Bennington Museum

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Bennington Museum
4.5
Art Museums • History Museums
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Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Bennington Museum - a Museum of Art, History, and Innovation. Home to the largest public collection of Grandma Moses paintings and 19th-century Bennington Pottery, it also presents Battle of Bennington memorabilia and weaponry, and Gilded Age Vermont, highlighting the industrial and cultural innovation of the late 1800s to the 1920s including the 1924 Wasp Touring Car, paintings by William Morris Hunt, and works by Lewis Comfort Tiffany. Bennington Modernism Gallery celebrates the art created from the early 1950s through the mid-1970s by a group of avant-garde artists working in and around Bennington who led the nation in artistic thought and innovation. Artists may include Pat Adams, Paul Feeley, Helen Frankenthaler, Patricia Johanson, Vincent Longo, Kenneth Noland, and Jules Olitski. Early Vermont Life Gallery presents life in Vermont from the time when the earliest European settlers arrived in 1761 to the early 1800s. 14 galleries. Changing exhibitions. Museum Store & more.
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EilSat
Methuen, MA310 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
This was a nice museum dedicated to the history of rural Vermont. The battle of Bennington was fought here. One of the permanent exhibits is the Grandma Moses exhibit. It is near Bennington college, an art and performance college.

The staff was helpful.
Written May 3, 2022
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Michael K
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Oct 2021
Robert Frost exhibit was outstanding. Throughout museum, every display if informative and uniquely entertaining. Great variety. Great staff and beautiful setting.
Written October 22, 2021
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Karen D
Montgomery, TX84 contributions
Oct 2021
The Bennington Museum was a quaint and interesting find on our visit to Vermont. There is a wide variety of things to experience there including a wonderful gallery on Grandma Moses, another on Robert Frost, one on the Battle of Bennington and so much more. We wandered from room to room and enjoyed everything. Even the outside art is interesting.
Written October 20, 2021
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Joe J
Southington, CT96 contributions
Oct 2021
Lovely small museum with a wonderful exhibition of the works of Grandma Moses. Worth the low price of admission.
Written October 10, 2021
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mbpman
River Forest Illinois73 contributions
Sep 2021
This is a charming museum that successfully mixes Grandma Moses and the history of Vermont. A nice collection of Moses paintings well displayed. The historical portion tells a nice story without bogging you down with too much detail. Spent around two hours and saw most of it at a leisurely pace.
Written September 30, 2021
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Darcy F
10 contributions
Sep 2021
This museum far exceeded my expectations. I went because I wanted to see the Grandma Moses collection. It was there and more extensive than I anticipated. Additionally they had outside installations and a Robert Frost exhibit. I learned so much I didn't want to leave. My friends and I planned to stay for two hours but stayed three and then came back again. We also bought nice gifts at the gift shop. The curators and gift shop buyer are to be applauded. This is a gem. I would return to Bennington just to see this museum.
Written September 25, 2021
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Explorer182725
24 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
We loved the Grandma Moses paintings! They are so detailed and she usually had some of the people in “action” activities. The descriptions provided some deeper meanings as to why she included certain things in her paintings, such as schools and churches. As if that wasn’t enough, they had a Robert Frost exhibit. It was so good! You felt as if you were “in the woods” just like he was. An excellent museum
Written September 8, 2021
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paulhollinger
Sarasota, FL477 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
The museum greatly exceeded my expectations. It featured the works of Grandma Moses at the time of our visit. It was interesting to see an old tv interview of her by Edward R Murrow when she was in her 90’s and still coherent and painting. On exhibit were many old finely crafted items, including furniture, guns, small machines, local military history and a grand old car. Nice way to spend the day.
Written August 7, 2021
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Inspire796627
3 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
So many museums are just too large and overwhelm the visitor. This museum is a comfortable size and contains a section dedicated to the work of Grandma Moses. There is a delightful brief video of an interview of the artist by Edward R Murrow and even a small bench to sit on while watching. Anyone who is at all interested in this renowned American artist will not be disappointed by a visit. There is, of course, more to see and some of it very modern. Parking is free and easy. And there is a picnic area with tables for those so interested.
Written July 9, 2021
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Jim F
10 contributions
Jul 2021
First, I was to say that you will not find any information on what the admission fee is on their website, which I find very disturbing. By the way, it is $12 and they offer no discounts for seniors or VETERAN's (another problem in my view.)

The museum was originally a magnificently built church. Unmarked parking is wherever you want. To the left of the museum is a hilly wild flower garden / art trail which in the grassy areas can be very slippery when wet.

Inside the building there is a Grandma Moses area of her artwork, the table she painted at and a chair. No pictures are allowed in here as here art is still copy-righted. Not much for information on her life. There is an attached schoolhouse where she attended but it is not set-up as a school, just a room with a few non-school things on the wall. Disappointing at best.

The Battle of Bennington display room is tucked in the basement. Non-period correct and fake muskets, naval cannon balls, and non-battle items are displayed. Again, disappointing.

A big two-room display of Bennington Pottery and the history of it. A small room on Robert Frost with paintings related to his poem's. A room with an old flag, car and other oddities from town. A room with modern art pieces. A large mostly empty room with a few old clocks. The "church" room was filled with neat old things from town and history.

No docents to answer questions. A tiny gift shop.
Written July 6, 2021
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  • Fri - Mon 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM