NEW BRITAIN - With three months under its belt, the New Britain Industrial Museum is thriving at its new location at 59 W. Main St.
“We’ve gotten more visitors than before,” Randall Judd, chairman of the board, said.
The museum moved from the Central Connecticut State University ITBD building in July to make room for an expansion of the university.
A formal grand reopening at the West Main Street location, formerly Leaves & Pages Café, was held on Dec. 2.
It is the first time in the museum’s history that it has had a street presence, which Judd said has attracted more visitors.
“It’s been better for traffic,” Judd said.
He added that more than half the people that come in are from out of town, while about 40 percent are from New Britain.
Although the museum is full of the Hardware City’s past, Judd said it will never have all of its collection moved in because the collection is constantly growing.
According to Judd, some of the most popular exhibits include Fafnir bearings, old Stanley Works tools, American hardware manufactured by Russell & Erwin Manufacturing Co. and P. & F. Corbin, and pre-1900s tools.
The household appliances exhibit is also well-liked by guests, especially the progression of toasters from the 1920s to today.
The museum is still on the hunt for a new director.
At the end of December, Karen Hudkins - who served in the position over seven years - left to join the finance department at the New Britain Museum of American Art.
Judd said the museum is hoping to have a replacement by the spring.
The New Britain Industrial Museum is open Wednesdays 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors (65+) and students (13+). Children 12 and under get in free.
Free admission is also offered every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.
For more information, visit nbindustrial.org.