Bennington County - Museum Directory
Please Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, information listed for open hours or events may not be accurate in 2020. We recommend contacting the organization directly to confirm before making plans to visit.
Bennington Museum & Bennington Historical Society
The Bennington Historical Society (BHS) mission is to research the history of Bennington and surrounding communities and share our insights with the public. The society organizes and presents programs in the Bennington Museum’s Ada Paresky Education Center usually on the third Sunday of each month.
Hours and Admission: See the Museum's website for current hours & rates.
Dorset Historical Society
The Dorset Historical Society and Bley House Museum features farm and household items, maps, photographs, early local Fenton stoneware, paintings, marble diorama locating all the marble quarries of Dorset, and a collection of Jessica Bond stencil art. The society owns The Pratt Genealogies which record, almost 50 years of data about early Dorset families (1856-1906).
Hours and Admission: Please visit the Society's web page for current information.
Landgrove Historical Society
Thursday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Manchester Historical Society
Hours and Admission: By appointment
Historical Society of Peru
The old cheese factory has space for displays and other uses, special programs, etc. The society has taped and transcribed oral histories (conducted following the bicentennial in 1991). There are also pictures and written material regarding people and places, as well as a few objects, including the front of the old post office, and inn furniture. Visitors by appointment.
Pownal Historical Society
There is no established museum. Meetings are held at the Solomon Wright Public Library. Visitors by appointment.
Readsboro Historical Society
Museum built in 1840 houses collections that include 3 ft x 5 ft photos of the village reproduced from glass plates (very impressive!), Hoosac Tunnel and Wilmington Railroad memorabilia, quilts from the 1850s and 1860s, furniture from the Readsboro Chair Shop, 1890s fire equipment, and written records of the town and school dating back to 1853.
Hours and Admission: June - October 1: by appointment. Handicap accessible.
Rupert Historical Society
The society's museum is located in the 1872 Rupert Village School, sharing quarters with the Rosalind K. Kittay Public Library. Items relating to local history are displayed in the entry hall and in the upstairs schoolroom. Also, visit our ca. 1840 saltbox house, adjacent to our museum- fully restored and furnished by RHS.
Hours and Admission: Saturday 10:00 a.m. - Noon or by appointment. "Some" Sundays.
Russell Vermontiana Collection
The Russell Vermontiana Collection is a collection of rare books and chronicles about Vermont, works by Vermont authors, photographs, historic documents of all types and sizes, and genealogies. The collection contents are particularly focused on the Vermont towns of Arlington, Sunderland, and Sandgate, but there is much from the rest of Vermont, as well as nearby New York and Massachusetts. The collection is the culmination of a life of collecting on the part of Dr. George A. Russell, who started his historic collection at the age of 12 and continued to add to it until his death in May of 1968 at the age of 89.
Hours and Admission: Tuesday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm or by appointment.
Shaftsbury Historical Society
The museum is housed in the former circa 1846 Baptist Meeting House, which is also used for religious services and community gatherings. There are 6000 artifacts, books, and documents, emphasizing old tools, Victorian fans, old church music books, railroad memorabilia, and Shaftsbury genealogical materials. There are special exhibits on one-room schools and religious and scientific views of creation. Activities include lectures and historic house tours.
Hours and Admission: Open weekends from May - October. Free.
Secondary Contacts: Winhall Town Clerk ((802) 297-2122), Winhall Town Administrator ((802) 297-2119)
This is the local museum and archives for Winhall.
Hours and Admission: Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, or by appointment.