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Saturday April 18th the New Britain Industrial Museum will be celebrating its 20th anniversary with a day of activities spanning 300 years of manufacturing processes. The day begins at manufacturings beginning with a sidewalk blacksmithing demonstration by Dragon’s Breath Forge and ends at manufacturings future with a 3D printing demonstration in the CCSU/TRIO 3D lab down the hall from the New Britain Industrial Museum. Throughout the day you can visit the museum's collection and learn about the industries that made New Britain the Hardware City of the World.

Opened in 1995, the mission of the New Britain Industrial Museum is to increase pride in the community and inspire the next generation by collecting, conserving   and exhibiting items made in New Britain CT. The collection is made up of objects produced by North & Judd (Anchor Brand Fasteners), Landers Frary & Clark (Universal), Stanley Works (builders hardware), Stanley Rule & Level (tools), Fafnir (ball bearings), PF Corbin (builders hardware), Russell & Erwin (builders hardware) and New Britain Machine (manufacturing machines). A number of other New Britain companies, businesses and industries are represented as well.

The New Britain Industrial Museum is located in downtown New Britain CT at 185 Main Street, on the 2nd floor of the CCSU/ITBD building. The museum will be open from 10-4 on Saturday April 18; the Blacksmith demonstration will happen on the sidewalk at 185 Main Street from 11-2, and the 3D printer demonstration will take place from 12-3 in the TRIO 3D printing lab down the hall from the NBIM. The current special exhibit is "New Britain at the 1904 World’s Fair".  The Industrial Museum is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 2-5, Wednesday from 12-5 and Saturday from 10-4. The museum can be opened earlier or later when scheduled in advance; and is closed all major holidays.  You can reach the Industrial Museum by phone at 860-832-8654 or by email at The website is and the museum is on Facebook.

The event is free, open to the public and suitable for Children. The Museum is wheelchair accessible.  

                    Participation of Dragon's Breath Forge is made possible with a grant from