We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

New Britain Museum of American Art

56 Lexington St., New Britain, CT
8602290257
Website
Improve this listing
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
Write a Review

145 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    118
    25
    1
    0
    1
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Southington, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We so enjoyed our afternoon here. We were greater by someone who was very helpful and pleasant. The displays and the presentation of all the artwork was educational easy to reach and read about and beautiful. What a pleasant surprise and what a surprise that the security guard that I started to smile at was a very realistic statue!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Farmington, Connecticut
Top Contributor
159 reviews 159 reviews
16 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We are members and love this small museum. Today we saw an exhibit of glass that was terrific. The pieces were made by over 80 different artists. The lighting made all the difference. It was extremely colorful. Today it rained so there were many people at the museum. I would highly recommend a visit.

Was this review helpful? Yes
New Haven, Connecticut
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
46 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We went to see their "Glass Today" exhibit before it ended, and it was fantastic. Such an array of mind-blowing and imaginatively beautiful pieces! We also saw some works in a couple of other rooms, all excellent, but there's still lots left to see for a second visit. This was our first time in New Britain, which seemed pretty run-down... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Woodmere, New York
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
38 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

There is a particularly wonderful glass exhibit at present but there is always something wonderful to see in this museum which has a rally beautiful park next to it. The permanent works are terrific and the news pieces are exciting and unique. It is one of our favorite places to visit. It has a very nice gift shop and lovely... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
New Britain, Connecticut
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

great art at a good price (made even more affordable currently by a Groupon deal). Parking is easily available and cheap both in museum lot and nearby.

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Absolutely a beautiful museum. Wonderful art. Has a nice luncheonette. Beautiful grounds. On the first Friday of every month there is a Jazz band, food, soda and wine. Right now there is a wonderful glass exhibit. A must see. There is a small fee to get in.The museum is few yards away from Walnut Hill Park, where people run, walk,... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Springfield, Massachusetts
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This museum was a very pleasant surprise. Went on Saturday of Labor Day weekend was surprised at the large number of people. Building was well organized and had a nice selection of art covering the last 250 years. The special display of glass art was beautiful. Located next to a very nice park it was well worth the trip.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
New Haven, CT
Top Contributor
125 reviews 125 reviews
55 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Avon, Connecticut
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
12 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed New Britain Museum of American Art also viewed

 

Been to New Britain Museum of American Art? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing