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Bennington, Vermont: Lincoln with Dumb Hat and Nude Boy Team Field Report

Bennington Museum

75 Main St., Bennington, VT
In the gated front courtyard of the Bennington Museum, which is on the west edge of town on the south side of Hwy 9/W. Main St. Access to statue is free, but only when the gate is open during museum hours.
Open 10-5. Closed W. Gated after hours. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Lincoln with Dumb Hat and Nude Boy

Allegorical characters didn't think to first put on clothes before meeting President Abraham Lincoln in this strange and disturbing sculpture. Report... [03/02/2012]

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Lincoln with Dumb Hat and Nude Boy

Don't bother, the Lincoln statue is covered up.

[Patricia Jordan, 10/13/2021]

That's a temporary cover; the statue was reported vandalized a few days ago by an unknown aggrieved party with red spray paint. Repairs may cost thousands.

Lincoln statue.

Lincoln with Dumb Hat and Nude Boy

World's most inappropriate Lincoln statue. The museum is easy to find but the statue isn't visible from the road, you will need to pull into the lot.

[Ginger Cameron, 06/26/2018]

Lincoln statue.

Bennington Museum Lincoln Statue

In the entry courtyard of the Bennington Museum is a statue of a standing Abe Lincoln, a little nude boy, and a young girl. The topless girl is kneeling with her face looking at Abe's face and he's holding her head at - shall we say - his middle body. Abe is wearing only a trench coat that goes down to his knees, and one half of it has been pulled around to cover the girl. It appears that something naughty is going on. The statue is a legitimate piece of art and the museum tries (via signs) many times during your visit to explain, to kids mainly, that the statue is just fine for when it was made.

[Bob, 08/08/2012]

The Lincoln statue is reportedly the most photographed object at the Bennington Museum, and definitely among the strangest Abes anywhere. Feb. 2013: Photo added.

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