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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
Phone Number: 18602290257
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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A stunningly good museum!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The new wing of NBMAA is open and stunning. It catches up of portions of American Art treated a bit lightly in some former exhibits and has the room to really showcase the treasures new and old. As a final gift, the out-going curator [largely responsible for the modern art] has created an exhibit of his Favorites. Extraordinary. The best.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great Museum! We love the New Britain Museum of American Art. Wonderful galleries and small enough to see everything in an afternoon. Great classes and Kid's areas too.

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Plainville, Connecticut
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

The displays here are interesting and well planned. With the addition of more space, the museum will be able to add to its excellent displays of American art and continue to feature local artists and programs.

Thank Judyfoto
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Opening this weekend is the brand new building of our country's oldest continuously operating museum of American Art. Designed as a matching extension to the building completed in 2006, art exhibition space has been increased by 40% allowing for galleries to be explored with new themes and collections. The museum is welcoming to families and individuals with varying interests, offering... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Wonderful collection! Great variety. Special events or artists featured often. Events for kids as well.

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Santa Rosa, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

A friend who lives in the area took me here. I had never heard of it but she said I was in for a great surprise. I was not disappointed. Just large enough so you can savor all the artworks without developing museum fatigue. The interior spaces and galleries in the modern building are perfectly suited to their purposes. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Wow! What a great museum right in our back yard. We were very impressed. I would definitely go again. Reasonably priced.

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New Britain, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

This wonderful museum has an extensive collection of paintings and sculptures including modern pieces. There are many activities including a monthly first Friday evening of music, tours, and drinks. Its situation at the edge of Walnut Hill Park make it an attractive place to spend a morning or an afternoon both indoors and outdoors.

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Northampton, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Ok I know New Britain isn't usually on the list of erudite day trips but don't shortshrift yourself of the easy parking and ample quality of art available to appreciate at this American Museum. Even got some Christmas shopping done in its charming little gift shop. Just $15 admission to visit in a safe, well lit, secure corner of this... More 

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