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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
Phone Number: 18602290257
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Museum of American Art

I went to the 1st Friday of the month event. There was a live band and dancing, food, and outstanding art. It was a wonderful night. Had a very good time.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
34Misha12
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Bristol, Connecticut
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Bristol, Connecticut
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I went to the 1st Friday of the month event. There was a live band and dancing, food, and outstanding art. It was a wonderful night. Had a very good time.

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New Britain, Connecticut
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This museum is a real treasure. Their permanent collection is wonderful and the special exhibits they bring in are always interesting. The building and galleries are not overwhelming and the setting is across from a lovely park. They have music on the First Friday of the month and many other special events throughout the year.

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Thank Karen R
New Britain, Connecticut
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It is great local museum. There are presented many American artists and interesting event program. The architecture of museum itself is good also. It has free access every Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM.

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Thank Alex N
Southington, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Attended a holiday party at this museum, never even knew it held functions. A great place for functions.

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Thank Lori M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The New Britain Museum of American Art is a treasury of exceptional gifts. Look for Albert Bierstadt's Seal Rock; you can feel the movement of wave. Upstairs is the painting representing the Twin Tower disaster that is not to be missed. Childe Hassam has a painting of a dragon cloud that is wonderfully imaginative. Don't forget to greet the security... More 

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Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

We have been to this museum a few times. We like the building itself and wandering around to view the various art on display. We have attended some live music events held there as well. It is located near the town park and it is a pleasant area for an afternoon walk.

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New Britain, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Well worth a visit, even if art museums are not tops on your list, you will find this enjoyable. The Museum is very open and bright, with art for many different palates. First Friday of the month, in the evening is a meet and mingle for people with like interest.

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New Britain, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

This gorgeous museum offers not only a grand collection of American art, but also a great party on the first Friday of every month. December's First Friday featured dozens of crafts people and artisans offering their wares, but fresh food, wine & soft drinks, and live music - a dance band downstairs and a tuba quartet upstairs! What a blast!

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

This is one of the most overlooked cultural attractions in Connecticut! It is the first EVER museum established in this country devoted solely to American art. It is really a wonderful place to spend a few hours and if you live in the area and haven't gone, you really should visit. There is ample parking as well as free street... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Do not miss this museum! We spent around 3 hours here one morning and could easily have spent longer. A thoughtful, representative collection which is very well curated. I particularly like the fact that they have decided that new purchases will only be from modern up and coming artists, this is a brave decision and a tremendous way to support... More 

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