Fresh from a renovation, Courtyard Hartford Farmington features stylish guest rooms, a state-of-the-art lobby and new on-site dining options. The hotel has a modern lobby with high-speed Internet access, semi-private media pods and The Bistro – Eat. Drink. Connect., open daily for breakfast and dinner. Also available a fitness center, an in the indoor swimming pool and an outdoor gazebo. Free Wi-Fi and lounge-around sofas.
The Mark Twain House & Museum has restored the author’s Hartford, Connecticut, home, where the author and his family lived from 1874 to 1891. Twain wrote his most important works during the years he lived there, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. In addition to providing tours of Twain’s restored home, a National Historic Landmark, the institution offers activities and educational programs that illuminate Twain’s literary legacy and provide information about his life and times.
The New Britain Museum of American Art’s founding in 1903 entitles the institution to be designated the first museum of strictly American art in the country. That year, a $20,000 gift of gold bonds to the museum’s former parent, the New Britain Institute, from industrialist John Butler Talcott, created funds to purchase ”modern oil paintings.” Subsequent purchases, with advice from New York museums and galleries, further defined ”modern” to mean American works of art, now numbering more than 10,236. With particular strengths in colonial portraiture, the Hudson River School, American Impressionism, and the Ash Can School, not to mention the important mural series The Arts of Life in America by Thomas Hart Benton, the museum relies heavily on its permanent collection for exhibitions and programming, yet also displays a significant number of borrowed shows and work by emerging artists. The singular focus on American art and its panoramic view of American artistic achievement make the New Britain Museum of American Art a significant teaching resource available to the local, regional, and national public.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The New Britain Industrial Museum works to inform, impress and inspire through preserving and sharing the innovative history and accomplishments of the people and businesses that built New Britain into the Hardware City of the World. The New Britain Industrial Museum was conceived in the early-1990’s by Horace Van Dorn, retired Vice President of Engineering at Fafnir Bearing, who felt there needed to be a local museum dedicated to New Britain’s history and accomplishments that could “generate civic pride and inspiration for education in our youth. It would serve as an economic beacon for future industrial development… and a meaningful attraction for tourism.” In April 1995 the New Britain Industrial Museum opened its doors in the CCSU/ITBD building with Mayor Linda Blogoslawski releasing a Stanley Tape Measure across the doorway.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.