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New Britain Museum of American Art

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Address: 56 Lexington St, 56 Lexington St., New Britain, Connecticut, New Britain, CT 06052
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+1 860-229-0257
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Wed 11:00 - 17:00
Thu 11:00 - 20:00
Fri 11:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Acknowledged as the first museum in the world dedicated solely to...

Acknowledged as the first museum in the world dedicated solely to collecting American art, the NBMAA is renowned for its preeminent collection spanning three centuries of American history. The award-winning Chase Family Building, which opened in 2006 to critical and public acclaim, features 15 spacious galleries which showcase the permanent collection and upwards of 25 special exhibitions a year featuring American masters, emerging artists and private collections. Education and community outreach programs for all ages include docent-led school and adult tours, teacher services, studio classes and vacation programs, Art Happy Hour gallery talks, lectures, symposia, concerts, film, monthly First Friday jazz evenings, quarterly Museum After Dark parties for young professionals, and the annual Juneteenth celebration. Enjoy Café on the Park for a light lunch prepared by “Best Caterer in Connecticut” Jordan Caterers. Visit the Museum Shop for unique gifts. Drop by the “ArtLab” learning gallery with your little ones. Gems not to be missed include Thomas Hart Benton’s murals “The Arts of Life in America,” “The Cycle of Terror and Tragedy, September 11, 2001” by Graydon Parrish,” and Dale Chihuly’s “Blue and Beyond Blue” spectacular chandelier. Called “a destination for art lovers everywhere,” “first-class,” “a full-size, transparent temple of art, mixing New York ambience with Yankee ingenuity and all-American beauty,” the NBMAA is not to be missed.

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Amazing gem of a museum!

On a rainy day we decided to take a stroll through this museum where I had not visited in decades when my children were young. It was so impressive! How lovely to have a museum... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

On a rainy day we decided to take a stroll through this museum where I had not visited in decades when my children were young. It was so impressive! How lovely to have a museum dedicated to American art. The layout, the selection, the staff were nothing short of outstanding. The 911 piece alone is worth the trip. Mesmerizing!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Even if you just drop by there she wants her newest addition to our you will be amazed at the quality of art that is found in the museum . Try to drop by as often as we can .

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved this museum. Excellent juried "members' exhibition." Great collection of early American and American impressionist, as well as more recent art. Well displayed and explained. And there was a free concert when we were there!

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Farmington, Connecticut
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The NBMAA has always been a star in the crown of the industrial city of New Britain, but now that its addition has been completed, it is even more worth a visit. Anyone interested in American art, from Colonial period to contemporary, will find something to enjoy here. There are also great visiting exhibits; we've enjoyed everything from Toulouse Lautrec... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

new Britain was very interesting, lots of history in this town. love being so close to all lthe highways..

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Reviewed 21 April 2017

The New Britain Museum of Art is one we always go to when we have out of town guests. Easy to get to and lots of parking. For the cost of the pass you can spend the entire day and take your time as you move from room to room. Always new/updated exhibits which make visiting frequently more fun. They... More 

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Bristol, CT
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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

American art, antiquities, Hudson River landscapes, early Italian religious paintings, it's all here, along with some wonderful modern stuff too. A real gem, highly recommended! Plan on at least 2-3 hours.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

This was a special exhibit - private collection. And the other exhibits out standing. Many famous artist.

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Farmington, Connecticut
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

The NBMAA is without a doubt a world-class art museum, it amazes me that so many Connecticut residents have never visited, and don't even know that it exists! The collections are beautiful and eclectic, the natural setting on lovely Walnut Hill Park is idyllic, and even the viewing benches in each of the galleries are works of art as well.... More 

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Reviewed 30 March 2017

I am not really into art in a big way but enjoyed browsing around this nice little museum. The staff were friendly and helpful. My daughter in law thoroughly enjoyed her visit as she has a masters in Art and was impressed by the range of art on show.

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