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New Britain Industrial Museum

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Hardware is definitely NOT boring!

New Britain was at one time the hardware capital of the world. My dad and grandfather worked in... read more

Reviewed October 30, 2017
New Haven, Connecticut
via mobile

A very small but interesting museum. A true look at a slice of Americana. Extremely helpful docent... read more

Reviewed June 3, 2017
Baltimore, Maryland
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Oct 30, 2017
“Hardware is definitely NOT boring!”
Jun 24, 2017
“Tiny, Local Museum”
The New Britain Industrial Museum collects, preserves and exhibits items representing more than 200 years of New Britain innovation and invention. From 19th century hooks & eyes to 21st century ERA Cobra Cars the museum and its collection serve as a...more
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185 W Main St, New Britain, CT 06051
+1 860-832-8654
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Reviewed October 30, 2017 via mobile

New Britain was at one time the hardware capital of the world. My dad and grandfather worked in the business, but I had absolutely no idea of the fascinating history of the city and the people who made it tick. This is a small museum,...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank newfound721
Reviewed June 24, 2017 via mobile

This very small Museum is more of a local History Museum then a careful exhibition of tools. Some exhibits are labeled; others not. There is an interesting find of Stanley's effort to make something like an erector set.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Matt M
Reviewed June 3, 2017

A very small but interesting museum. A true look at a slice of Americana. Extremely helpful docent and it is free. I wish it was larger!

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank lovetennis99
Reviewed April 17, 2017 via mobile

A small museum with a huge collection in a borrowed space. A great look into the industrial past of a manufacturing city. The docent, Karen, is super knowledgeable and easy to talk to. A short visit, but so worth it.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank 872edwardp
Reviewed October 2, 2016

New Britain, once “The Hardware City of the World”, has long and glorious history in machines, tools, and their manufacturing. Frederick Trent Stanley (of Stanley tools fame, the manufacturer of the first American locks in 1830) was born and died in New Britain. The Brooklyn...More

Date of experience: October 2016
5  Thank Oliver S
Reviewed February 26, 2016 via mobile

Having spent a few days in the New Britain area I found myself at the industrial museum during a lunch break. I was truly surprised at what a gem this little place is. Granted it is small but it's quite an extensive picture of the...More

Date of experience: February 2016
2  Thank jguifarro
Reviewed January 26, 2016

It's the museum director, Karen Hudkins, who really makes this small museum outstanding. She knows so much about all the industries that settled in New Britain at the beginning of the Industrial Age, and her enthusiasm for the subject makes this place come alive! We...More

Date of experience: January 2016
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Reviewed December 30, 2015

If you are interested in the history and artifacts from the industrial development period of New Britain's past, this is a good museum - a bit small in cramped quarters, but a lot of interesting artifacts and notes of great companies from the past -...More

Date of experience: December 2015
2  Thank Christopher S
Reviewed December 7, 2015

This museum packs a lot of interesting history into a small space. You can learn about made-in-New-Britain tools, coffee pots, cars, kitchen appliances, locks & keys, ice cream, gas masks... The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and show a lot of pride in their city....More

Date of experience: December 2015
1  Thank Molly S
Reviewed October 30, 2015

We had some time before we needed to catch a flight out of Hartford. My husband found this place and it happened to be open on Saturdays. It is on the first floor of a building that houses a college. You have to ring the...More

Date of experience: October 2015
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Bruno T
February 28, 2015|
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Were u asking about the industrial museum or from my review of Mexico?