Industrial Museum Opens Doors on West Main Street

By at December 7, 2017 | 3:00 pm | Print

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About 50 people turned out to celebrate a new beginning for the New Britain Industrial Museum (NBIM) on Saturday at its new location at 59 West Main St.

“This is a great day for us,” said Museum Director Karen Hudkins. “For the first time in 20 years we will have a street presence. We have visibility downtown and we can fully participate in the life downtown as the New Britain Industrial Museum.”

Mayor Erin Stewart carried on a tradition started by Former Mayor Linda Blogoslawski. The first time the Industiral Museum moved, Blogoslawski let a Stanley tape rule roll across the front door. Mayor Stewart did the same on Saturday.

“We are very excited to be here today to have a street presence on West Main Street in the heart of our downtown,” said Mayor Stewart. “It is accessible and visible in the street as people are driving by. It is an incredible opportunity of the museum and it’s a great point for us to advertise when we are trying to get more people to come downtown and use CTfastrak.”

The spot formerly was known as Leaves and Pages. It was transformed into the New Britain Industrial Museum in the last several months.

The New Britain Industrial Museum collects, preserves and exhibits items representing more than 200 years of New Britain innovation and invention.

From 19th century hooks & eyes to 21st century ERA Cobra Cars the museum and its collection serve as a bridge between New Britain’s past and present and provides inspiration for the future.

The Museum acquired two new display cases and professional storage for their archives, a grant from Stanley Black and Decker made it possible for the NBIM to create a more professional “lobby” with a visitor services desk and the new space allows for an expanded shop area and non-collection storage.

This move was the result of CCSU’s need for the space the museum formerly occupied at 185 Main Street – the new location was made possible because of SHP managements (owners of what was formerly the Burritt Hotel) willinrent. In addition to the Museum space at 59 W. Main the NBIM pays to store the bulk of the collection at One Hartford Sq.

Admission to the museum is $5 for adults; $3 for 65+, Youth 13-17 and Students with a valid school ID. Public hours will remain the same: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 2 – 5, Wednesday from 12 – 5 and Saturday from 10-4. The museum can be opened earlier or later by appointment and will be closed Sundays, Mondays and major holidays. For information about the museum and its programs you can follow the museum on Facebook, call 860-832-8654 or email newbritainim@gmail.com

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