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“A great historic museum”
Review of Bennington Museum

Bennington Museum
Ranked #2 of 26 things to do in Bennington
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
Reviewed June 6, 2014

I enjoyed this museum a lot. It isn't real large so it is easy to get around. The art work from local Vermont painters is nice to see and learn about. Some really nice antiques are on display too. The Grandma Moses gallery is fun to see.

Thank BrentJensen
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Reviewed May 5, 2014

We went specifically to see the Grandma Moses exhibit, and were very impressed with the museum's presentation. Her work was presented along side her history, often in her own words. There also various photographs of her at work. Her decorated drawing table was also on display. Although we did not give this museum a thorough viewing, having gone for the specific gallery, we did see a room of Revolutionary War artifacts, and paintings of various campaigns.
After our visit, we kept seeing the paintings of Grandma Moses in the rural landscapes of Vermont. A highly recommended stop.

Thank mmkwong
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Reviewed March 10, 2014

The Grandma Moses exhibit is excellent. Don't miss it. However, this local museum is full of local history and culture. It's a great way to learn about the area. Schedule time to take it in.

Thank JLB_miles_to_go
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

There are a lot of reviews discussing Grama Moses, ceramics, and quilts so here's another angle - if you like the show Oddities you should check out the Bennington Museum. The Bennington Museum enough human hair art, creepy dolls, taxidermy, and Presidential portraits made from beetle shells to keep any fan of bizarre Victoriana happy. Combine the Museum with a short walk up the hill (note the white marble sidewalks) to the Old First Church cemetery to see amazing gravestones from the 1700 & 1800s. Make sure to check out the astonishing shell of the former Walloomsac Inn across the street. If you feel inspired to add a few antiques to your own collection after there is a large multi-dealer antique shop called Camelot Village a short 3 minute drive away or you can walk or drive down the hill into Bennington and browse some antique shop on Main Street.

1  Thank wilvey
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

This is a nice little museum in a quaint town. I would put this on your list of things to do while in Bennington, VT.

Thank GlenWoodman1
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