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New Britain Museum of American Art

56 Lexington St, 56 Lexington St., New Britain, Connecticut, New Britain, CT 06052
+1 860-229-0257
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Amazing art as expected, but incredible benches...creative, superb craftmanship

We, along 2 other couples, were in the general area for a show Friday night. Since we were staying... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
White Plains, New York
World-class American art in a beautiful setting

Great museum that we enjoyed tremendously. Located in a park setting, you enter the museum (free... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2017
Utica, New York
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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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56 Lexington St, 56 Lexington St., New Britain, Connecticut, New Britain, CT 06052
+1 860-229-0257
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We, along 2 other couples, were in the general area for a show Friday night. Since we were staying overnight, we decided to find something to do on Saturday morning. The reviews of the New Britain Museum of American Art were excellent so we decided...More

Thank Samsussman
Reviewed 2 November 2017

Great museum that we enjoyed tremendously. Located in a park setting, you enter the museum (free parking) through a small sculpture park. Reception was very friendly & as we turned to enter the galleries, there was the guard -- he was actually a sculpture but...More

Thank RonL40
Reviewed 25 October 2017

I have been to the New Britain Museum many times over the years, but I hadn't visited it since the new wing was built. I visit Connecticut a couple of times a year and was looking forward to seeing the new installation. I was disappointed...More

Thank Amy M
Reviewed 11 October 2017

My husband and I visited the New Britain Art Museum on Sunday, October 8th. We have been at this museum multiple times and have always enjoyed it because it has a wide variety of different types of artwork, including Hudson River Landscape Paintings, American Impressionism,...More

Thank kzsull01
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Something to see in every corner of the museum. Their newest exhibit 'California Dreaming' brings back times gone by. A truly great place with plenty of parking.

Thank Dennis M
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

California Dream..Three living, working , artists from a period when artists in California where inspired by Warhol etc going outside the box with imagery, materials and technique. Museum has other part time installations and commissioned work by living artists as well. This museum is not...More

Thank Nightengale61
Reviewed 8 July 2017

The New Britain Museum of American Art is a fabulous small museum devoted to educating the public about the history of art in the United States from the colonial era to the present. During a recent visit, we were delighted by a new exhibition about...More

Thank Traveller2010NYC
Reviewed 21 June 2017

Not a stuffy old museum! Lots of new and interesting art and sculpture. Fantastic events too! Make this a must stop on a visit

Thank TheFrostyMug
Reviewed 10 June 2017

Fantastic venue, surprisingly good museum in the heart of New Britain. Open, airy, beautiful architecture. Interesting range of styles and artists. Only problem: second floor is closed this month as they prepare the new exhibition, so you pay full price to see half a museum....More

Thank h h
Reviewed 30 May 2017

For "Americana," this museum may have no rival. It is hidden away (New Britain!) but is superbly laid out, a top-class collection. A must see in one's lifetime. Put it on our Bucket List.

Thank Robert H
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10 August 2015|
Response from NBMAA | Property representative |
There are many areas you could go for lunch/coffee. Of course, you could enjoy a nice lunch at the Museum's Café on the Park featuring hot and cold options with a terrace facing Walnut Hill Park. You can bring a picnic... More