AAA Editor Notes
Bennington Museum is at 75 Main St., 1 mi. w. of jct. SRs 7 and 9 in The Shires of Vermont. The museum houses a collection of art and artifacts reflective of Vermont and associated areas of New York and Massachusetts. The Grandma Moses Gallery displays her paintings and belongings as well as photographs and family memorabilia. The gallery is adjacent to the Grandma Moses Schoolhouse, a family and children's activity center where visitors can barter in a country store and learn what it was like to attend school in the 19th century.
Permanent exhibits include the Bennington Flag, one of the oldest Stars and Stripes flags in existence; firearms; American paintings and sculpture; and American furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries. The story of the Battle of Bennington is told in the museum’s Military Gallery, and the Bennington Pottery Gallery showcases a renowned collection of 19th-century ceramics produced by local companies.
The Bennington Modernism Gallery includes works by avant-garde artists working in Bennington from the early 1950s to the mid-1970s, including Pat Adams, Paul Freeley, Helen Frankenthaler, Kenneth Noland, David Smith and others. The Gilded Age Vermont Gallery highlights industrial and cultural innovations in the region through objects either made or owned in Bennington or created by artists with connections to the area. Exhibits include paintings by William Morris Hunt and Frederick MacMonnies; glass and metal works by Louis Comfort Tiffany; and the Martin Wasp, a 1920s luxury automobile made in Bennington by Karl Martin. The Works on Paper Gallery features drawings, prints, paintings and photographs by contemporary and historic artists.
Changing exhibits are available year-round. A genealogy research area and the Hadwen Woods and George Aiken Wildflower Trail also are on the grounds.
Cellphone audio tours are available.
Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.