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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 06052
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+1 860-229-0257
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - 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
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Water color painting class

A great place with great instructor to teach the art of water color painting. The museum also has a cafe where you can grab a bite to eat their egg salad sandwich is one the best... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great place with great instructor to teach the art of water color painting. The museum also has a cafe where you can grab a bite to eat their egg salad sandwich is one the best I've ever had.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been to the New Britain Museum of American Art many times and recently visited their new addition. Some art museums, and I could name a few in the northeast, use such dim lighting that I can't see the amazing colors of the art. Often their security is so "all up in your grill" that it ruins the whole... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been to New Britain many times without visiting this museum. Today I made a special trip there, having seen all the special exhibitions within a 60-mile radius of Boston. In short order I realized I'd overlooked a gem. This museum is not small; you'll need to devote half a day to do it justice. With works from the colonial... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

i love this place. it is right on the same property as walnut hill park so before or after the museum you can go on a walk. they have wonderful pieces and oftentimes have special concerts or exhibitions. i have my go to favorite pieces!

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West Hartford, CT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

Superb collection. One of the finest regional museums in the USA. Great Hudson River school. Many excellent contemporary pieces also

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

Maybe you wouldn't think that New Britain would have a state-of-the-art museum space that would feature a prized collection of American art, but you would be wrong. This is a new facility that has an expansive collection of American masters from the colonial period to the modern day. While there are some gaps in the collection (or maybe some significant... More 

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New Britain, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

everything you would ever need in a small city art museum.the staff are very attentive ,and there seems to be new additions all the time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2016

A remarkable collection featuring the Mt. Rushmore (and then some) of American artists. The NBMAA is perfectly sized for a leisurely afternoon. You'll leave the current special exhibit (The Collection of Gail and Ernst von Metzsch) knowing that contemporary American art is in highly skilled hands.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016

You can see all the excellent artwork here, in a beautiful building, in one afternoon. There is a pleasant cafe with indoor and terrace seating and good, simple lunch and snacks. The collection has examples of excellent American art from many periods, with especially fine contemporary galleries. Changing shows are thoughtfully curated; all the work is well-lighted. There are clever,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016

Go there today, you be amazed and surprised. What a museum. You would think that small town such New Britain would have such a gem? It does.

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