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“Small scaled museum with excellent current exhibit”
Review of Bennington Museum

Bennington Museum
Ranked #3 of 26 things to do in Bennington
Certificate of Excellence
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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 23 July 2014

The Bennington Museum in the charming town of Bennington is a very pleasant way to spend 1to11/2 hours. Mainly known for its Grandma Moses exhibition, it also has an excellent current show of Neel/Field Painting the People .. It is a rare opportunity to see these two together, and it is done very well
Grandma Moses was extremely popular many years ago, and is probably unknown by today's young people,so it is worthwhile to see what it was that she painted and why.
A bonus to the museum is the Wildflower walk. It is serene, peaceful and beautiful . Picnic facilities (under cover) are available too.

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Reviewed 22 July 2014

The Bennington Museum is well worth the time and travel to visit. The art of Grandma Moses would be enough in itself but there is so much more. For those who are not so interested in art there is the Martin-Wasp touring car. It is in perfect showroom condition and you can get close enough to smell the leather upholstery. Additionally there are the exhibits of machines, both mechanical and electric, of a much earlier era. The spacious environment allows room display the exhibits in an inviting way. I would go again!

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Reviewed 18 July 2014

Always enjoy returning to this small happy museum with its well curated special shows. The Neel/Field is very interesting...putting two portrait painters a hundred years apart next to each other. And no visit is complete without roaming through the area with the original musuem displays...redware pottery, musical instruments, and surgical devices. The museum store is a little sad, so come for the exhibits, not to shop.

Thank CSSnowshoer
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

A wonderful local museum. Interesting Americana throughout with a delightfully charming display of Anna Mary Robertson "Grandma" Moses' work. Was not disappointed. Treats of additional rooms of Bennington Pottery history, Vermont's gilded era, Vermont military history, Bennington's modernist era and contemporary exhibitions. A real treat for those visiting Summer 2014 is an exhibition of Alice Neel and Erastus Salisbury. A brilliantly curated exhibit juxtaposing the Salisbury 19th century itinerant portraits with one of the 20th century's master painters, Alice Neel. Those of you down in Williamstown visiting MassMoCa and the Clark this is worth a 20min ride up to Bennington.

Thank playtin
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

The Grandma Moses exhibit was our favorite part of this history museum. It included her paintings as well as a little schoolroom of the time period.

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