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New Britain Museum of American Art

Address: 56 Lexington St., New Britain, CT
Phone Number: 8602290257
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in New Britain
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: Acknowledged as the first museum in the world dedicated solely to collecting American art, the...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - 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
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.

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Glastonbury, Connecticut
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46 reviews 46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

To steal a slogan from a well known retailer, this NBMAA is "never the same place twice". I was lucky enough to see the recent quilt exhibit along with the f.64 photography exhibit and found that they met the usual high quality the museum is known for. Douglas Hyland and his staff are doing an excellent job. It's wonderful to... More 

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Stratford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

A great collection of art in all forms in a beautiful setting and easy to negotiate. Many well known artists as well as local people who we were not familiar with. Particularly loved the Thomas Benton exhibition.

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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

I went here one afternoon with my mother and nine year old son. We arrived late in the afternoon and they allowed us to enter as guests, free of charge, since there was only an hour and 15 mins til close. The facility is modern and beautiful. They had gorgeous pieces and everything was clean and accessible with both stairs... More 

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
25 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

The current quilt exhibit which runs until early January is stunning. The selection of quilts covers early works to current pieces by well know Connecticut artists. The display is handsomely hung to accentuate the best of the pieces with excellent descriptive material on each work. In addition there is an hour-long Wisconsin PBS video on the history of quilting from... More 

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Connecticut
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

A lovely museum with an eclectic mix of items, well curated. Shop in the terrific gift shop and enjoy the small cafe with yummy, reasonably priced lunch items (outdoor patio in the summer), and you have a delightful afternoon outing. Plus they have excellent special events and talks. A little gem in central Connecticut.

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W. Hartford, CT
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118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

we recently attended the special exhibit on quilts. It was very well done. There were quilts from the 1800's up through modern times. There was also an exhibit of B&W photos featuring Ansel Adams and his contemporaries. This museum is first rate for American artists.

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Torrington, Connecticut
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12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Far exceeded my expectations with wonderful exhibits of old and new paintings plus a whole section of Quits. You can spend 1-2 hours and only wish there was more! Using Groupon made this a terrific value.

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

so much to see here. this was my first visit to yale so it was all new to me.a large eclectic collection. would have to visit again as some things were just so interesting. I asked the young enthusiastic staff where to get a bite to eat and they suggested atticus I was very pleased with their information.

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HartfordCt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We do not go to museums on a regular basis so when we did go we were very happy with the New Britain Museum of American Art. The weekend that we went there was a glass exhibit that was great. As we wondered around the rest of the museum we were surprised at how large it was and how many... More 

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Connecticut
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

A gem. This was a stop in the middle of a three week browsing of the NYC hallmark museums with family (including young teen) visiting from France. We were drawn by the volume of American artists on display. Exhibits are thoughtfully arranged. Gallery spaces well lit, inviting. The European guests highly complimented this museum. The glass gallery was wonderful and... More 

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