New Britain Museum of American Art Plans Expansion

. November 9, 2013

The New Britain Museum of American Art has commissioned Ann Beha Architects to design a major building addition.

New Britain Museum of American Art. Chase Family Building. Photo by Vanderwarker.

New Britain Museum of American Art. Chase Family Building. Photo by Vanderwarker.


The New Britain Museum is one of Connecticut’s cultural treasures. The Museum borders Walnut Hill Park, an historic landscape designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, and supports an outstanding collection of American art and public programs. ABA completed a Master Plan, following by a new 43,000 sf gallery and education building connected to the Museum’s historic house. The addition is scaled for its residential setting, and supports exhibitions, visitor services, education, lectures and community programs. Through strategically placed expanses of glass, the addition offers magnificent views to the Park and incorporate gardens and outdoor terraces as seasonal gathering areas. Since the opening, the Museum has increased their collection in quality and size and expanded their audience. ABA is currently working with the Museum on a new wing and renovations to the existing buildings to accommodate additional offices, education spaces and galleries. The new wing will house galleries, education studios and provide additional storage.

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