LOCATION

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

(860) 229-0257

Hours & Admission

Hours
Monday: Closed
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Museum Shop is open during visiting hours. 

Café Hours
Monday: Closed
Tuesday–Sunday: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Holiday Hours
Thanksgiving: Closed
Day after Thanksgiving: Closed
Christmas Eve: Closing at 2 p.m.
Christmas: Closed
New Year’s Day: Closed
Independence Day: Closed

Admission
Members FREE
$15 for Adults
$12 for Seniors (age 62 and up)
$10 for Youth (age 13-17)
$10 for Students
Children under 12 free

Saturday admission from 10 a.m. to noon is free due to support from the American Savings Foundation.

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. Check out this FAQ for more information.

www.arts.gov/national/blue-sta...

Library Pass
See if your local library has a free museum admission pass (up to a group of 4)

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.

Rent the Museum

Rent the Museum for Your Next Special Event

If you are seeking a unique venue to host your special event the New Britain Museum of American Art has multiple spaces to meet your needs. Especially well-suited for intimate weddings, corporate functions, and private parties, the 2,010-square-foot, cherry-paneled Stanley Works Center and adjoining 940-square-foot Café on the Park overlooks picturesque Walnut Hill Park through eight floor-to-ceiling windows. Though these are the primary dining areas, your guests are encouraged to wander through the Museum during your cocktail hour to view one of the most magnificent collections of American art in the country.

The Stanley Works Center is the main dining/reception area, accommodating up to 150 guests for a sit-down or buffet dinner or 285 for a standing reception. The Café will provide space for a bar and hors d’oeuvres, buffet, dessert stations and/or a dance floor. Moser Library can also be rented separately for smaller events or meetings. If you prefer an alternative arrangement to one large room, your cocktail reception can be free-flowing throughout the galleries, allowing your guests to take full advantage of viewing the art while sipping their wine and dining on delicious hors d’oeuvres. The outdoor terrace connected to the Café can be an extension of your rental space, allowing extra seating, bars, or perhaps just conversation space.

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