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“A Gem!”

New Britain Museum of American Art
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in New Britain
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed February 2, 2013

An incredible museum, a true gem. If you're passing thru, this museum is definitely worth a stop. The various collections are outstanding. It's difficult to describe, it's simply wonderful. Such a treasure, not to be missed.

If you live in the state and haven't been, you're missing a great museum. Go visit!

Thank MimiSmith
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

The New Britain Museum of American Art is a world-class museum located in Central Connecticut. The permanent, colorful wall sculpture on the stair case alone is worth the visit as is the moving Twin Towers painting.

A wonderful collection of important American artists as well as special exhibits. Right now a terrific Toulouse Lautrec exhibit.

Thank drcrushser
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

A wonderful all encompassing museum for adults and kids alike. This museum is beautiful and an oasis within a city. There are always new exhibits to see and a great place to learn about art. I love this museum!!!

Thank lisanap
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Probably the second best thing about living in Connecticut. If you haven't been there numerous times you're probably not from Connecticut or just hate Art generally.

Thank VinCanton_CT
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

My mother has had works chosen for and displayed here. Of COURSE it's a cool museum!!! For an art venue in a small city in Connecticut, it has some big league works!

Thank ghgking
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