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New Britain Museum of American Art

56 Lexington St., New Britain, CT
8602290257
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in New Britain
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Owner description: Acknowledged as the first museum in the world dedicated solely to collecting American art, the NBMAA is renowned for its preeminent collection... more » 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. « less
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This museum is a tucked away gem. I enjoyed the guides tour and wealth of information provided by the staff there. I would recommend it for art lovers.

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New Haven, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

On and off, I had visited this museum over the years and enjoyed seeing it grow to its present form: spacious, well-organized, offering a great variety of art forms (mostly, but not exclusively paintings). I enjoyed a compact history of American painting, all of very high quality by famous artists, and there is also a conscious effort to present contemporary... More

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Avon, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This beautiful museum is a gem! People who have visited the lovely museum come back over and over to see the exhibits continually! It is a hidden gem in New Britain...I would suggest any art lover or any or any one who wants peace and quiet or just a nice lunch. Come and visit the NBMA. It is truly amazing... More

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connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

A quaint museum! I needed a day off from work to be away from all the hustle & bustle of daily life. My daughter attends college in New Britain and before she graduates I promised myself I would visit this museum. New Britain is some times called "hard hitten" New Britian, so I was not so sure of where it... More

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New Britain, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The New Britain Museum of American Art is a jewel. The museum offers a variety of different exhibits in addition to an impressive permanent collection. The museum is easily accessible a great place to spend an afternoon. The gift shop offers a variety of items at a reasonable price. The first Friday get togethers offer food and wine or beer... More

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Acton, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This definitely has the best benches of any museum! Each is a finely crafted piece, many of exotic woods, and all with a strong design element. Here you'll find the work of many great artists, thoughtfully interpreted. There are some truly remarkable pieces in the collection, such as the wonderful Thomas Hart Benton mural complete with a Decca recording of... More

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Connecticut
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This is a great 'hidden gem' in New Britain. There is a varied collection of early American to modern artists. They also have excellent special exhibits periodically - we saw a great show of glass art that was awe inspiring. The staff is friendly and helpful, and the admission fee is very reasonable. Definitely worth going out of your way... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We made an effort to come here to see its much herald impressionist collection, which, we found, not to be that extensive, although it was nice. What wowed us was the current Glass Exhibit! The sculptural works in this exhibit actually brought tears to my eyes--they were so innovative and stunningly beautiful. I wished I lived near by, I'd go... More

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Burlington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The Yale art museums are nice, and I have my favorite corners at the Met in NYC, but if I want a quick shot of really amazing art (Thomas Hart Benton, Wyeths, and others) I pop over to New Britain. The regular collection is small but top notch, and they have special exhibits that are great. This museum is small... More

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Sandwich, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This was our first encounter with this museum and we were delighted to find such a wonderful collection of American Artists! The special glass exhibit was delightful and very interesting. I'd certainly recommend this museum to others.

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