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Bennington Museum

75 Main St, Bennington, VT 05201
802-447-1571
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Ranked #4 of 20 Attractions in Bennington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Art Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
Owner description: Celebrating Vermont art, culture, and history with the largest collection of Grandma Moses paintings and 19th-century Bennington Pottery, Battle of... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Shapleigh, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Take the time to visit all the great exhibits there is a huge collection of Grandma Moses art and a school room replica of her school a hundred years ago. There is an abundance of military equipment to view and descriptions of revolutionary war battles in VT with the Green Mountain Boys that helped win the war.

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Peekskill, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We have a vacation home up the mountain from Bennington and had never visited this museum. So we decided to take in the local sights. I do not know why we had not visited because it is really a gem of local history and culture. The display of Grandma Moses art is wonderful. It is worth a stop!

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Cary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The Grandma Moses exhibit was excellent. Came to Vermont just to see it. All the rest was frosting on the cake.

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Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

There are some works of art, old furniture, antique car, organ etc. This is a small museum that only requires a short visit.

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Fall River, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Super collection of Grandma Moses art plus very clever and tasteful exhibitions of their other collections. A nice surprise in this little town!

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San Diego, California, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We spent about three hours here on a rainy day--just a perfect way to spend the morning. They have a wonderful Grandma Moses collection and several other artists. It is well worth a visit.

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Joplin, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This is a great place to visit if you are looking for help with your family history. They have a large genealogy room staffed with friendly, knowledgeable people. We also enjoyed the large collection of Grandma Moses paintings. These are so beautiful and any print of photo of them does not do them justice. The old cemetery behind the building... More

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New Rochelle, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We spent about 2 hours touring this museum. The staff was so friendly and all is so well organized. I'm delighted that we didn't miss this little gem.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This was once one man's collection and it still feels like that. Imagine having the money to amass masters and sculpture just because you liked the look of it! You must look for the sculpture that must have been the inspiration for Princess Leia's hairstyle AND her slave girl pose...unbelievable.

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LI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

The Bennington Museum in the charming town of Bennington is a very pleasant way to spend 1to11/2 hours. Mainly known for its Grandma Moses exhibition, it also has an excellent current show of Neel/Field Painting the People .. It is a rare opportunity to see these two together, and it is done very well Grandma Moses was extremely popular many... More

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