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New Britain Industrial Museum Opens December 2


Come experience the history and story of New Britain in the Industrial Museum’s new location – 59 West Main Street. From 10 – 4 on Saturday December 2 visitors will be able to see how the former Leaves and Pages space has been transformed into the New Britain Industrial Museum. “With Arlene & Dan’s love of New Britain it is appropriate that this is the NBIM’s new home” said Museum Director Karen Hudkins “and while this new space presented some challenges, I think everyone will be pleasantly surprised. We’ve brought some things out of storage that have not been seen for 2 years, some other things will be sent into storage…and everything looks new in a new space”.

Visitors will notice a few other changes….through a generous donation the Museum has been able to acquire 2 new display cases and professional storage for their archives, a grant from Stanley Black and Decker has 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 Square…formerly Amodio’s moving and storage and before that Tuttle & Bailey.

After the Grand Opening on Dec. 2 there will be a small admission fee for non-members and children over 12. Admission will be $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