New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain

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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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  • As a top flight Museum-ite world wide, this ranks as one of my favorites. Matthew right size, excellent mix of art types with offerings always surprising delights. Easy free parking, free admission Sa...  more »
  • We come here often to see new exhibits and to browse the collections with friends from out of town. It's a lovely afternoon and the shop always has some interesting items on sale.  more »
  • We, along 2 other couples, were in the general area for a show Friday night. Since we were staying overnight, we decided to find something to do on Saturday morning. The reviews of the New Britain Mus...  more »
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  • Gorgeous museum!!! They have wonderful collection, the grounds are beautiful and it borders Walnut Hill Park which easy designed by Olmstead who also designed Central Park in NYC. This is the oldest museum of American Art in the country. They have a hands on children's area and many activities for kids. The cafe offers delicious food, free refills on coffee, and friendly staff. There is a patio with tables outside the cafe where you can sit and enjoy the views of the beautiful park on nice days. Plenty of free parking. A wonderful place worth visiting! 🌞 Please Like is this was helpful, thanks!
  • This is both a great museum and a local gem. I've been coming here since grade school field trips and I regularly take my family. There's a few rooms of Hudson River School paintings that are simply lovely. The top floor changes from time to time but often has great modern art. The museum has a great collection and cycles it often enough to reward repeat visits. The people who work there are nice, and clearly like working in a cool museum. They also have a great education department and offer art classes. I've taken my kids and it's made for a great family experience. Go if you can; it's a wonderful place.
  • Great works of art, not too cluttered. Interesting bench or seating in every room (they're an understated character in this museum). Appreciate the BoA weekends.
  • A wonderful museum that focuses exclusively on American Art of the 19th and 20th centuries. There are works by both famous and less well known artists in a spacious and modern building. It is adjacent to the Walnut Hill Park with views of the park from the museum. You leave with a great insight into American Art.
  • This place was AMAZING. People that have not been here have to go! Also on my feild trip there it was not that long to get there also get this somethimes YOU can go there FOR FREE IS THAT AMAZING?!!?!?!
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