WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN VISITING

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!

What to Expect From Your Visit

Consistent with CDC and CT State Department of Health recommendations, as of August 11, 2021 all Museum visitors must wear a face-covering regardless of vaccination status and out of respect to all those around you. Masks may be removed while eating or drinking in the Museum Café.

Guided tours are available throughout the week. 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.

TICKET RESERVATIONS

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. 

Please note that reservations booked using the above link are valid through the entirety of the selected date regardless of time slot selected. 

Hours & Admission

Hours 

Monday, Tuesday: Closed
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
Christmas Eve: Closing at 2 p.m.
Christmas: Closed
New Year’s Day: Closed
Independence Day, July 4: Closed

Admission
$15 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.

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.

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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.

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.

LOCATION

NEW BRITAIN MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
56 Lexington Street
New Britain, CT 06052

(860) 229-0257

ACCESSIBILITY

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.

PARKING

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.

BUS PARKING
There is ample on-street parking for buses nearby.

DIRECTIONS

  • 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: www.peterpanbus.com for a complete schedule of bus service. Or call: 860.522.8101 or visit: www.cttransit.com 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: www.nbt.bz/nb_bk_map.pdf. 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 visit:www.cttransit.com 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: www.cttransit.com, (860) 522-8101 or www.peterpanbus.com
Great link for bus information: www.busstation.net

BUS PARKING
There is ample on-street parking for buses nearby.