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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  • We made a return visit on a recent Sunday to view the first in a series of seven exhibits that will run all year long titled "2020/20+ Women". The current exhibit is titled "Harper's Pictorial...  more »
  • This museum is the perfect size. You can see everything in a couple of hours. The permanent collection is very nice and very interesting. The cafe is a good place for lunch or a snack.  more »
  • Great relaxing environment. Which is just what was needed. Beautiful paintings. I know it's a boring job but the staff could be a little bit more enthusiastic. I drove 3 hrs to be there.
  • There was so much to see and to learn. Great for families and school trips..Great art room downstairs. Loved all teh art work by children displayed throught, reminded me of my old classroom when I taught preschool. MS. Bonnie she was absolutely wonderful and funny and so engaging great bubbly personality...our tour your person Ms. Donna was very nice and very informative..loved her explanation of the paintings..Thanks again..
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