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Bennington Museum

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Address: 75 Main St, Bennington, VT 05201-2885
Phone Number: 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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Very good small museum in Vermont

Very nice museum as you enter Bennington, Vermont on Route 9 from New York. Although small in size,the museum has a very impressive collection of Grandma Moses paintings... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very nice museum as you enter Bennington, Vermont on Route 9 from New York. Although small in size,the museum has a very impressive collection of Grandma Moses paintings. Currently, there is an excellent exhibition of Milton Avery painting depicting his time in Vermont. Also, there is a very interesting collection of Vermont made products and industries from the time Bennington... More 

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White Plains, New York, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small museum. When I visited it had an exhibit on the history of commercial pottery in Bennington. There is also a Grandma Moses exhibit. The other exhibits were nice, but they generally did not make me say "wow" or touch my soul.

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

We are glad you paid us a visit. It is a funny thing about art. We have folks who have traveled to the museum just to see Milton Avery's Vermont exhibition, and we are having a hard time keeping the accompanying catalogue in stock. Others are finding Duane Michals: Photographs from the Floating World exhibition amazing. And others would rather... More 

Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely museum experience that includes art from the region (I had no clue Grandma Moses was so interesting), an impressive pottery collection that one could spend hours with, local furniture, rifles, portraiture, and fascinating photos. I learned so much about the Bennington area and the staff was very friendly. Next to the museum is a lovely walk that exemplifies local... More 

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Brookfield, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Grandma Moses or Revolutionary War era arms - great little place if you are in the area. Plenty of free parking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lovely, small museum where you can see a large collection of Grandma Moses paintings as well as old furniture, pottery and other artists' work. there is also a very old car that has been completely restored as well as a children's area with costumes and old timey toys. The gift shop is just right with good quality Vermontiana.

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went up on a Sunday and totally enjoyed this small museum. Not big enough to get glassy-eyes from overdosing on too much but just the right size. Especially enjoyed the pottery exhibit and the Revolutionary War room. They have a room full of Grandma Moses pictures and memorabilia as well. Very interesting museum.

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Port St. Lucie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a small but wonderful museum. It has a large collection of Grandma Moses pics and also the schoolhouse she attended. Also has other Vermont things.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A quite and easy one to find in Bennington Vermont on Rt 9. Rt 9 it is full of get things to see... U will love what you see...

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Folsom, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were impressed with how well organized the Bennington Museum is. The Grandma Moses exhibit was shown while we were there and it was a real treat. My husband was enthralled with the munitions exhibit. If you are visiting the area it's definitely worth the time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a lovely museum with an interesting collection, esp. of early American stuff. Wonderful portraits and original furniture and belongings, fantastic maps. Very nice people here, too.

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