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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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New Haven, Connecticut
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101 reviews 101 reviews
46 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

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

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Woodmere, New York
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35 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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

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New Britain, Connecticut
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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.

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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

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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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.

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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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.

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New Haven, CT
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55 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 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

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Avon, Connecticut
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27 helpful votes 27 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

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connecticut
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
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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