The quintessential New England town of Bennington is surrounded by spectacular, unspoiled natural beauty. It offers a blend of old and new, including museums, attractions, art and antique galleries, covered bridges, historic walking tours, specialty stores and boutiques, quality restaurants, and lodgings to suit any taste, from quaint inns and B & B’s to national chain hotels.
Welcome to the Bennington Museum
Our professional docents make it a priority meet each group visiting the museum with Vermont hospitality and offer a variety of ways to enjoy your time here. Customized tours can be designed to suit the interests and time allowed for your group’s visit by including particular exhibitions and tours of the area.
Advance reservations are required. For booking information, and special options, please contact our Group Tour Director by email or 802-447-1571. Whether you are a group of 10 or a full coach, we look forward to welcoming you to the Bennington Museum.
Self-guided tours allow your group to explore the museum galleries at their own pace. Trained personnel are available throughout the museum to answer questions or help direct visitors. Self-guided tours are $8.50 per person. One and one half hours should be planned for this type of visit to the museum.
Docent-guided tours can be arranged for the entire museum or particular exhibitions. Experienced docents well-versed in the changing and permanent exhibitions, can add interesting details to your group’s visit. A docent-guided tour can take 1 to 2 hours, and be custom-tailored to meet your timeline. A docent-guided tour is $10 per person and includes admission and our trained docent.
Old Bennington Step-on tour expands the visit to include many of the attractions in Old Bennington. In addition to a guided tour of the museum’s galleries, one of our trained docents will board the coach to guide your group as they explore the Bennington Monument, Old First Church, Robert Frost’s grave site, and, if time permits, a covered bridge, providing information about the history of the area and thereby adding depth to the Bennington experience. Custom tours can also be arranged to fit your needs and schedule. Price: $16 per person includes museum admission and our trained docent. Allow 2 ½ to 3 ½ hours for this tour.
Grandma Moses Step-on tour expands the visit to include a trip to Grandma Moses country, her home and Mt. Nebo Gallery. In addition to a guided tour of the museum’s galleries, one of our trained docents will board the coach to guide your group as they explore the rolling countryside that inspired Grandma Moses. Stop at the Old First Church and gravesite of Robert Frost, who was a contemporary of Grandma Moses. Pass the Bennington Monument and make a stop at the Henry Bridge before taking in the scenic countryside on your way the Grandma Moses home and Mt. Nebo Gallery now home to her great grandson Will Moses. Great photo ops on this tour. Our guide will provide information about the artist, how she got her start, and how she came to be so popular. As a special bonus, all purchases of Grandma Moses merchandise offered in the Bennington Museum Store will be discounted 15%. Price: $20 per person includes museum admission and our trained docent. Allow 3 ½ to 4 hours for this tour.
For all tours the bus driver and group tour leader received complimentary admission and a 10% discount in the Museum Store.
Payment and Reservations
Payment by a major credit card, cash or company check is accepted. Reservations are to be made at least two weeks in advance for all guided tours and two days in advance for a self-guided tour.
Every aspect of Bennington Museum is accessible for those in a wheelchair or with walkers. The museum has a wheelchair available for use on a first-come basis.
Should your group want to participate in any of our workshops, opening events, concerts or other activities that are taking place while you are visiting, we offer special packages and prices. Visit our calendar to see what special events are taking place and whether they coincide with your travel plans.
Lunch at the Museum
Many group tour leaders have expressed an interest in remaining on the museum property for lunch. We offer two options. Picnic tables in our outdoor pavilion can accommodate up to 35 people. It is available at no charge on a first-come basis (reservations must be made). The Paresky Court features open-beam cathedral ceilings, natural wood floors and the original exterior stonewalls of the old museum. This space must be reserved and is honored on a first come basis. A fee of $1 per person is applied for use of the beautifully appointed Paresky Court. Please click below for a menu to pre-order your box lunches. All orders must be made and paid for directly with the caterer at least two weeks in advance of your visit. Delivery will be made to the museum. If 30 or more lunches are ordered, the driver and guide receive lunch at no cost.