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“A museum that does one thing well”

New Britain Museum of American Art
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in New Britain
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed July 23, 2009

I have been to many large and wonderful art galleries on three different continents. I love art and I am interested in many different schools of art. This museum is not large, but it is laid out well. It begins with a gallery that introduces the guest to an overall "history" of American art. Then it is divided into various theme rooms which are easy to relate to. My favourite room is the Hudson River School gallery, which is currently enhanced by paintings from Church, Moran and others which are on loan to the museum into 2010.

This is not a place to find European masters or artist from Japan... it sticks to American art and American artists and it does an excellent job of presenting the genre. Each frame is made more enjoyable by a more extensive history of the art work than you find in most galleries. If you like art and you are in CT, take the time to visit. You will be glad you did.

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Reviewed June 14, 2009

Wonderful and varied collection. Worth a trip. 1+ hour minimum to see

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Reviewed April 12, 2007

Beautiful new building houses some of the best American Impressionism I have seen. Roomy and nicely presented. Worth the trip short trip from Hartford or New Haven or further.

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