Community Day

Grand Opening of our New Building

Sunday, October 18, 2015

The newly reinstalled McKernan Gallery now permanently featuring Art Today: 2000–Present. Photo by Nick Artymiak.

With more art on view than ever before and more space for art activities the staff can’t wait to welcome you into the art & education building.

Periods of American art are enhanced in new galleries such as The Gilded Age (1860–1920), Art of the American West (1840–1910), American Art at Mid-Century (1945–1970), and more! Highlights of the completed reinstallation include an enlarged New Media alcove, Shaker Art in the Miller Gallery, Native American Art, and an expanded commitment to contemporary art including a gallery of Post Contemporary Realism in the A.W. Stanley Gallery.

Three new art studios are replacing the previous singular studio, and will allow us to offer more classes than ever before. Classes for all ages, will range from Museum & Me for our youngest Museum-goers and their caregivers, to a new Teen Painting Intensive, to an array of studio classes and workshops for adults. Also the popular drop-in ArtLab will triple in size and feature new interactives when it reopens later this winter.

The addition—designed by award-winning Ann Beha Architects 
and built by New Britain’s own Downes Construction Company, complements the Chase Family Building and original Landers House in its stonework and design.

Saturday, Oct. 17: Drop-in art activities with Resident Artists. All Day.
Sunday, Oct. 18: Dedication Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting at 1 p.m.


Free admission for all


Sunday, October 18, 2015 11:00 am to 5:00 pm