For 60 years, the New Britain Youth Museum, a non-profit museum and nature center, has served as an educational resource for children, youth, families and teachers in central Connecticut. The New Britain Youth Museum in downtown New Britain, CT offers school programming, outreach, exhibits and special events that focus on history, art, science and the cultural heritage of the diverse peoples of the region. The New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park, Kensington offers educational programming, exhibits and special events that relate to environmental education, biological and animal sciences, and STEM.

The collection of the New Britain Youth Museum consists of over 12,000 items related to regional and cultural history, and the natural sciences. In addition the NBYM Hungerford maintains 27 acres of guided woodland and interpretive gardens that support a variety of native and cultivated plant species. NBYM, Hungerford is also a wildlife rehabilitation facility (US Dept. Agriculture, US Fish and Wildlife, and CT Dept. Environmental Protection, licensed) and accepts injured wildlife from throughout the region, as well as answering wildlife related questions on a daily basis over the telephone.