NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Industrial Museum will mark its official grand reopening on Saturday at its new location, 59 W. Main St.
Museum Director Karen Hudkins, who will leave the position at the end of the month for the New Britain Museum of Aemrican Art, announced the museum’s move from the CCSU ITBD building in July to make room for expansion of the university.
The West Main Street location, formerly Leaves & Pages Café, will represent the first time in the museum’s history that it will have a street presence.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, the museum will be offering free admission.
Mayor Erin Stewart will make an appearance around 10:30.
Visitors will notice a few changes.
Through a donation, the museum has acquired two new display cases and professional storage for its archives. A grant from Stanley Black & Decker has made it possible for the NBIM to create a more professional lobby, with a visitor services desk. The new space also allows for expanded shop area and non-collection storage.
Regular hours will be 2 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
For the first time, the museum will also charge admission - $5 for adults; $3 for seniors 65 and older, teens 13-17 and students with a school ID. Children 12 and under are admitted free.
Admission will be free on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.
For more information, visit nbindustrial.org or follow the museum on Facebook.