The New Britain Museum of American Art is one of Connecticut’s great 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 innovative public programs. ABA’s Master Plan explored the needs, limitations and potential of the current site, as well as alternate sites and properties. ABA examined the audience, program requirements, collection size and growth needs, and conservation and storage needs.
Following the Master Plan, ABA completed a new 43,000 sf gallery and education building connected to the Museum’s original historic house. Scaled for its residential setting, the expansion supports exhibitions, visitor services, education, lectures and community programs. Through strategically placed expanses of glass, the building offers magnificent views to the adjacent park and incorporates gardens and outdoor terraces as seasonal gathering areas. This project received design awards from the American Institute of Architects’ New England Chapter and the Boston Society of Architects.
ABA’s second expansion, recently completed, accommodates additional offices, education spaces and galleries for the Museum’s growing collection and program needs.