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“A nice nod to Vermont art”
Review of Bennington Museum

Bennington Museum
Ranked #2 of 23 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.
Dayton, Ohio, United States
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“A nice nod to Vermont art”
Reviewed 21 June 2014

The way Vermonters are devoted to their own culture would be provincial if it weren't accompanied by two things--an inherent modesty and the quality of the things they pride. This museum is a case in point, the collection and special exhibits are pure Vermont, and that's a good thing.

The major attraction here is the extensive Grandma Moses gallery. Also, there's a Grandma Moses schoolhouse wing, which contains lots of hands-on activities that parents with school-age children in tow might consider gratefully.

The rest of the museum is a mixed bag, with a somewhat modest collection of varying quality. I genuinely appeciated the Frankenthaler works in their postmodern room, and there was a very odd video piece running on continuous loop in one corner--I could not find an identification plaque and the video had no title screen.

If you're in Bennington or just passing through, this is a worthwile stop.

Visited June 2014
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Latham, New York
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“Grandma Moses Outstanding”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

Finally made it here after passing through town several times on Wednesdays when it is closed. The Grandma Moses paintings are very impressive. Her use of color is amazing. The lighting in the Moses exhibit is excellent and really shows off her work. I toured the whole museum. They have a lot of antique stuff from the area, an extensive collection of local pottery (be sure to find the rather small collection of modern pottery which is hidden amidst the historical pottery), glassware, a room with modern works of art, local furniture, and there are some other fine paintings in addition to the Moses stuff but you have to seek it out. I was there less than an hour and a half and was able to see everything including the gift shop and a second look at Grandma Moses. The museum had a lot of educational type material around that families can use and there are some hands-on exhibits such as the Grandma Moses schoolhouse so it seems like a good place to bring children. During my visit there was also a temporary exhibit of three Vermont impressionists. Although I didn't care for most of it, it did show they have some nice space for changing exhibits.

Visited June 2014
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San Francisco, California
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“A great historic museum”
Reviewed 6 June 2014 via mobile

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.

Visited June 2014
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Richmond Hill, Ontario
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“Grandma Moses, what more can you say/”
Reviewed 5 May 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.

Visited April 2014
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Richmond, Virginia
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“Don't miss this local gem”
Reviewed 10 March 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.

Visited July 2013
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