Bennington Museum reopening Friday with new hours

Bennington Potter exhibit at the Bennington Museum

Bennington Potter exhibit at the Bennington Museum, 2017. (Frank Di Martino / Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

BENNINGTON, Vt. (NEWS10) — The Bennington Museum is reopening its doors to visitors starting Friday at 1 p.m. The new hours for galleries and shops are Monday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., and till 8 p.m. on Fridays.

The regular tickets price is $12. Students and seniors pay $10, and it’s free for members and visitors under 17. You can also save 50% on admission with a receipt from any restaurant in Bennington.

Opening day festivities will include:

  • Avocado Pit restaurant serving food and drinks Fridays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • The Bennington Traditional Jazz Band offering free music from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Music and food will also be available every Friday in July at those times.

There are new exhibits at the museum: the People’s Choice Exhibition displays selections voted on by guests, and the North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show Extension features local work from 18 talented artists.

The museum says it has instituted several COVID-19 safety protocols:

  • Visitors 2 and up must wear masks covering noses and mouths
  • Anyone with a temperature over 100 F will be turned away
  • Hand sanitizer stations installed throughout
  • Signage and distance markers remind visitors to social distance in lines
  • Occupancy limits in place at each gallery
  • Cashless payment only
  • Daily deep cleaning of all hard surfaces

Guests should bring their own face covering, but they are also available for sale at the museum store. The museum also asks people feeling unwell or who may have been in contact with a covid patient to stay home.

The Grandma Moses Schoolhouse and the Museum’s Research Library are staying closed for now. However, you can still send research inquiries to the Collections Manager via email.

“We are very happy to be able to welcome back visitors to Bennington Museum in a controlled and limited way to help ensure the safety of visitors and staff.”

Joshua Campbell Torrance
Executive Director of the Bennington Museum

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