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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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A Gem of a museum

Something to see in every corner of the museum. Their newest exhibit 'California Dreaming' brings... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dennis M
Wethersfield, Connecticut, United States
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California Dream..Three living, working , artists from a period when artists in California where... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2017
Aurora, Ohio
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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 1 week ago

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 7 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 9 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 29 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
Reviewed 29 May 2017

The first floor of this museums is amazing for it's collection of American Art a do not miss on the Ct Art Trail. The second floor is modern which I'm never crazy about, but the museum is amazing.

Thank Jackalcall
Reviewed 22 May 2017

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...More

Thank Regina M
Reviewed 17 May 2017

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 .

Thank Deb A
Reviewed 15 May 2017

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!

Thank nos-im
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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