Bennington Museum makes it a policy to meet each group visiting the museum with Vermont hospitality and offer a variety of ways to enjoy your time here. As always, the driver of the coach and the on-bus guide are admitted free and receive a 10% discount in our museum shop.
Self-guided tours allow your group to explore the museum galleries at their own pace. For 2016, your group may want to visit to June 15 when 3D Digital: Here and Now is on view. Who knew that the quintessential New England town of Bennington, VT was a hub of digital design and technology? Over the last fifteen years, there has been a profound transformation taking place in the way things are made, all across the world, and here in Bennington too. Artists, including Jon Isherwood, Willard Boepple, and Karolina Kawiaka have been exploiting the potential of new technologies to push material practice, while commercial design and manufacturing firms such Nahanco, Plasan NA, and Kaman Composites have been making products ranging from clothes hangers to cancer treatment beds all used quite literally around the world.
In collaboration, Bennington College and Bennington Museum are putting local innovation on view with the goal of inspiring more young entrepreneurs to put down roots in Bennington, and advance economic development in the region.
Coming to visit during the summer or fall? You are in for a special treat. From July 2 through November 6 enjoy the beautiful art of Milton Avery in Milton Avery's Vermont.
This is the first exhibition to take a focused look at the work this prominent American modernist created based upon his summers spent in southern Vermont, from the mid-1930s through the mid-1940s. Noted for his simultaneous commitment to exploring the formal, abstract qualities of art (line, texture, composition and, especially color) and the creation of representational images drawn from his daily encounters with people and places, Avery's Vermont work vividly captures his family's summer activities, and sketching both family members and the artist's personal response to the Vermont landscape.
Milton Avery’s Vermont examines Avery's artistic process, featuring pencil sketches executed en plein air, wonderfully fresh watercolors that were based on his sketches and many of his major oil paintings that were drawn from these sources and typically completed during the winter months in his New York studio.
The permanent galleries offer a full range of art, history and innovation. From the 1924 Wasp Touring Car, the focal point of the Gilded Age Vermont Gallery, to the Military Gallery which highlights the Battle of Bennington with military weapons, maps, and so much more. Also on permanent view is one of the oldest Stars and Strips in the country dating back to the early 1800s, and objects from the museum's collection of Bennington Pottery, the largest in the world. Bennington Modernism features works from teh early 1950s throught the mid-1970s by a group of avant-garde artists working in and around Bennington who led the nation in artistic thought and innovation. Amont the artists of national and international stature with local ties are Pat Adams, Willard Boepple, Anthony Caro, Paul Feeley, Helen Frankenthaler, Vincent Longo, Kenneth Noland and others. Perhaps others would like to spend time in our new works on paper gallery, with changing exhibitions featuring photography, prints, and more. Fine furniture, art, sculpture, and objects from the 18th century to today, are on view. The price for self-guided tours is $8.50 per person.
Docent-guided tours can be arranged for either the entire museum or particular exhibits. Our trained docents are well versed in our exhibits and can add interesting details to your group's visit. A docent-guided tour can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours depending on your schedule. And don't forget to allow time to shop in the museum store where unique items related to the exhibits, Grandma Moses and more can be found. Or, enjoy a cup of coffee, tea, and snack in the cafe. A docent-guided tour is $10 per person.
Step-on or Walking Tours enable your group to expand their visit to include Old Bennington which includes the Bennington Monument, the Old First Church and Robert Frost’s grave site, and historical landmarks on the way. Our docents will provide information about the history of the area offering a wonderful experience for the members of your group. This type of tour is $16.00 and takes 2 to 2 1/2 hours, again depending on the schedule your group is on. Should it be more convenient, we can conduct a docent-guided tour of the museum in the morning, your group can take a lunch break, and then the remainder of the tour can be conducted in the afternoon. It is the goal of the Bennington Museum to work with you in arranging the best visit possible. Custom tours can be arranged to fit your needs. Call our Group Tour Department at 802-447-1571 or write to us.
Use of Bennington Museum's Paresky Wing for lunch may be reserved in advance when available for an additional fee of $1 per person. Arrangements for lunch can be made directly with one of the eateries in town. These are available upon request.
Major credit cards are accepted and we request that reservations be made no less than one week in advance for a guided tour and two days in advance for a self-guided tour. The Bennington Museum is accessible to wheelchair bound visitors.
There are so many ways your group can explore the Bennington Museum. Contact us for details.