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Bennington Area Attractions: Art & History

Got some free time? Parents coming to visit and you're looking for a place to explore? You've come to the right spot!

Information is subject to change. For up-to-date hours, admission cost, etc., please refer to the linked web site for each institution.

Laumeister Art Center at Southern Vermont College
44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington, VT  

Hours & Admission
Admission for students with ID is FREE.

From the websiteThe Laumeister Art Center strives to provide fine arts, graphic arts, performing arts, and cultural arts to the residents, visitors, and students of Bennington and the surrounding area. It is a comprehensive arts center, featuring 7 galleries, art studios, a 315-seat theater, the Vermont Covered Bridge Museum, and an extensive collection of Native American and wildlife art. 

Bennington Museum
75 Main Street, Bennington, VT  

Hours & Admission
Free admission for local college students with current ID.

From the websiteArt and artifacts range in date from the early 18th century to the present. Items include the largest public collection of paintings by the great American folk artist Grandma Moses... Also on permanent exhibit is Vermont-made furniture, Ralph Earl’s painting of Bennington in 1798, a 1924 Martin Wasp touring car… and Bennington pottery featuring Norton pottery, Fenton pottery and Redware. The Flag Gallery features one of the oldest “stars and stripes” in existence – the Bennington Flag. The museum also maintains a Research Library with a substantial nucleus of New England historical and genealogical materials, including over 8,000 books, documents and primary sources.

Southern Vermont Arts Center
930 SVAC Drive, West Road, Manchester, VT

Hours & Admission
Free admission for all. 

From the website: The mission of the Southern Vermont Arts Center is to make both the visual and performing arts an integral part of the life of our community and region. See the SVAC website for events and classes.

Mass MoCA
87 Marshall St., North Adams, MA  

Hours & Admission
Free admission with SVC library pass, which can be checked out for up to 4 days. Pass admits up to 2 adults and 2 children.  (Child = under 16).

MASS MoCA hosts many live events, from films to dance parties, and music festivals like Fresh Grass and Wilco’s Solid Sound

From the website: MASS MoCA is one of the world’s liveliest centers for making and enjoying today’s most evocative art. With vast galleries and a stunning collection of indoor and outdoor performing arts venues, MASS MoCA is able to embrace all forms of art: music, sculpture, dance, film, painting, photography, theater, and new, boundary-crossing works of art that defy easy classification. Much of the work we show in our light-filled spaces... is made here during extended fabrication and rehearsal residencies that bring hundreds of the world’s most brilliant and innovative artists to North Adams all year round.

The Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute
225 South Street, Williamstown, MA  

Hours & Admission
Free admission for students with a valid ID.

The Clark hosts a number of lectures and other events during the year. See the calendar for details

From the website: Opened to the public in 1955, the Clark has built upon [an] extraordinary group of works to become one of the most beloved and respected art museums in the world, known for its intimate galleries and stunning natural environment. 

Williams College Museum of Art
15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Ste 2 Williamstown, MA  

Hours & Admission
Free admission for all.

From the website: The Williams College Museum of Art makes dynamic art experiences to incite new thinking about art, museums, and the world.

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