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“Great Little Museum”
Review of Bennington Museum

Bennington Museum
Ranked #2 of 25 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 3 August 2014

We spent about three hours here on a rainy day--just a perfect way to spend the morning. They have a wonderful Grandma Moses collection and several other artists. It is well worth a visit.

Thank Virginia F
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

This is a great place to visit if you are looking for help with your family history. They have a large genealogy room staffed with friendly, knowledgeable people. We also enjoyed the large collection of Grandma Moses paintings. These are so beautiful and any print of photo of them does not do them justice. The old cemetery behind the building and the exhibit of church items is also interesting. The staff was also very helpful in giving us directions and suggestions for our visit.

Thank grandma80401
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

We spent about 2 hours touring this museum. The staff was so friendly and all is so well organized. I'm delighted that we didn't miss this little gem.

Thank Chatham1234
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

This was once one man's collection and it still feels like that. Imagine having the money to amass masters and sculpture just because you liked the look of it!

You must look for the sculpture that must have been the inspiration for Princess Leia's hairstyle AND her slave girl pose...unbelievable.

Thank ThePackedBag
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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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