In 1928, the Bennington Museum opened its doors to the public, sharing the rich art, history, and innovation of Bennington County and the surrounding areas in Vermont, New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Bennington’s exhibitions include art and objects dating from the 18th century to the present, with a permanent collection of over 40,000 objects. Housed in a former church, the facility has a Regional History Room which contains an abundance of information on local family history. Visitors can also take in nature through the George Aiken Wildflower Trail on the 10-acre property.
Some of the items in the permanent collection form ongoing exhibitions such as the Grandma Moses Exhibition, which includes the largest public collection of paintings by Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses, a famous 20th-century folk-artist. The schoolhouse Grandma Moses attended is also on the property. Other intriguing items include the 1863 Jane Stickle Quilt and a cannon from the Battle of Bennington.
Current Exhibits and Events
For the Love of Vermont: The Lyman Orton Collection will run through November 5, 2023. A special exhibit on the History of Bennington will run through December 31, 2023.
Every Friday until September 3, there will be a free Concert in the Courtyard from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. featuring regional artists.
From June to October, Bennington Museum is open every day, except Wednesday. In November and December, and in April and May the museum is open Thursday through Monday. The museum is closed from January through March.
Tickets for those 17 and under are free. For Seniors and students, tickets cost $12 and are $15 for adults. Parking is available at the museum and is free to visitors.
“The Bennington Museum has something for everyone. The museum has a lovely mix of history and art. It gives a good view of Bennington’s many varied accomplishments. Shop has many nice items and good selection of books on history and the region.”
—Jennifer, Trip Advisor