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New Britain Museum of American Art

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One of the best parts about getting out of work at 3 o’clock is that I have more time on my hands than I’m used to.  With that extra time I try to be productive or go experience new things.  On Thursday I headed over to the New Britain Museum of American Art.  I had gone here a lot as a child, but haven’t been back in years.  I forgot how nice it was.  When you’re inside you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between this museum and one in NYC.

The main reason I went was to experience the Salvador Dali exhibit.  Along with Georgia O’Keefe (they had some of her art as well!) Dali is one of my favorite artists.  Unfortunately, but understandably, you are not able to take pictures of the artwork.  They did provide a cool photo op in the gift store when you exit the exhibit.

My original goal was so get there by 4 to see a showing of Spellbound, the Alfred Hitchcook movie starring Gregory Peck.  Dali designed a dream sequence in the movie that was groundbreaking for the time.  Once I got to the museum, my 8 hour work day began to set it and I wasn’t sure I could make it through a two hour movie and then spend the amount of time I usually like appreciating the rest of the museum.  So, another day for that.

If you live in the area I definitely encourage you to stop by, especially with the Dali exhibit available.  New Britain can get a bad rap, but the museum is located right off the 84 in a beautiful victorian neighborhood inside of a park.

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