Visit 17 world-class museums and historic sites throughout Connecticut, and the lively communities in which they reside.
Explore the Connecticut Art Trail ... seventeen world-class museums and historic sites from bucolic farms, art studios and former artists' boarding houses to grand and modern art museums in vibrant downtowns. Discover diverse, quality collections rich in history and heritage, including European masterpieces, American Impressionism, ancient art and contemporary culture.
Purchase the ART PASS for $25 and visit all 17 museums for one low price, valid for ONE YEAR.
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Acknowledged as the first museum in the world dedicated solely to collecting American art, the NBMAA is renowned for its preeminent collection spanning three centuries. The award-winning Chase Family Building features 15 spacious galleries that showcase the permanent collection and 15-20 special exhibitions annually.
Gems not to be missed include Thomas Hart Benton's mural series "The Arts of Life in America," the 18-foot-long painting "The Cycle of Terror and Tragedy, September 11, 2001" by Graydon Parrish," Lisa Hoke's installation of 20,000 cups, and Dale Chihuly's "Blue and Beyond Blue" spectacular chandelier.
Enjoy Cafe on the Park operated by "Best Caterer in Connecticut" Jordan Caterers. Visit the Museum Shop for unique gifts. Drop by the "ArtLab" learning gallery with your little ones or sign up for a studio class, concert or tour. Called "a destination for art lovers everywhere," "first-class," "mixing New York ambience with Yankee ingenuity and all-American beauty," the New Britain Museum of American Art is not to be missed.