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On Friday, July 3rd, Bennington Museum will celebrate the long-awaited start of the summer season- and we want YOU to be there!

From 5pm to 8pm the Avocado Pit will set up shop in front of the Museum’s gates, serving delicious tacos. Food may be eaten anywhere on the grounds, and alcohol may be consumed within the gates and other designated areas. Due to COVID, the liquor permitting process has been slower than normal and so we do encourage you to BYOB for this event.

Any visitor who purchases food from the Avocado Pit or who presents a receipt from any other Bennington restaurant may enter the Museum for 50% off the price of admission.

From 6pm to 7pm Bennington Museum will host The Bennington Traditional Jazz Band (BTJB) in the courtyard, free of charge. The public is encouraged to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs and to arrive early as the courtyard capacity will be limited to 25 total.

With one foot planted firmly in the southern, dixieland tradition and the other in the Tin Pan Alley/ American Songbook, the BTJB presents a dynamic mix of hip, rhythmic complexity coupled with nostalgic, old-tyme melodies. Drawing from the best of both traditions, the BTJB features well-known local talent:

Bill Cottrell—soprano saxophone, trumpet
Woody Strobeck—trombone
Dave Banulis—guitar
Dave Cuite—bass
Jeff McRae—drums

COVID Policies
All visitors ages 2 and older must wear face coverings when inside the Museum. Jane Stickle Quilt masks will be for sale in the gift shop if you forget to bring your own.
Masks are required in our courtyard unless you are eating.
When entering the Museum all visitors will have their temperature checked and those with a temperature of over 100 will be asked to return another day.
HAND SANITIZER: Hand sanitizing stations are being made available throughout the Museum as well as in front of the entrance doorway.
DISTANCING: Guests in unrelated parties must maintain 6 feet of distance between each other both inside and outside the Museum. On July 3rd, the Museum will provide cones and signage to assist with this, and will be monitoring the courtyard and immediate grounds to ensure safety measures are being met.
A complete list of Museum COVID policies, Museum Admission, and Hours can be found on the VISIT page.