Just west of downtown, the Bennington Museum houses the world’s largest public collection of Grandma Moses paintings. Founded as the Bennington Historical Association in 1852, it now exhibits of self-taught artists past and present and regional artists as contemporary as 3-D printing.
Recent shows have focused on Modernists with Vemront roots, including Helen Frankenthaler and Pat Adams, the state’s deep history of craft, photographers including international photojournalist Clemens Kalischer, and the illustrator Rockwell Kent.
The museum also highlights fine and decorative art, antiques, sculpture, military artifacts and vintage toys — and a 1924 Martin-Wasp touring car, one of only 20 produced.
Explore the Grandma Moses Schoolhouse, enjoy the Hadwen Woods Nature Trail, and complete the visit with a stop in the cafe and museum shop.
July through October:
Daily 10am-5pm Closed July 4
February 14 through June and
November through December:
Daily except Wednesday from 10am-5pm
Closed July 4, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday. The museum closes at 1pm on December 24 and December 31.