What You'll Get
Sight, the workhorse of the five senses, puts in too many hours keeping man from falling in manholes. Reward the most overworked sense with today's visually stimulating Groupon: for $40, you will receive a one-year individual membership, as well as admission to four Museum After Dark events, from the New Britain Museum of American Art (a $105 value), located in New Britain. You must be at least 21 years old to attend the Museum After Dark events.
The New Britain Museum of American Art, founded in 1903, lays claim to the title of the first art museum in the country dedicated to the display of strictly American works. The Museum's permanent collection features 10,236 American artistic creations, from impressive colonial portraits to modern masterpieces by Andy Warhol and Sol LeWitt. Current exhibitions for eyeballs to chew on include "M.C. Escher: Impossible Reality"—running until November 14, 2010, the exhibit bends museum-goers' minds with famous Escher pieces such as Ascending and Descending and Drawing Hands, the little-known basis for the comic strip Garfield. Guided tours on special topics can be arranged for parties of ten or more, and a free (with museum admission) one-hour "American Masterpieces" tour is given on Sundays at 1 p.m.
Along with the many benefits of an individual museum membership ($45)—including unlimited general admission for one adult and a 10% discount in the Museum Shop—you will also receive admission to all four of the quarterly Museum After Dark parties (total value $60). The adults-only events combine art, live music, and alcohol into a super-being of socializing. A bevy of adult and family-oriented programs occur regularly (though not all programs are free with membership, many feature discounted rates for members), including monthly art happy hour talks. Membership at the NBMAA also entitles aficionados to free admission at thirteen participating art museums around New England, so members may plan spectacular adventures in which clues hidden inside exhibits lead to the fabled Rockwell/Pollock pirate gold fortune.
The readers of the Hartford Advocate rated the New Britain Museum of American Art as the second-best local museum in a 2010 poll. TripAdvisors named the museum the #1 attraction in New Britain and give it an average of four owl-eyes. The New York Times and the Hartford Advocate recently reviewed current exhibitions at the museum. Four Yelpers give the museum five stars and more than 1,300 Facebookers are fans:
- …this is a beautiful, thoughtful and ultimately satisfying little show with much to recommend it. – Benjamin Genocchio on Hudson River Paintings, New York Times
- The New Britain Museum of America [sic] is getting a lot of press for their current exhibition M.C. Escher: Impossible Reality and as part of their NEW/NOW series spotlighting younger artists, they’re featuring another vision of unreality that feels all the more surreal because of how precise and realistic so many elements of the work are. – Alex Dueben, Hartford Advocate
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Aug 18, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 as a gift. Must be at least 21 to attend the After Dark events. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About New Britain Museum of American Art
The Museum has its earliest roots in the New Britain Institute, an organization established in 1853 by city founders to foster learning in a community of new immigrants. Housing a library, a children’s room, and a history room, the Institute began to acquire American artwork as early as 1894. Two years later, industrialist and former mayor of New Britain John Butler Talcott gave the Institute $20,000 in gold bonds for the purchase of “original modern oil paintings,” providing the first purchase funds that would enable some of our earliest acquisitions. In 1937 the Art Museum of the New Britain Institute opened its doors in what is now known as the Landers House. The collection then numbered 26 artworks. In the ensuing years, a series of directors oversaw the dynamic expansion of the collection, addition of galleries, and development of engaging exhibitions and educational programming. In 1994 the NBMAA disaffiliated from the Institute and was officially recognized as a separate entity—the New Britain Museum of American Art, Inc. Today, the NBMAA spans over 57,000 sq. ft. and welcomes 90,000+ visitors a year, from almost every state, and from a variety of countries. Its educational service area spans 80+ cities and towns, and its collection includes masterpieces by artists spanning three centuries. Learn more at nbmaa.org