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Bennington Museum

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Address: 75 Main St, Bennington, VT 05201
Phone Number: 802-447-1571
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Thu - Tue 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Arts and crafts
Description: 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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Loved the Grandma Moses section

My husband and I enjoy art museums and are fond of Grandma Moses. What was especially nice was the display of some personal items of hers in addition to her paintings plus a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 16, 2013
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Worthington, Ohio
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Worthington, Ohio
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

My husband and I enjoy art museums and are fond of Grandma Moses. What was especially nice was the display of some personal items of hers in addition to her paintings plus a description of her life. There was also an old TV interview playing on a continuous loop. Well worth the visit

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

If you have time, visit the Bennington Museum. There is a very interesting collection of a variety of art including a very large and very well curated collection of work by Grandma Moses. Even if you are not otherwise a fan of her work, it is fascinating.

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

I am a fan of Grandma Moses painting, and all the artifact in display in Bennington Museum. People at the museum are extremely friendly and helpful.

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York, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Stopped in this museusm and were really pleased we did! Great grandma moses exhibit. Lovely building and all around great experience.

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earlville, ny
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

very good display on battle of bennington. nice gift shop. reasonable admission. large collection of early Americana

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Boston
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

This beautiful little museum houses many artifacts from the famous Battle of Bennington era with very well done time lines of the battle strategies themselves. Also loads of lovely pottery, silver, etc. But the big surprise for us was the huge exhibit of Grandma Moses' paintings. There was even an interview with Grandma from the 1950's..delightful!! (Watching the interviewer light... More 

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Sand Lake, New York
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57 reviews 57 reviews
24 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This museum has a lot of original paintings from Grandma Moses who was still painting in her 90's...very simple, countryside pictures. This art was continued by her son who still paints..This is so worth the trip...Many Norman Rockwells as well...famous for being on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post...Love the little girl's visit to the Doctors...Something for everyone of... More 

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Ridgewood, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Went here on our way out of town and ended up spending a great deal of time here. The Grandma Moses exhibits were my absolute favorite.

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Randleman, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

Viist this place to learn about the Battle of Bennington and see some great art too! Overall great objects to see and interact with. A must see is the Battle of Bennington Flag, the oldest known American flag in existence! Take a close look at the stripes as they are opposite of today's American flag.

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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

Right outside the main downtown drag of Bennington is The Bennington Museum. This museum has an array of different type of exhibits ranging from fine art to historic furniture to historical pieces from around the country. The photo above shows a piece of the first transatlantic cable that was used to connect Europe to America. We spent a little under... More 

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