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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
Phone Number: +1 860-229-0257
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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

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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The first museum dedicated to American Art.

An excellent representation of American Art from colonial days to now. If you can get past the guard at the door, you are in for an enjoyable 2-3 hours of fantastic art. Lunch... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 28, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

An excellent representation of American Art from colonial days to now. If you can get past the guard at the door, you are in for an enjoyable 2-3 hours of fantastic art. Lunch in the cafe was tasty too.

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New Britain, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

New Britain Museum of American Art is full of art sculpture and so much more. Bordered on one side by an equally beautiful park called Walnut Hill Park, one can spend a nice afternoon enjoying both the museum as well as the park.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

I went to see the Dali exhibit and it was amazing. I had seen a Tiffany exhibit there to some years ago and it was amazing. This is a beautiful museum with plenty to see from the ancient to the modern. I highly recommend it.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

Having come to New Britain to visit the New Britain Industry Museum (separate review), I decide to take a moment and visit this museum. Well, the Whitney it is not. Grand new building of what I call “socialist realism architecture”, i.e. unimaginative boxes of bricks, mixed with some glass panels. Inside, I am greeted by a stiff admission and a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

It's a very attractive, modern building with plenty of off-street parking. It has a great collection of early, mid-century, and modern American art. In terms of interest, it's comparable to art museums in Portland, Maine, and some art museums in New York City. Don't miss Graydon Parrish's painting, "The Tragedy of 9-11". Also on the premises is a cafe with... More 

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

A gem of a museum with world class exhibits in a lovely setting and excellent facility. We spent a late Sunday afternoon enjoying their featured exhibits (Shakers of Enfield, CT and Sanford Low illustration collection) as well as the permanent collections. The museum is located on the edge of Walnut Hill Park which provides great views when you're looking out... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

Adjacent to Walnut Hill Park, this gem is full of light & filled with galleries of art ranging from Impressionist works to Hudson River School to the most contemporary. The collection is extensive. In addition, special exhibits are displayed during the year. Be sure to check their website. The cafe and outdoor patio add to the ambience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Had to go because my aunt left a legacy. And boy would she be proud! As a high school kid I used to drive through this area for appointments. It is very pleasing to see New Britain has done their part by maintaining Walnut Hill Park which is adjacent. The collection is varied, as befits American art. There are many... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

Its been a few years since I have visited the NBM and I am never disappointed. They added a new contemporary building housing some wonderful periods of art. My favorite is the impressionist art, but there is a variety here to please most! Don't miss it, take the time to visit this Gem!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

Friends recommended this and it was a delight. The building is lovely, the exhibits were a very interesting mix, and the café and outdoor patio allowed for a nice lunch and place to chat. This is a wonderful place to spend a few hours.

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