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New Britain Museum of American Art

56 Lexington St., New Britain, CT
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in New Britain
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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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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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
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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56 helpful votes 56 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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Southington, Connecticut
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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!

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Farmington, Connecticut
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159 reviews 159 reviews
16 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 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.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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101 reviews 101 reviews
46 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 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

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Woodmere, New York
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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

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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
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.

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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.

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