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Welcome to the
Downtown District’s
Visitors Center

Starting January 3, 2023 – The Visitors Center and Gallery 66 will be open to the public:

Monday – Friday: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Saturday:  11:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.

Executive Director Office Hours:
Monday – Friday: 9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.

Meetings can be made by appointment by calling (860) 229-0878, or emailing

The Visitors Center & Gallery 66 are available for rentals for your meetings or small events! Call us today to check on availability!

Welcome to the Downtown District of New Britain – It’s the Place to BEE.
We are glad you stopped by to learn more about the NBDD. We are a volunteer Board of Commissioners formed in 1983 to create a vibrant, secure, and prosperous downtown. Accordingly, we work in cooperation with the City, developers, and property owners to the benefit and engagement of the community.
We invite you to explore:

• Opportunities to work, live, dine, and shop Downtown
• Opportunities for business owners in the “BEEautiful New Britain Campaign” and our Façade Improvement Grants.
• Our site – learn of the history of New Britain, read the latest news, consider taking an Architectural Tour, Save-the-Date of our happenings, and even browse the available retail space.

The New Britain Downtown District (NBDD) was established as a Special Taxation District for the City of New Britain in 1983 by a General Statute of the Connecticut General Assembly. The purpose of this Business Improvement District (BID) was to combat the effects that suburban malls had on the retail and commercial flight from the city centers. The District represents approximately 90 property owners and their retail & commercial tenants; we have paid staff that act as their program and governmental representatives, staff that work as “beautification ambassadors” who work keeping the streets clean, and staff that produce advertising and social media for those owners and tenants.

Programs are educational in nature; we are the home of the Visitors Center and make ourselves available to both run our own events and host events of others. In addition to the Annual Car Show, we run the Holiday Tree Lighting in New Britain’s Central Park during the holiday season, where after lighting the tree, Santa gives out over 400 presents to the city’s youth (mostly disadvantaged). The District helps coordinate and hosts events originated by others: “Hoops for Homeless” is a 3 on 3 basketball tournament that has attracted over 200 players. The mission is to bring about awareness to the over 300 school aged children that are deemed homeless by federal guidelines.

“The New Britain Journal Downtown Halloween Trick or Treat Safe Zone”, in 2018, attracted over 8,000 children and their parents to visit with Downtown establishments and receive candy. Art In Our Heart, a pop-up Art Show is held every June on Central Park. This event attracts art enthusiasts from throughout the state. We also host a curated art gallery, “Gallery 66” at the Visitors Center. The gallery space is also available for groups to use at no charge for meetings, classes, and conferences.