another round trip from Pittsfiled, Massachusetts just to get up close and person with the works of a world renowned artist. Folk art at its most intimate and personal, I was treated to a solo journey of a life long past, Vermont pictured at its finest hours in summer,... More 

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Susan S, Public Relations Manager at Bennington Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting. Yes, Bennington Museum is closed on Wednesday in November and December and February through May. We are also closed the entire month of January when our maintenance department goes about completing larger projects that would not be possible with visitors in the building. When open our hours are 10 am to 5 pm. Bennington Museum is... More 

Johnson City, New York, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

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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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 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 6 November 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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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