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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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Connecticut
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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14 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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Belleville, Illinois
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

A beautiful show is on in this museum now "Glass Today: 21st-Century Innovations" until Sep. 21, 2014. I have never seen anything like this, color, light, shape, contemporary and elegance all together. You see Lino Tagliapietra's Angel Tear from every fine line and detail; Dale Chihuly's Silvered Venetian Saturn with Orange Flowers in a beautiful simplicity instead of his most... More

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This museum is a terrific hidden gem in the middle of Connecticut. A really great special exhibition and the permanent collection is a joy, especially the collection of original art work from 1930's sci-fi magazines! Well worth the trip!

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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We really didn't expect a lot from this museum, but it turned out to be quite a good art museum! It was full of surprises, including sculpture by Solon Borglum, Gutzon Borglum's younger, and for a while more famous, brother. (Gutzon sculpted Mount Rushmore.) When we were there, the was an amazing exhibition of tiny scale models of the studios... More

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Manchester, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We had heard of the museum, and finally went to see an art opening there. The museum is not as large as most, but the work that hangs there is the absolute best of American art. It's worth going just for the artist who is featured there for a short time. Hopper, Rockwell, and many others' work has been hung... More

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Connecticut
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The NBMAA is a gem. CT and New Britain can be so proud of it. It features the works of every significant American artist. And the presentations of the art works are exquisite. I particularly like the special exhibits as well. The museum is located next to a beautiful park designed by Olstead who also designed Central Park. This wonderful... More

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Springfield, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I went on First Night, which is the first Friday of every month. The exhibit was well worth the trip, and the music was great. I will continue to go there.

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