Press Office

We highly value our relationship with local writers, editors, and members of the press, and want to keep you, along with the public, up to date on the latest museum news, exhibitions, events, and programs.  If you are not receiving our press releases or calendar and would like to, please contact the museum’s press office to be added to the group.  Press releases, hi-resolution images for editorial publicity, and other materials may be obtained by sending an e-mail to  press@benningtonmuseum.org or by calling 802-447-1571 extension 204.

Members of the media are always granted free admission to the museum.  Upon arrival, ask for the Public Relations Director and simply present your business card or media badge.  You and a guest can visit for free.  If you would like to schedule an interview or photo shoot, please contact us at the number or email above.

Press Releases

Village Enlightenment: Print Culture in Rural Vermont 1810-1860

June 14th, 2019|Comments Off on Village Enlightenment: Print Culture in Rural Vermont 1810-1860

Village Enlightenment: Print Culture in Rural Vermont, 1810-1860, brings to light the widespread and growing interest in rural New England for printed matter that could spread knowledge during the development of the American Republic. The belief was held that through rationalism, scientific reasoning, and exploration, and most importantly, in this context, the distribution of that knowledge via printed matter, humans could harness the world that they lived in and turn it to their benefit.

BHS presents David Redding – Hanged in Bennington

June 14th, 2019|Comments Off on BHS presents David Redding – Hanged in Bennington

On June 11, 1778, Loyalist David Redding was hanged on the Bennington town green for "inimical conduct." Ethan Allen, having been recently released from a British prison, served as State's prosecutor. It became Vermont's first hanging. Holland tells the story of Redding's trial and execution which was only the beginning of his odyssey through history.

Small in Size – Vast in Scale and Power – Color | Gesture: Emily Mason

May 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on Small in Size – Vast in Scale and Power – Color | Gesture: Emily Mason

The very popular “Music at the Museum” series continues on Sunday, May 26 at 2:00 pm in the Ada Paresky Education Center at the Bennington Museum with Honoring Beethoven. Now in its fourth year, the concerts presented in Music at the Museum are as diverse as the Museum’s collection. This concert is free and open to the public thanks to the support of Alison Nowak and Robert Cane. Reservations are not required.

Music at the Museum presents Honoring Beethoven

May 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on Music at the Museum presents Honoring Beethoven

The very popular “Music at the Museum” series continues on Sunday, May 26 at 2:00 pm in the Ada Paresky Education Center at the Bennington Museum with Honoring Beethoven. Now in its fourth year, the concerts presented in Music at the Museum are as diverse as the Museum’s collection. This concert is free and open to the public thanks to the support of Alison Nowak and Robert Cane. Reservations are not required.

FREE Admission for Everyone on May 11

April 29th, 2019|Comments Off on FREE Admission for Everyone on May 11

On Saturday, May 11 from 10 am to 5 pm admission to Bennington Museum is FREE for ALL visitors and the lineup for engagement is outstanding. Join us for art, history, exhibition openings, activities and more! All free!

Spring Issue of the Walloomsack Review Now Available

April 18th, 2019|Comments Off on Spring Issue of the Walloomsack Review Now Available

Bennington Museum is publishing two issues of the Walloomsack Review this season. On the cover of Volume 23 is an image of the “Black youth” who led captured Hessians after the Battle of Bennington. This image sets the stage for the articles in this issue which include topics pertaining to the history of African-Americans in Vermont and how Vermonters engaged with the civil rights movement. The second publication, is a special edition that contains articles written by current students at Bennington College. Both address interesting and timely topics.

Diseased Pines Come Down

April 18th, 2019|Comments Off on Diseased Pines Come Down

The George Aiken Wildflower Trail is an engaging garden covering six acres of Bennington Museum’s 10-acre property. While the wildflowers of the area continue to thrive, the Eastern White Pines have been almost universally infected by red rot (Fomes pini), a fungus that penetrates the heart of the trunk, severely weakening it. After more than a decade of study, in June 2018 the Museum’s Executive Committee voted reluctantly to remove the pine forest, and begin implementing plans for a new landscape designed by Reed Hilderbrand, one of the foremost firms of landscape architects in the nation.

Bennington Museum Executive Director Takes New Position at Bruce Museum

April 12th, 2019|Comments Off on Bennington Museum Executive Director Takes New Position at Bruce Museum

The Board of Trustees of Bennington Museum announces that current Executive Director Robert Wolterstorff will be leaving his position with the Museum to become The Susan E. Lynch Executive Director of the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, on June 1. Wolterstorff has served as the Executive Director of the Bennington Museum since summer of 2012.

How Much is It Worth?

April 1st, 2019|Comments Off on How Much is It Worth?

Are you wondering how much something is worth, or what it actually did way back when? Join us on Saturday, April 13 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. for Bennington Museum’s Appraisal Fair. Bring family heirlooms or the odd, quirky piece you always wanted to know about, get it appraised and have your questions answered. Appraisals are $5 per item, with a limit of five items.

Up Home: Hand-Colored Photographs by Susanne and Neil Rappaport

March 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on Up Home: Hand-Colored Photographs by Susanne and Neil Rappaport

Who was Minnie Griswold and what her life was like are the questions being unwrapped in Up Home: Hand-Colored Photographs by Susanne and Neil Rappaport. First unveiled at the Vermont Folklife Center in February, 2018, the collection of over 45 hand-colored photographs taken in Minnie Griswold’s Pawlet, Vermont home are now on view at Bennington Museum, March 30 through June 11. This exhibition brings together the best in documentary work and artistic expression.

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