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New Britain Museum of American Art

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Address: 56 Lexington St., New Britain, CT
Phone Number: 8602290257
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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
Description: 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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So much inside and so professional

went to the Toulouse-Lautrecs WORLD display that introduced me to the NBMAA - great place to relax and slow down life and enjoy the works of art on display.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 2, 2015
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13 reviews 13 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

went to the Toulouse-Lautrecs WORLD display that introduced me to the NBMAA - great place to relax and slow down life and enjoy the works of art on display.

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Groton, Connecticut
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Took my 13 yr. old g-daughter to the museum. A variety of American artists represented by Benjamin West, Thomas Cole, Frederick Childe Hassam and others are in permanent galleries. On Loan exhibitions are also exhibited. I really appreciated the commissioned sculptures and benches located on the grounds as well as in the building. Classes and workshops are offered as well... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I visited the New Britain FANTASTIC Museum of American Art on a Saturday morning and therefore didn't have to pay an entrance fee. If you come before 12 o'clock - no ticket is needed. I loved everything about this museum: The magnificent building is modern and beautiful and stands in a lovely park with lots of great sculptures. Near the... More 

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Raymond, Maine
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8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

The collection is quite impressive and the museum is well laid out. It is a real gem and very much worth the trip.

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CT
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This was a wonderful 2 story art museum. I was so surprised by the varied art throughout it. The Otis Kaye exhibit was amazing to see. I look forward to returning again with my family.

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Fayetteville, Georgia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

DON'T, and I repeat, DON'T even think of visiting central CT & skipping this museum. This is an absolute MUST-SEE. I had the luxury of being taken to this museum when I was a child by non-art loving parents. (No idea how that happened) & then luck struck twice! At Washington Jr High School, a dedicated English Teacher, Miss Berson,... More 

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Weston, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We were really impressed. It's not big, but they do have an impressive collection of American art - early American up to modern. Well laid out - they also have a nice kids room with interactive hands-on activities. The Sunday we were there they had a jazz quartet offering a free concert as well. Very nice visit.

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Westbrook
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

A true gem hidden in one of CT's smaller cities, the NBMA houses thousands of marvelous pieces of American art. Donors are so enchanted the collection continues to grow, so the rotation sharpens the appeal by inspired curation. I love the giant Chilhuly hanging in the stairwell, but the newer piece brilliantly places close to it shows contrasting styles and... More 

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We're locals and we visit the NBMAA 2-3 times a year. The museum is opening new exhibits regularly and having major collections donated. The permanent collection is very extensive, and a few non-American artists are in the museum here and there! My favorite piece is the large Dale Chihuly glass sculpture hanging in the main stairway. Most recently we enjoyed... More 

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CT
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

I love this museum and I'm looking forward to the new wing being finished. The museum does a great job with rotating its exhibits. Its Museum After Dark parties which are held once a quarter are a great way to discover the museum, experience new music, and meet new people. Go check it out!

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