New Britain Industrial Museum

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New Britain Industrial Museum

New Britain Industrial Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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 bridge between New Britain’s past and present and provides inspiration for the future. New Britain’s impact has been, and continues to be, felt far beyond its borders and very few of the items we use or wear everyday could have been created without a machine, or a part, or a concept that originated in New Britain. In fact, for most of the 20th Century every American came into contact with at least one New Britain Product a day; it was either made here, had a part in it that was made here or was made on a New Britain machine. There is something for everyone on display…..whether your interest lies in kitchen appliances or hand tools you will be amazed at the range of items manufactured in New Britain and
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newfound721
New Haven, CT62 contributions
Hardware is definitely NOT boring!
Oct 2017 • Friends
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, and the curator is fantastic sharing her passion and stories galore, very worthwhile.
Written October 30, 2017
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Matt M
23 contributions
Tiny, Local Museum
Jun 2017 • Couples
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.
Written June 24, 2017
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lovetennis99
Baltimore, MD344 contributions
Fascinating
May 2017 • Family
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!
Written June 3, 2017
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Edward P
Lebanon, CT113 contributions
Small, but interesting.
Apr 2017 • Business
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.
Written April 17, 2017
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Oliver S
New York City, NY10,929 contributions
Sad, sad times, our times
Oct 2016 • Couples
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 Daily Eagle from March 1902 has a cover page claiming that New Britain holds the world's highest score for inventions, with “1,447 patents obtained”. As an example, all the hardware of the Rockefeller Center and the Waldorf Astoria was designed and manufactured in New Britain. Nothing is left from those times, but speckles of some manufacturing activities. Nothing, but the treasure-trove of memorabilia and actual artifacts from those times that the Museum of Industry owns.
I plan a trip from NYC specifically for this purpose and have problems finding the museum: a small sign on Main street points to the entrance. Then, I discover the sad truth: the museum has been recently downsized to a miniature crowded room on the ground floor, having lost a floor to another expansion of the University Campus in the same building. An enthusiastic and knowledgeable curator assures us that 95% of the collection is in storage now... Photos, stories, tools, tools and more tools, all testifying to a glorious past, sit packed and locked away. What a tremendous difference with the New Britain Museum of American Art (separate review) where the snobbish art-lovers have galas and other functions and and the names of new generations of Stanleys hang on the walls as donors. The visit to the museum, that is, to the 5% of the collection that fits in this miniature space, is FREE. As always, donations are highly appreciated. There is a current exhibition of the Industrial Folk Art of Abraham Megerdichian (miniatures). The Gift Shop sells an 1879 Tools and Hardware Price List which alone is precious, look for it if you visit. Photography permitted.
Written October 2, 2016
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jguifarro
Norwich, CT366 contributions
Really an interesting find
Feb 2016 • Solo
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 industrial landscape that was New Britain. I find it truly amazing how industry forms an urban culture and as you walk through this museum you see so many things that were literally the building blocks to this great city. It shouldn't take you more than an hour to go through this museum but it's definitely worth stopping in. It's an abundance of interesting information and gives you a view of this great city in the hay day.
Written February 26, 2016
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Providence_RITom
New Haven, CT439 contributions
Way better than I expected!
Jan 2016 • Couples
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 thought we might spend a half-hour here at most, but with Karen leading us from display to display we ended up spending an enjoyable hour and a half! She told us she's usually there during opening hours to guide visitors through all the artifacts, so by all means try this place out if you have any interest at all in discovering the amazing inventiveness of this era in manufacturing history.
Written January 26, 2016
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Christopher S
Simsbury, CT87 contributions
Good Record of Historical Industrial new Britain
Dec 2015 • Friends
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 - not just a showpiece for the Stanley Works (although that is a highlight and showpiece).
Written December 30, 2015
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Molly S
New Britain, CT87 contributions
Great little museum!
Dec 2015 • Family
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. We attended a terrific lecture about life at home during WWI. Learned a lot and my son really enjoyed it.
Written December 7, 2015
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Me9247
Austin, TX2,672 contributions
An enjoyable place to visit.
Oct 2015 • Couples
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 bell on the outer door to be let in. Then it is down the first hall on the right. We walked in the room and it is filled all sort of displays. After a few minutes Karen came out of her office and asked if we wanted a tour. She gave us about a 45 minute tour of all the displays. She has so much information. She also answered all of our questions. The experience wouldn't have been the same without her tour. I am glad we got her time. There is no fee but a place to give a donation. Karen gave us her card to send her an email and pictures of things we may own that has been made in New Britain. If in the area, I would stop buy and learn how much New Britain has done for America. An enjoyable place to visit.
Written October 30, 2015
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