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New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain

(4.7/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web)
The New Britain Museum of American Art's founding in 1903 entitles the institution to be designated the first museum of strictly American art in the country. With particular strengths in colonial portraiture, the Hudson River School, American Impressionism, and the Ash Can School, not to mention the important mural series The Arts of Life in America by Thomas Hart Benton, the museum relies heavily on its permanent collection for exhibitions and programming, yet also displays a significant number of borrowed shows and work by emerging artists. The singular focus on American art and its panoramic view of American artistic achievement make the NBMAA a significant teaching resource available to the local, regional, and national public.
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  • A fear when first walking in to a museum dedicated to American Art is that they went with the easy route of cheaper contemporary artists for their collection. While the contemporary artists are presen...  more »
  • A great place with great instructor to teach the art of water color painting. The museum also has a cafe where you can grab a bite to eat their egg salad sandwich is one the best I've ever had.  more »
  • I have been to the New Britain Museum of American Art many times and recently visited their new addition. Some art museums, and I could name a few in the northeast, use such dim lighting that I can't ...  more »
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  • Fascinating museum! A must-see if you enjoy art museums. Exhibits are very well done and change regularly. First floor is more "Classical" American, modern and contemporary art is on the second floor. We spent a whole morning here walking around. The little cafe is cute.
  • All the renovations here have made this museum a wonderful place to visit!! If you have nothing better to do on a rainy day, this is a perfect activity even for the kids who will probably find something they enjoy too. The museum staff are very professional, and there's this atmosphere of warmth that I don't experience in other places like Wadsworth where they seem really uptight. Salvador Dahli's dedicated section of the museum is a sight worth seeing!! A definite 5 star rating is in order!!!
  • I lived in CT for 30 years and had no idea this museum was here! I came here with my mom to see a Salvador Dali exhibit and it was phenomenal. The other art here is quite interesting and you owe it to your self to check it out!
  • Absolutely wonderful. We brought our 3 year old and heads a blast in the children's area. They also had a nice Dali collection and many other exhibits is like to explore... without said 3yo.
  • Really a terrific museum! Nice exhibits, lively special events, and fantastic reciprocal membership program (NARM) at a very reasonable rate.