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“Nice Museum, Good displays” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bennington Museum

Bennington Museum
Ranked #2 of 25 things to do in Bennington
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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.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Nice Museum, Good displays”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2012

This is a nice museum with a lot of effort put into it. We walked around for a couple of hours. The classic car was the most outstanding item.

Visited October 2012
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Monroe, New York
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“Bennington battle flag!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

Lots of great artifacts and a National Treasure of one of the oldest American flags in existence. Humbling to think of all those who fought and died for those colors, from then and up until now.

Visited October 2012
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Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
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“A must see if you enjoy Grandma Moses paintings.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

This is a nice little museum which can take half a day to spend inside as there is more to it than meets the eye from the outside. Plenty of parking. When you go inside you will buy your passes at the gift shop. By the way, the gift shop has plenty of nice items to purchase, including prints and bookmarks of the Moses paintings. We bought some VT made maple chapstick. The gift shop will provide you with a map of the museum. You can take photos in all rooms except for the room with the Moses paintings and the Bennington flag. The Moses paintings are in the first room on the ground floor and it is just amazing to see them in person. The whimsical country life nature in her colors come to life. In the corner is a running interview with Grandma Moses but it is too difficult to distinguish a lot of what is being said. I had to stand right next to the screen and even then could not hear everything. If the interview could be improved and set in a separate viewing room that would be marvelous. After viewing the Moses paintings and table she had painted, you can walk back to her old school house that was moved and attached to the museum. This has been made into an interactive area for kids to try old timey games and dress up. Exhibits in the other rooms include Bennington pottery, glassware, portraits, Battle of Bennington and Vermont guns and paintings and a Martin Wasp automobile. There is a Church gallery that was overwhelming with the amount of counter items on display from an x-ray machine to other inventions by Vermonters. Throughout the museum at the different exhibits are phone numbers that you can call on your cell phone for more info about a piece. I called once to hear an orchestra play music that was featured in a painting and that was pretty cool. A nice way for those who appreciate art or history to spend an afternoon. Enjoy!

Visited August 2012
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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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“Fun way to learn!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2012

We went for the Grandma Moses exhibit and the pottery. Loved Grandma Moses and that you can see her actual school room. It's very nicely done so that children can experience what an old school was like. Really liked the Rockwell Kent exhibit and wish there had been more of his items in the gift shop. My husband loved the Wasp! I was a bit disappointed in the pottery; thought it could have been a larger exhibit. The area with tons of Vermont artifacts was so crowded it made me dazed so if there's more room, this could be better spread out more. Altogether it's a fun museum and you could spend hours there learning about life in the past. Nice job!

Visited September 2012
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Ojai, California
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“An Overview of Vermont and the Revolutionary War”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

We started here on our first day in Bennington. Very informational and nice museum. A good Grandma Moses exhibit and information about the Revolutionary War and Bennington's role in that war.

Visited September 2012
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