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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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10:00 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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There's always something fresh and interesting at this museum. No matter what kind of art you like, there will be something here for you to enjoy. If you don't think you like... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

There's always something fresh and interesting at this museum. No matter what kind of art you like, there will be something here for you to enjoy. If you don't think you like art museums, this could be the one that changes your mind because it's often light-hearted and its collections contain plenty of things that go a little outside of... More 

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Bristol, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Fantastic museum with exquisite pieces. Not a huge museum, just right. Great experience forall ages. Check website for current features shows.

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Plainville, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Try to go each quarter as the museum does bring in different exhibits. Excellent changing displays, informative staff and nice gift shop. This museum will surprise you.

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Eastchester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We arrived 1/2 hour before the museum's posted opening time on a bright Sunday morning. It was a beautiful, tranquil time to take in the sculpture garden that surrounds the museum itself. Even though they are still preparing for the opening of a new addition, the sculptures were still lovely. The museum holds a small but complete collection which gives... More 

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This is a fantastic museum. The collection is eclectic and has many rotating and experimental exhibits. It is currently doubling it gallery space and will have a dedication to the new space in October.

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New Britain, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Wow this is a wonderful Museum inside and outside with a pretty park as back ground! A great place to see lovely art and then have lunch in the park! A must see!

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Wallingford, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Just the best place to view a wide assortment of American Art. Oft changing exhibitions include sculpture, modern, impressionist, Hudson River Valley, masters, lesser known artists, contemporary, and previous century painters. Recent exhibits include: quilts, Shaker crafts, and Maurice Sendak. The permanent collection is superb and easily viewed during one visit as the museum is of modest size. A delightful... More 

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Bristol, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This museum always features local artist and is a great piece of CT history. Showing just about every genre there is. They have a lot of events for children, and a great gift shop for artsy folks wanting local wares or great art books.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This is a small neighborhood museum with a wonderful collection of American Art. I would recommend a visit when you are in the area. Parking is free and they have a very nice gift shop as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This museum is a city gem. Set next to the prettiest park in town, this local museum has a world class collection of American artists. They also do a great job at offering programs for families and kids. This is a must see for any art lover!

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