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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
Today
11:00 - 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
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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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i love this place. it is right on the same property as walnut hill park so before or after the museum you can go on a walk. they have wonderful pieces and oftentimes have special... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

i love this place. it is right on the same property as walnut hill park so before or after the museum you can go on a walk. they have wonderful pieces and oftentimes have special concerts or exhibitions. i have my go to favorite pieces!

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West Hartford, CT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Superb collection. One of the finest regional museums in the USA. Great Hudson River school. Many excellent contemporary pieces also

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Maybe you wouldn't think that New Britain would have a state-of-the-art museum space that would feature a prized collection of American art, but you would be wrong. This is a new facility that has an expansive collection of American masters from the colonial period to the modern day. While there are some gaps in the collection (or maybe some significant... More 

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New Britain, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

everything you would ever need in a small city art museum.the staff are very attentive ,and there seems to be new additions all the time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A remarkable collection featuring the Mt. Rushmore (and then some) of American artists. The NBMAA is perfectly sized for a leisurely afternoon. You'll leave the current special exhibit (The Collection of Gail and Ernst von Metzsch) knowing that contemporary American art is in highly skilled hands.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can see all the excellent artwork here, in a beautiful building, in one afternoon. There is a pleasant cafe with indoor and terrace seating and good, simple lunch and snacks. The collection has examples of excellent American art from many periods, with especially fine contemporary galleries. Changing shows are thoughtfully curated; all the work is well-lighted. There are clever,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Go there today, you be amazed and surprised. What a museum. You would think that small town such New Britain would have such a gem? It does.

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Berlin, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Wonderful collection of American Art. Saturday 10-12 was free admission last time that I visited. Spend a couple of hours taking in the old and new. Nice town park (Walnut Hill) is out back if you want a lovely walk or picnic.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

The new gallery space provides more opportunities for in-depth looks at different artists and styles, from colonial to 21st century. I was there for the opening of the second show in the Shaker Gallery, highlighting their skill at woodworking. Lunch at the cafe was a delight, with choices such as a cranberry and brie quesadilla with a salad and some... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

An excellent representation of American Art from colonial days to now. If you can get past the guard at the door, you are in for an enjoyable 2-3 hours of fantastic art. Lunch in the cafe was tasty too.

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