New Britain Industrial Museum

New Britain Industrial Museum Celebrating the innovation and invention that made New Britain the Hardware City of the World. Visit us at 59 W. Main Street in New Britain! The New Britain Industrial Museum is dedicated to showcasing 200 years of New Britain invention and innovation and works to serve as a bridge between New Britain's manufacturing past, present and future.

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Help keep New Britain history alive this Tuesday, Nov 30, 2021 and donate here: https://nbindustrial.org/become-a-donor ...
11/30/2021

Help keep New Britain history alive this Tuesday, Nov 30, 2021 and donate here: https://nbindustrial.org/become-a-donor

This year has been full of ups and downs-- and here at the New Britain Industrial Museum, we’re celebrating this city’s enduring resilience with #GivingTuesday! It’s the biggest giving day of the year: a global movement that unleashes the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.

New Britain has an important legacy: it lives on in the objects, patents, and ingenuity of the people who live and work here. The New Britain Industrial Museum’s mission is to keep that legacy alive by collecting, conserving and exhibiting items and stories from New Britain and creating programs to increase pride in the community and inspire the next generation of innovators and historians. To do this, we need your help! A donation to support the museum or a gift of a membership will help us to continue our mission and support our programming for an exciting future.

Help keep New Britain history alive this Tuesday, Nov 30, 2021 and donate here: https://nbindustrial.org/become-a-donor

This year has been full of ups and downs-- and here at the New Britain Industrial Museum, we’re celebrating this city’s enduring resilience with #GivingTuesday! It’s the biggest giving day of the year: a global movement that unleashes the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.

New Britain has an important legacy: it lives on in the objects, patents, and ingenuity of the people who live and work here. The New Britain Industrial Museum’s mission is to keep that legacy alive by collecting, conserving and exhibiting items and stories from New Britain and creating programs to increase pride in the community and inspire the next generation of innovators and historians. To do this, we need your help! A donation to support the museum or a gift of a membership will help us to continue our mission and support our programming for an exciting future.

We are so grateful for our staff, volunteers, members, board, and wonderful community! Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holi...
11/25/2021

We are so grateful for our staff, volunteers, members, board, and wonderful community! Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays!
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#HappyThanksgiving #WeAreGratefulForYou #NewBritainCT #MuseumsOnline #NoneBetter #NBIM

We are so grateful for our staff, volunteers, members, board, and wonderful community! Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays!
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#HappyThanksgiving #WeAreGratefulForYou #NewBritainCT #MuseumsOnline #NoneBetter #NBIM

Did You Know?Matthew Parker’s 2005 book "Monte Casino: The Hardest-Fought Battle of World War II" features an interview ...
11/11/2021

Did You Know?

Matthew Parker’s 2005 book "Monte Casino: The Hardest-Fought Battle of World War II" features an interview with New Britain natives and World War II veterans Joseph Menditto and Richard Barrows. They give their recollections of the battle, including the below excerpt of Barrow’s account, name-dropping one of New Britain’s most well-known companies in a time of great need!

Excerpt:
Later in the afternoon, the colonel himself approached Barrows's dugout.
"Sergeant, call the rear and have them send up the buffaloes," said Champeny.
"Here we go again with the buffaloes;' Barrows remembers thinking. He called the rear, passed on the message, and was told to identify himself. "Of course, I didn't know what to say," he remembers. "We had no plans, no code letters or code names or anything. I was totally bewildered.'' Then he had an idea, and called back, saying, "We want the buffaloes up here and I am the Corbin Screw Corporation calling." This was a big factory in Barrows's home town. "The captain in the rear said: 'Wait.' Then he came back on and said: 'OK, the tanks are coming up.' I must have told someone in the rear where I had worked and they knew it was me calling. Within a few minutes we heard the tanks coming up and the German artillery fire became very intense.” (Parker, Monte Casino, p. 321)

Find "Monte Cassino: The Hardest Fought Battle of World War II" by
Matthew Parker at your local bookstore!

https://bookshop.org/books/monte-cassino-the-hardest-fought-battle-of-world-war-ii/9781400033751

Did You Know?

Matthew Parker’s 2005 book "Monte Casino: The Hardest-Fought Battle of World War II" features an interview with New Britain natives and World War II veterans Joseph Menditto and Richard Barrows. They give their recollections of the battle, including the below excerpt of Barrow’s account, name-dropping one of New Britain’s most well-known companies in a time of great need!

Excerpt:
Later in the afternoon, the colonel himself approached Barrows's dugout.
"Sergeant, call the rear and have them send up the buffaloes," said Champeny.
"Here we go again with the buffaloes;' Barrows remembers thinking. He called the rear, passed on the message, and was told to identify himself. "Of course, I didn't know what to say," he remembers. "We had no plans, no code letters or code names or anything. I was totally bewildered.'' Then he had an idea, and called back, saying, "We want the buffaloes up here and I am the Corbin Screw Corporation calling." This was a big factory in Barrows's home town. "The captain in the rear said: 'Wait.' Then he came back on and said: 'OK, the tanks are coming up.' I must have told someone in the rear where I had worked and they knew it was me calling. Within a few minutes we heard the tanks coming up and the German artillery fire became very intense.” (Parker, Monte Casino, p. 321)

Find "Monte Cassino: The Hardest Fought Battle of World War II" by
Matthew Parker at your local bookstore!

https://bookshop.org/books/monte-cassino-the-hardest-fought-battle-of-world-war-ii/9781400033751

Celebrate Veteran's Day with a moment of reflection: Visit us in person to view the showcase through December 1 and chec...
11/11/2021

Celebrate Veteran's Day with a moment of reflection: Visit us in person to view the showcase through December 1 and check out our latest blog post at nbindustrial.org/blog to see our gallery of veteran’s portraits sourced from the NBIM’s digital archive.

Celebrate Veteran's Day with a moment of reflection: Visit us in person to view the showcase through December 1 and check out our latest blog post at nbindustrial.org/blog to see our gallery of veteran’s portraits sourced from the NBIM’s digital archive.

10/27/2021

Just one more week until we reopen! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 3rd!

If you guessed a pendulum scale on our zoomed in image last week, you were right! This model was made by Philip Jacob Ma...
10/26/2021

If you guessed a pendulum scale on our zoomed in image last week, you were right! This model was made by Philip Jacob Maul of Hamburg, Germany, c. 1900-1902. And was used in Fafnir’s Weights and Measurements department until 1944.
The scale measures up to eighteen ounces in one quarter ounce increments, and features adjustable legs for accuracy, a sheet brass dial, and a copper cup for weighing dry chemicals. By changing the cup to a flat metal plate or concave glass dish, this could be used for postal or pharmacy work.
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#VirtualMuseum, #MuseumGames, #DigitalMuseum, #IndustrialHistory, #NewBritainCT, #NoneBetter, #FafnirBearingCo

If you guessed a pendulum scale on our zoomed in image last week, you were right! This model was made by Philip Jacob Maul of Hamburg, Germany, c. 1900-1902. And was used in Fafnir’s Weights and Measurements department until 1944.
The scale measures up to eighteen ounces in one quarter ounce increments, and features adjustable legs for accuracy, a sheet brass dial, and a copper cup for weighing dry chemicals. By changing the cup to a flat metal plate or concave glass dish, this could be used for postal or pharmacy work.
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#VirtualMuseum, #MuseumGames, #DigitalMuseum, #IndustrialHistory, #NewBritainCT, #NoneBetter, #FafnirBearingCo

It’s that time again— let’s play Collections Closeup! Can you guess what this object is from the zoomed-in image? Leave ...
10/22/2021

It’s that time again— let’s play Collections Closeup! Can you guess what this object is from the zoomed-in image? Leave your guesses in the comments and come back on Monday to find out if you were right!
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#VirtualMuseum, #MuseumGames, #DigitalMuseum, #IndustrialHistory, #NewBritainCT, #NoneBetter

It’s that time again— let’s play Collections Closeup! Can you guess what this object is from the zoomed-in image? Leave your guesses in the comments and come back on Monday to find out if you were right!
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#VirtualMuseum, #MuseumGames, #DigitalMuseum, #IndustrialHistory, #NewBritainCT, #NoneBetter

Update for New Britain Industrial Museum lovers and newcomers! We will open our reconfigured museum at 59 W. Main Street...
10/06/2021

Update for New Britain Industrial Museum lovers and newcomers! We will open our reconfigured museum at 59 W. Main Street in New Britain on November 3rd, and resume our normal open hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1 PM to 4:30 PM. Our staff looks forward to welcoming you! Questions? Contact us at [email protected]

Update for New Britain Industrial Museum lovers and newcomers! We will open our reconfigured museum at 59 W. Main Street in New Britain on November 3rd, and resume our normal open hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1 PM to 4:30 PM. Our staff looks forward to welcoming you! Questions? Contact us at [email protected]

NBIM in Anvil Place is closing! After a year of telling the stories of New Britain’s resilience and industrial triumphs,...
09/16/2021

NBIM in Anvil Place is closing! After a year of telling the stories of New Britain’s resilience and industrial triumphs, our temporary exhibition’s last open day will be Saturday, September 18th, 2021. Visit us anytime from 1-4:30 PM.

The Museum will be temporarily closed while we get our permanent space at 59 W Main St. ready for visitors! More information about our reopening will be forthcoming. Questions?: [email protected]

NBIM in Anvil Place is closing! After a year of telling the stories of New Britain’s resilience and industrial triumphs, our temporary exhibition’s last open day will be Saturday, September 18th, 2021. Visit us anytime from 1-4:30 PM.

The Museum will be temporarily closed while we get our permanent space at 59 W Main St. ready for visitors! More information about our reopening will be forthcoming. Questions?: [email protected]

We were so delighted to host the Rotary Club of New Britain and Berlin at Anvil Place this past week! Members enjoyed lu...
09/05/2021

We were so delighted to host the Rotary Club of New Britain and Berlin at Anvil Place this past week! Members enjoyed lunch, a tour of the exhibits, and short presentations from Interim Director Judd and curator Riza Brown.

Add the remote Town of Central, Alaska-- population 96-- to the far flung places where Landers, Frary, & Clark products ...
08/12/2021

Add the remote Town of Central, Alaska-- population 96-- to the far flung places where Landers, Frary, & Clark products have been found by NBIM staff! Others include Tasmania and Key West. Thanks to Tina Beach who just photographed this #2 Landers food chopper in our 49th State. Keep your eyes peeled on YOUR next vacation for pieces of New Britain history!

#nbim #newbritainct #nonebetter #landersfraryclark #connecticuthistory #historyexplored #universalfoodchopper #museumsonline

Add the remote Town of Central, Alaska-- population 96-- to the far flung places where Landers, Frary, & Clark products have been found by NBIM staff! Others include Tasmania and Key West. Thanks to Tina Beach who just photographed this #2 Landers food chopper in our 49th State. Keep your eyes peeled on YOUR next vacation for pieces of New Britain history!

#nbim #newbritainct #nonebetter #landersfraryclark #connecticuthistory #historyexplored #universalfoodchopper #museumsonline

The New Britain Industrial Museum is pleased to announce two more dates our Factory Walking Tour, Summer 2021. Discover ...
08/09/2021

The New Britain Industrial Museum is pleased to announce two more dates our Factory Walking Tour, Summer 2021. Discover the history of buildings you walk and drive past daily on the New Britain Industrial Museum’s walking tour of New Britain!

Tickets are $5 per individual, members may take the tour for free. Sat August 28th, 10AM and Sat. September 4th, 10AM. For more information or to make reservations, visit us at nbindustrial.org/tour

#WalkwithUs #MuseumOutside #CityHistory #IndustrialHistory #SummerFunforFamilies #MuseumOntheGo #NewBritainCT #NoneBetter

The New Britain Industrial Museum is pleased to announce two more dates our Factory Walking Tour, Summer 2021. Discover the history of buildings you walk and drive past daily on the New Britain Industrial Museum’s walking tour of New Britain!

Tickets are $5 per individual, members may take the tour for free. Sat August 28th, 10AM and Sat. September 4th, 10AM. For more information or to make reservations, visit us at nbindustrial.org/tour

#WalkwithUs #MuseumOutside #CityHistory #IndustrialHistory #SummerFunforFamilies #MuseumOntheGo #NewBritainCT #NoneBetter

From our collection: A Stanley screen hardware display. Cardboard and metal, c. 1950. "For all-around protection: Stanle...
08/04/2021

From our collection: A Stanley screen hardware display. Cardboard and metal, c. 1950. "For all-around protection: Stanley Screen Hardware"

Stanley still makes builder's hardware today-- how many of you have Stanley products in your homes?

#stanley #stanleyhardware, #Newbritainct, #nonebetter #museumcollection #industrialhistory #museumonline

From our collection: A Stanley screen hardware display. Cardboard and metal, c. 1950. "For all-around protection: Stanley Screen Hardware"

Stanley still makes builder's hardware today-- how many of you have Stanley products in your homes?

#stanley #stanleyhardware, #Newbritainct, #nonebetter #museumcollection #industrialhistory #museumonline

07/14/2021

Just a couple of days left to reserve your spot on our July 17th walking tour! nbindustrial.org/tour

Check out this exciting industrial rehabilitation project!
07/08/2021

Check out this exciting industrial rehabilitation project!

One week left to reserve your spot on our July 14th walking tour! Go to nbindustrial.org/tour for more info.#NewBritainC...
07/07/2021
NBIM Factory Walking Tours — New Britain Industrial Museum

One week left to reserve your spot on our July 14th walking tour! Go to nbindustrial.org/tour for more info.

#NewBritainCT #CityHistory #MuseumOutside #WalkWithUs #MuseumSummer #NoneBetter #LocalHistoryMatters #ArchitectureHistory

NBIM Factory Walking TourDiscover the history of buildings you walk and drive past daily on the New Britain Industrial museum’s walking tour of New Britain!WEDS, July 14th, 1PM | SAT, July 17th, 10AM | SAT, July 31st, 10AM  Experience historic Downtown New Britain on foot! The Factory Walking Tou...

Happy Independence Day from NBIM! #4thofjuly2021 #NewBritainCT #nonebetter
07/04/2021

Happy Independence Day from NBIM!

#4thofjuly2021 #NewBritainCT #nonebetter

Happy Independence Day from NBIM!

#4thofjuly2021 #NewBritainCT #nonebetter

The New Britain Industrial Museum is pleased to announce the first three dates for our Factory Walking Tour, Summer 2021...
06/24/2021

The New Britain Industrial Museum is pleased to announce the first three dates for our Factory Walking Tour, Summer 2021. Discover the history of buildings you walk and drive past daily on the New Britain Industrial Museum’s walking tour of New Britain!

For the month of July only, tickets are $5 per individual, $20 per family group, and members may take the tour for free. Weds, July 14th at 1PM, Sat, July 17th at 10AM, and Sat, July 31st at 10AM. For more information or to make reservations, visit us at nbindustrial.org/tour

#WalkwithUs #MuseumOutside #CityHistory #IndustrialHistory #SummerFunforFamilies #MuseumOntheGo #NewBritainCT #NoneBetter

The New Britain Industrial Museum is pleased to announce the first three dates for our Factory Walking Tour, Summer 2021. Discover the history of buildings you walk and drive past daily on the New Britain Industrial Museum’s walking tour of New Britain!

For the month of July only, tickets are $5 per individual, $20 per family group, and members may take the tour for free. Weds, July 14th at 1PM, Sat, July 17th at 10AM, and Sat, July 31st at 10AM. For more information or to make reservations, visit us at nbindustrial.org/tour

#WalkwithUs #MuseumOutside #CityHistory #IndustrialHistory #SummerFunforFamilies #MuseumOntheGo #NewBritainCT #NoneBetter

Don't forget! Donors, members, and volunteers are all invited to our annual meeting this Wednesday, June 23, 2021. Join ...
06/20/2021

Don't forget! Donors, members, and volunteers are all invited to our annual meeting this Wednesday, June 23, 2021. Join us at Anvil Place (51 W Main St.) for wine and refreshments!

Don't forget! Donors, members, and volunteers are all invited to our annual meeting this Wednesday, June 23, 2021. Join us at Anvil Place (51 W Main St.) for wine and refreshments!

Summer is heating up— so let’s look back at New Britain’s proud tradition of factory sports! Many of the city’s biggest ...
05/29/2021

Summer is heating up— so let’s look back at New Britain’s proud tradition of factory sports! Many of the city’s biggest companies, including P&F Corbin, Russell & Erwin, Landers, Frary & Clark, Stanley Works, and Fafnir Bearing, sponsored employee sports teams in basketball, baseball, and others to compete in the Industrial League! Pictured here is the 1928-1929 season women’s basketball champions, the P&F Corbin team!
Speaking of basketball: did you know that dribbling was invented right here in New Britain? Bernadotte 'Bert' Loomis joined the New Britain YMCA in 1889 and by 1890 he was competing on-- and winning-- for various Y teams. In 1891 when James Naismith developed the game of basketball in Springfield, MA, it was a passing game with no dribbling. During the season of 1895-1896, at a game played at the New Britain Y and attended by James Naismith, Bert Loomis dribbled a basketball for the first time. The other team cried foul, and Naismith ruled in New Britain (and Bert's) favor, cementing the dribble as an integral part of the game of basketball.
When you're out dribbling this summer, you can thank New Britain and Bert Loomis! 🏀

#newbritainct #basketballislife #basketballcapitol #nonebetter #nbim #industrialleague #1920ssportswear #sportshistory #museumarchives #hardwarecity

Summer is heating up— so let’s look back at New Britain’s proud tradition of factory sports! Many of the city’s biggest companies, including P&F Corbin, Russell & Erwin, Landers, Frary & Clark, Stanley Works, and Fafnir Bearing, sponsored employee sports teams in basketball, baseball, and others to compete in the Industrial League! Pictured here is the 1928-1929 season women’s basketball champions, the P&F Corbin team!
Speaking of basketball: did you know that dribbling was invented right here in New Britain? Bernadotte 'Bert' Loomis joined the New Britain YMCA in 1889 and by 1890 he was competing on-- and winning-- for various Y teams. In 1891 when James Naismith developed the game of basketball in Springfield, MA, it was a passing game with no dribbling. During the season of 1895-1896, at a game played at the New Britain Y and attended by James Naismith, Bert Loomis dribbled a basketball for the first time. The other team cried foul, and Naismith ruled in New Britain (and Bert's) favor, cementing the dribble as an integral part of the game of basketball.
When you're out dribbling this summer, you can thank New Britain and Bert Loomis! 🏀

#newbritainct #basketballislife #basketballcapitol #nonebetter #nbim #industrialleague #1920ssportswear #sportshistory #museumarchives #hardwarecity

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59 W. Main Street
New Britain, CT
06051-2296

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NEW HOURS (AS OF DECEMBER 2): • Wednesday 12-4pm • Thursday 2-4pm • Friday 2-4pm • Saturday 10am-4pm

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Saturday 1pm - 4:30pm

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Would like to do research on the attached plate. Who was it issued to? Also trying to do research on The Farmington Ave Picnic Grounds during the 1950 -1960 time period. Any information would be appreciated.
Hi, I hope you can offer some info on this coffee perk by Landers/Universal. Date of production; original cost; etc. I think it is quite nice. Thanks!!!
Does anyone have an actual photo PRINT (not a digitized image or printed publication) of any of the attached photos? or SIMILAR. images? A local developer is looking to enlarge to 4'x6' ft for new apartments downtown. Pease let me know. Thanks
Hi, i have a quick question. My mother used to work for a company on Edgewood Drive. It later became Honeywell, and then after that, Parker Hannefin. Do you know the name of the company before it was Honeywell? I am wracking my brain over this! Thank you!
A good friend recently showed me her Columbia food chopper - made by Landers Frary & Clark. I've never seen one manufactured by Landers Frary & Clark sold under a brand other than Universal. Does anyone know the story behind this model?
After the stack came down.....
The 111 year old Stanley Works smokestack was taken down today, here are some photos of the event.....