Collections Overview

Bennington Museum presents the finest collection of art and historical artifacts of Bennington and the surrounding region including western New York State, southern Vermont, northwestern Massachusetts, and southern New Hampshire.

The expansive collection includes the best work of local artists, photographers, inventors, craftspeople, businesses, and factories. Approximately 30,000 objects, 15,000 photographs, 1,600 rare books and over 120 linear feet of archival material represent the region’s diverse arts, rich history, and culture of innovation from the 18th century to the present.  Selections from our collection are on exhibit in our galleries. Additional collection records may be accessed through our Searchable Online Database or clicking on a highlight below.

We are most famous for our Grandma Moses collection, 19th-century Bennington stoneware, Vermont paintings and furniture, and folk art. Recently, we began collecting the work of contemporary self-taught or outsider artists and the abstract paintings and sculpture created by a group of leading American modernists who gathered in Bennington in the 1950s through the 1970s.

If you are interested in making a donation to the museum’s collection, read more about it in under Support.

Grandma Moses
Folk & Outsider Art
Archives and Rare Books
Paintings & Sculpture
Mid-Century Modern
Battle of Bennington
Gilded Age Vermont
Vermont Furniture
Vermont History
Fashion and Textiles