NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Industrial Museum will hold a soft opening on Sept. 20 at its new location, 59 W. Main St., with the grand opening planned for October.
The West Main Street location, formerly the Leaves & Pages Café, will be the first time in the museum’s history that it will have a street presence.
The museum spent 21 years in the CCSU Institute for Technical and Business Development building downtown, beginning on the second floor, then moving downstairs in 2015.
In March, ITBD Director Rick Mullins told the museum its lease would not be renewed, to make room for the growth and expansion of the university.
Museum Director Karen Hudkins said there are still items in the old location that need to be removed, but most of the collection has been moved to the new location.
She said the museum made a commitment to CCSU to be out by the end of this month.
While it is still in the process of finalizing the move, the museum will open on Wednesday, Sept. 20 from noon to 5 p.m. just in time for the new exhibit at the New Britain Museum of American Art about World War I illustrator Harry Everett Townsend.
The industrial museum, art museum and Connecticut State Library are working together on the exhibit on Townsend.
There will be limited hours on Saturday, Sept. 23, from noon to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. all free of charge.
Once officially opened, the museum will be charging admission for the first time.
Admission will be $5 for adults; $3 for seniors ages 65 and older, youth 13-17 and students with a school ID; children 12 and under get in free.
Admission will be free on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.
Asked if there will be any new items on display, Hudkins said, “Everything looks new in a new space.”
She said the exhibits will be refreshed, and some old favorites might not be on display anymore.
The brass display case that was being used to feature special exhibitions last year will now feature different aspects of New Britain’s history.
It will change quarterly to keep up with the many stories of the city the museum wants to share.
The first exhibit will be a shout out to Alvarium Brewing Co. and Avery’s Soda, showcasing the history of beverages in the Hardware City.
“We are just very excited about being in a storefront so we can interact with downtown and downtown can interact with us,” Hudkins said.
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Angie DeRosa can be reached at 860-801-5063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.