NBMAA COVID Policies as of 06/18/2022


Face coverings are strongly encouraged, but optional for Museum guests and staff.

VISITOR VACCINATION POLICY - for events serving food and drinks:

The NBMAA reserves the right to require proof of vaccination at museum events serving food and beverages. Please check event pages for specific events & requirements.


Welcome to the NBMAA! We are delighted to offer you and your family much-needed access to our lovely, peaceful galleries. Currently, visitors are encouraged to make online reservations but walk-ins are always welcome. More on ticket purchasing below. Please read the following information carefully before planning to visit NBMAA. Thank you!



Guided tours are available on the weekends starting in March. Reservations are required for ANY group of 5 or more. A special self-guided group discount is available at $10 per person. Please note that groups over 10 are not eligible to receive free Saturday morning admission. To book a docent-led tour or to make a reservation for your self-guided group of 5 or more, please fill out our Adult Tour Request Form.

Museum Café

Hours: 9:30 a.m - 2:30 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday

The Café offers a selection of delicious grab-and-go options, including locally made sandwiches, salads, pastries, and hot and cold beverages.

The Museum Café is proud to feature products from New Britain-area businesses, including Roly Poly Bakery, Angelo’s Market, and Avery’s Soda.


Visiting Museums with Children

Click here to learn more about the kid-friendly offerings at the NBMAA, as well as other CT museums. 


Visitors are encouraged to make reservations and pay online in advance; Walk-ins are also welcomed. All groups of over 10 individuals must fill out an Adult Tour Request Form.

All admission tickets are priced at $15 for Adults, $12 for Seniors, and free for all Members. 

CHECK IN FASTER at the Museum by registering online and arriving with your E-Ticket to be scanned from your device.

The NBMAA is debuting a brand new ticketing system designed to improve customer service and communication. If you have registered online for Museum programs or tickets in the past, you can save time on future registrations by following this link to set up your new NBMAA ticketing account.

We thank you for your patience as we roll out the new system. Please contact the front desk if you need help registering for a studio class or music program.

As always, thank you for your support of the NBMAA. We can't wait to see you again soon!

Hours & Admission


The NBMAA announces new summer hours in effect on July 1, 2022:

Monday - Tuesday: Closed
(Note: Open for MLK Day and Presidents' Day)
Wednesday - Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
The Museum Store is open during visiting hours

Café Hours 
9:30 a.m - 2:30 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday

Holiday Hours

Thanksgiving: Closed
Day after Thanksgiving: OPEN
Christmas Eve: OPEN until 2 p.m.
Christmas: Closed
New Year's Eve: CLOSED
New Year’s Day: Closed
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 17: OPEN
Presidents' Day, Monday, February 21: OPEN
Easter Sunday: Closed
Independence Day, July 4: Closed

$15 for Adults
$12 for Seniors
Children under 18 free
Members free 

Saturday admission from 10 a.m. to noon is free due to support from the American Savings Foundation. Please note that groups over 10 are not eligible to receive free Saturday morning admission.

Thursday admission is $5 after 5 every week.

CT Summer at the Museum | FREE Admission for Children
We are thrilled to welcome all children under 18 plus one caregiver per child FREE admission all summer long, as part of the Connecticut Summer at the Museum initiative, thanks to the Department of Economic and Community Development, in partnership with the Office of the Governor, Connecticut State Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood, and Connecticut Humanities. Families are welcome to walk-in with no reservation, or secure tickets in advance online. Select the CT Summer at the Museum ticket type.

Blue Star Museums
The NBMAA is a Blue Star Museum offering free admission to active members of the military and up to five of their family members from Memorial Day to Labor Day; select "Member" when purchasing tickets to receive free admission.

 Check out this FAQ for more information.

Library Pass
See if your local library has a free museum admission pass (up to a group of 4); select "Member" when purchasing tickets to receive free admission. Library passes are only valid for visiting the galleries, separate registration for classes, programs, and events is required.

American Alliance of Museums
AAM members receive free Museum admission; select "Member" when purchasing tickets to receive free admission.

Bank of America
During the first full weekend of every month, Bank of America offers their valued cardholders free general admission to more than 225 cultural institutions, including the NBMAA. Museums on Us is available to Bank of America, Merrill or Bank of America Private Bank (U.S. Trust) credit or debit cardholders. To receive free admission simply choose your time and select the Bank of America ticket type.


56 Lexington Street
New Britain, CT 06052

(860) 229-0257


The Museum is handicapped accessible
A ramp is located to the right of the Museum parking lot leading to the front door. All public levels of the Museum are accessible by elevators and wheelchairs/walkers are available upon request.


Handicap Parking
Upon entry to the lot, veer to the right.

Regular Parking
Please follow the left hand directional sign. There is additional parking in a lot connected at the back of the driveway (Park Place) and in a lot to the left of the driveway (Lindquist Property at 24 Lexington Street). Also, there is always free street parking on Lexington Street and along the Walnut Hill Park side of the Museum.

The NBMAA has been asked to inform visitors not to park in the lot at the Medical Building, 33 Lexington Street; unauthorized vehicles parked there will be towed at the owner’s expense.

There is ample on-street parking for buses nearby.


  • Take Exit 35 (left exit) onto Rte. 72E.
  • Follow signs to New Britain and take Columbus Blvd, exit 8.
  • At the exit light, turn right and proceed to the next light.
  • Take a right onto West Main Street
  • Take a left before Bank of America onto Lexington St.
  • Museum and free parking lot are on the left.
  • Take Exit 22N, onto Rte. 9.
  • Follow Rte. 9 to exit 28.
  • Follow Rte. 72W to Corbin Ave, exit 7.
  • At exit light, turn right, proceed to next light, and turn right onto West Main St.
  • One block after the third light, turn right after Bank of America onto Lexington St.
  • Museum and free parking lot are on the left.
  • Merge onto I-91 North via exit 48.
  • Take exit 22N onto Rte. 9.
  • Follow Rte. 9 to exit 28.
  • Follow Rte. 72W to Corbin Ave., exit 7.
  • At exit light, turn right, proceed to next light, and turn right onto West Main St.
  • One block after the third light, turn right after Bank of America onto Lexington St.
  • Museum and free parking lot are on the left.

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Directions via public transportation

Take Metro-North commuter from Grand Central Station to New Haven’s Union Station. From Union Station, travel via Peter Pan bus lines to reach New Britain, CT. Your stop will be at Jimmy’s Smoke Shop at 64 West Main Street. Jimmy’s is approximately ½ mile from NBMAA, within walking distance. From Jimmy’s head west three blocks on West Main Street, turn left on Lexington Street, NBMAA is on the left hand side. For additional information visit: for a complete schedule of bus service. Or call: 860.522.8101 or visit: for local bus schedules and routes.

The closest Amtrak station is located in Berlin, CT, at 51 Depot Road. You can travel to NBMAA by taxi cab or bus. Buses run from Berlin station to New Britain. For a complete listing of fares and routes please visit: The station is approximately 4 miles from NBMAA.

Amtrak lines run to the Kensington-Berlin Railroad station – though less frequently. You can choose to get off in Hartford and continue to New Britain via bus travel to NBMAA by taxi cab or bus. For Connecticut Transit buses call 860.522.8101 or for local bus schedules and routes from Hartford or Kensington to New Britain.

From Schoephoester road, go east toward Light lane and turn right onto Turnpike Road/CT-75 and follow CT-75 south. Next, merge onto CT-20 toward I-91 (Hartford/Springfield). Merge onto I-91 south toward Hartford and merge onto I-84 west/US 6 and take exit 32A toward Waterbury. Merge onto CT-9 South and take exit 39A toward Newington/New Britain. Next, Take exit 28A towards downtown New Britain. Turn right onto East Main Street, take a left onto Main Street, and then turn right onto West Main Street. Lastly, turn left onto Lexington Street and the Museum will be on your left.

Local Commuter Services

-Hardware City Taxi-New Britain, 860 229-8294, 105 Broad St, New Britain, CT 06053
-AAA Cab & Livery LLC (860) 231-8888 1143 New Britain Ave, West Hartford, CT 06110

Fastrack: Transit Directions from any location (google)
Local bus lines:, (860) 522-8101 or
Great link for bus information:

There is ample on-street parking for buses nearby.