New Britain Museum of American Art
New Britain, CT 06052
New Britain Museum of American Art is abundant with treasures of American works by the best painters, sculptors, and other such artists that this country has ever seen. Among the collections now numbering around 11,791 paintings, works on paper, sculptures, photographs, and illustrations can be found murals by Thomas Hart Benton, paintings by Winslow Homer, and a pastel by Mary Cassatt. You will also get to see some of Charles Demuth, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Albert Bierstadt.
New Britain Museum of American Art is the first museum in the nation (1903) to devote itself exclusively to American works is ready for its close-up after a $26 million redo. The result? Twice the room to showcase its 5,000 watercolors, oils, sculptures, drawings, and graphics representing more than 250 years of homegrown American art. In the new main-floor galleries, Colonial-era works live side by side with Hudson River school landscapes and American Impressionist paintings. Just as noteworthy are the splendid Thomas Hart Benton murals, displayed upstairs in an open and modern space along with contemporary works. After all that art appreciation, treat yourself to regional American fare in the new café overlooking Walnut Hill Park.
Yankee Magazine April 2007
The permanent collection is a lesson in American art–and history–with somber Colonial portraits, powerful Remington Wild West sculptures, dreamy Impressionist landscapes, and vibrant Thomas Hart Benton “Arts of Life in America” murals. “The Art of Charles Burchfield and Reginald Marsh” is on display through July 3.
Yankee Magazine April 2004
The New Britain Museum of American Art traces the history of American art from 1740-present. Enjoy the American Impressionists, Thomas Hart Benton murals, Wyeths, and LeWitts, O’Keeffe. In this gracious mansion, the standouts are the Colonial portraits, Impressionist and Ash Can School paintings, and Thomas Hart Benton murals “The Arts of Life in America.” Bring the kids, who can dress up in costumes copied from portraits, then go in search of their match.
Yankee Magazine April 2003