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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 06052-1417
Phone Number: 18602290257
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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
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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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An almost unknown gem

This is not to be missed! They have a truly wonderful collection of American art, with many wonderful examples of the Hudson River School. The staff are very friendly and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is not to be missed! They have a truly wonderful collection of American art, with many wonderful examples of the Hudson River School. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The museum has recently expanded and is a very comfortable place for viewing art. No crowds, great lighting, and the atmosphere of being in someone's home. I just cannot... More 

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Meriden, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went fot the Dali show and I have been there several times always wonderful always something new . They have a great cafe for lunch aswell.

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Hartford CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are looking for a couple of hours of culture you can't go wrong visiting this smaller museum, set across from an Olmstead designed park. It has recently undergone an expansion. The museum has a small but well curated collection of American Art , from its beginnings to contemporary art, which is enhanced by special exhibits. The cafe is... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

NBMAA is a real treasure. Uncrowded and in a beautiful neighborhood setting, with plenty of parking, this museum is a great place to spend an afternoon. NBMAA is relatively small but houses a lovely collection of American Art including the Hudson River Valley artists that I particularly love. There are some beautiful sculptures and even the benches are works of... More 

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Berlin, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The NBMAA is a comfortable place at which to explore both fine and more contemporary, edgy art in a space that is manageable and accessible. Friendly staff, nice shop, and pleasant surroundings.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The NBMAA is worthy of a 2-3 hour day road trip with the entire family (under age of 12 maybe challenging). This is one of the best run museums I have ever had the pleasure of supporting. It has a vast and impressive collection of american art which they rotate regularly. The Museum also heavily supports the promotion and guidance... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the Chilhuly hanging above the stairwell, to the paintings of Coastal Ct, around New Haven Ct to the swing galleries of local artists to the Awesomeness of the Twin Towers. This American Art Gem has something for everyone. It is affordable, not overwhelming, easy parking - have been here several times and have always parked within a block of... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful museum with an impressive collection of American art, and its size means you can spend an hour and see a lot. In addition to the great galleries and exhibits, the building sits opposite the huge Walnut HIll Park, and the museum has now capitalized on this location with massive windows overlooking the park as well as... More 

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Torrington, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This art museum is a perfect size to spend a couple of hours. There was an exhibit of Salvadore Dali drawings that had been collected by a New Britain resident. This exhibit was very interesting. The rest of the museum is lovely. There is an interesting variety of American art. A small cafe is fine for lunch.

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Cancun, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum has been renovated and expanded, with a simple footprint to move through time. The painting collection is impressive, from a small colonial collection to Hudson River School, incredible impressionists, some Western art and modern art. Let's not forget well placed sculpture and stairwell ceiling sculptures. A magnificent room of Thomas Hart Benton paintings and a stunning 9/11 symbolic... More 

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