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 parts of 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. This not-for-profit museum in a former church 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. In addition to these ongoing exhibits, Bennington Museum curates Special Exhibitions such as Robert Frost, “At Present in Vermont”, viewable until November 7, 2021.
The Bennington Museum is hosting some exciting events during the warmer months this year.
Every Friday until September 3, there will be a Concert in the Courtyard from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. featuring regional artists. There will also be a makerspace for kids to enjoy during the concert to encourage creativity. The concerts are free of charge, and there is a suggested donation for those who wish to partake in the makerspace.
Each Saturday and Sunday until September 5, there will be a Weekend Courtyard Café from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. featuring local residents and their unique cuisine.
Bennington Museum is open from Friday to Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This summer on Fridays, it will be open until 7 p.m., coinciding with the Concerts in the Courtyard. The Museum Library is open to the public on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets for those 17 and under are free. For Seniors and students, tickets cost $10 and are $12 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