NEW BRITAIN MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART

Info & Scheduling

Docent-led Tours

Docent-led tours are one hour in length and are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Groups of up to 100 students can be accommodated at one time. Tours cost $5 per student. Browse our School Tour Themes page for more information.

Self-Guided Tours

Middle and high school teachers with specific lesson plans in mind are welcome to schedule self-guided tours for their classes. These visits are available only during public hours, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and must be booked through the Education Department. Self-guided tours cost $5 per student.

Studio Activities

Teachers may book a studio activity in addition to a docent-led or self-guided tour. Studio activities cost an additional $5 per student. Browse our Studio Activities page for more information.

Chaperones

Groups are required to bring at least one adult chaperone per every ten students, though it is fine to bring more. There is no charge for accompanying adult chaperones.

Check-in 

Upon arrival, the coordinator must give the final payment and headcount to the Front Desk. Museum staff will welcome students, discuss proper behavior, take coats and lunches, and match smaller groups with volunteer docents. This check-in process takes about 15 minutes. 

Lunch

Limited space for lunch is available to student groups, and must be requested at the time of booking. School groups will not be allowed to eat lunch on the premises unless scheduled to do so. Groups are not allowed to use the indoor or outdoor seating of the Museum’s Café on the Park. 

Buses

For directions to the Museum and parking information, please click here. There is ample on-street parking for buses on Lexington Street, as well as behind the Museum in Walnut Hill Park, accessible from Park Place (one street east of Lexington Street). Buses may pause in front of the Museum to drop off students before parking.

Accessibility

The Museum is handicapped accessible. A ramp leading to the front entrance is located to the right of the Museum’s parking lot. All public levels of the Museum are accessible by elevators. Please alert us ahead of time if your group has any mobility needs that should be considered.

Scheduling a Visit

To book a school visit, please fill out our School Visit Request Form. Be sure to include any special requests or student needs. Please note that your booking is not guaranteed until confirmed by a member of the Education Department via email or phone. School visits must be booked at least four weeks in advance as our schedule fills rapidly.

For more information, please contact Mary Claire Reidy, Coordinator of Academic Programs, at 860-229-0257, ext. 235 or reidym@nbmaa.org.