NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Industrial Museum is moving from CCSUâ€™s Institute for Technology & Business Development building to the former Leaves & Pages CafĂ© space in the former Burritt Hotel on West Main Street.
Museum Director Karen Hudkins said the lease for 59 W. Main St. was signed on July 13.
In 2015, after 20 years on the second floor of the ITBD building, the growth and expansion of CCSU forced the museum to the first floor.
Two years later, CCSUâ€™s need for more space is again the reason the museum is relocating. In March, Rick Mullinâ€™s, director of ITBD, told the museum its lease would not be renewed, according to Hudkins.
The museumâ€™s new digs are now known as Burritt House, an affordable-housing complex built in the 1920s. The property is managed by SHP Management, with which Hudkins said the museum has been working on the move since early spring.
â€śTheyâ€™ve been very accommodating and affordable, since currently 90 percent of the museumâ€™s collection is still sitting in a storage unit, which weâ€™ve been paying a monthly fee for,â€ť Hudkins said.
She is hoping that, in the new space, the museum can display everything thatâ€™s now being displayed and the items in storage.
â€śWe bring a lot of people into New Britain who are tool collectors or interested in tools, Stanley tools specifically,â€ť Hudkins said. Within the last year, visitors from Texas, South Dakota and Virginia have stopped by to see the museumâ€™s collection.
Right now, the tool presence s limited, but Hudkins is hoping to expand it in time for Stanley Black & Deckerâ€™s 175th anniversary year.
The museum will close at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 29, and remain closed for the entire month of August. Hudkins said it will be up and running in the new location by Sept. 20, in time to collaborate with an exhibit at the New Britain Museum of American Art on Harry Everett Townsend, a World War I illustrator.
One of the major changes coming to the museum will be an admission charge for nonmembers. Museum members will be admitted free, but nonmembers will have to pay a small charge, Hudkins said, most likely $5. There will be a reduced fee for seniors and students.
â€śIâ€™m really looking forward to being on West Main Street. There will be some challenges, but I think it will be good for us and good for the community,â€ť Hudkins said.
To learn more about the museum, visit nbindustrial.org.
Angie DeRosa can be reached at 860-801-5063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.