HISTORICAL ATTRACTIONS / REGIONAL MUSEUMS

Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art
258 Main Street
Ridgefield 203-438-4519
www.aldrichart.org
This museum is one of the few non-collecting venues and hosts a variety of exhibits.

American Clock & Watch Museum
100 Maple Street
Bristol 860-583-6070
www.clockmuseum.org
An early American garden and more than 3,000 timepieces are included in one of the world’s finest American clock collections.

Ballard Institute &
Museum of Puppetry
UConn School of Fine Arts
1 Royce Circle
Storrs 860-486-8580
http://bimp.uconn.edu
More than 2,000 puppets from around the world showcase artistry in exhibits as well as scheduled performances.

Barker Character, Comic
& Cartoon Museum
1188 Highland Avenue
Cheshire 203-272-2357
www.barkermuseum.com
Displays include transparencies, toys, comic strips, trinkets, and other memorabilia.

The Barnum Museum
820 Main Street
Bridgeport 203-331-1104
www.barnum-museum.org
Graced by Romanesque and Victorian brownstone styling, the museum portrays the life of P.T. Barnum.

Brown’s Forge Museum
Brown’s Forge Road
Gaylordsville 860-350-0300
www.gaylordsville.org
Historic forge in operation from 1871 to 1962 was one of the last working operations.

Bruce Museum of Arts & Science
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich 203-869-0376
www.brucemuseum.com
Always new and exciting, the museum presents changing shows of art and science.

Connecticut Historical Society
Museum & Library
One Elizabeth Street
Hartford 860-236-5621
www.chs.org
Exhibits and experiences include multi-media exhibition Amistad—A True Story of Freedom—as well as hands-on displays, genealogy resources, and state history.

Connecticut River Museum
67 Main Street
Essex 860-767-8269
www.ctrivermuseum.org
Displays focus on the Connecticut River Valley culture and history.

Connecticut Archaeology Center
University of Connecticut
2019 Hillside Road
Storrs 860-486-4460
www.cac.uconn.edu
Multiple collections make this an extremely impressive if small venue filled with important artifacts.

Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street
Old Lyme 860-434-5542
www.flogris.org
More than 6,000 objects make this a richly endowed venue of art and historical artifacts.

Frank Chiarenza Museum of Glass
39 West Main Street
Meriden 203-639-9778
Premier pressed glass collection combines with café, theater, and exhibits.

Henry Whitfield State Museum
248 Old Whitfield Street
Guilford 203-453-2457
www.cultureandtourism.org
Connecticut’s oldest house circa 1639 and New England’s oldest stone house focuses on 17th-century history and furnishings.

Hill-Stead Museum
35 Mountain Road
Farmington 860-677-4787
www.hillstead.org
Magnificent Impressionist artwork and antiques complement the Colonial Revival architecture surrounded by 152 acres of fields and woodlands with a unique sunken garden by Beatrix.

Housatonic Museum of Art
Housatonic Community College
900 Lafayette Boulevard
Bridgeport 203-332-5052
www.hctc.commnet.edu/artmuseum
One of the most extensive collections for any community college includes Master’s works.

Keeler Tavern Museum
132 Main Street
Ridgefield 203-438-5485
www.keelertavernmuseum.org
As a former gathering place for patriots in Revolutionary times, this quaint 1713 tavern is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
295 West Avenue
Norwalk 203-838-9799
www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com
One of the finest surviving Second Empire Style country houses has been meticulously restored into an elegant 62-room mansion.

Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Connecticut College
625 Williams Street
New London 860-443-2545
www.lymanallyn.org
Housed in a handsome Neo-Classical building, the permanent collection features more than 15,000 objects.

Mashantucket Pequot Museum
& Research Center
110 Pequot Trail
Mashantucket 800-411-9671
www.pequotmuseum.org
Permanent exhibits on the native and natural history of southern New England include a 1550 Pequot Village.

Museum of Connecticut History
231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford 860-757-6535
www.museumofcthistory.org
Permanent and changing exhibits cover four centuries of Connecticut’s governmental, manufacturing, and military heritage.

Museum of Fife & Drummers
62 North Main Street
Ivoryton 860-767-2237
www.companyoffifeanddrum.org
Witness America on parade from today as far back as the Revolutionary War in music, uniforms, and instruments.

Mystic Seaport Museum
of America and the Sea
75 Greenmanville Avenue
Mystic 860-572-0711
www.mysticseaport.org
Nestled in the heart of a picturesque seaport, the famous Mystic Seaport Museum houses the world’s largest collection of boats and maritime photography. Surrounding the venue are shops and entertainment.

New Britain Museum
of American Art
56 Lexington Street
New Britain 860-229-0257
www.nbmaa.org
“Art meets life” at the first museum in the nation designated strictly as an American art venue.

New England Air Museum
Bradley International Airport
Windsor Locks 860-623-3305
www.neam.org
The largest aviation museum in the entire Northeast features U.S. 80 aircraft in two display buildings.

New England Carousel Museum
95 Riverside Avenue
Bristol 860-585-5411
www.thecarouselmuseum.org
Explore the history of the carousel through authentic and reproduced carousel animals.

Old State House & Museum
800 Main Street
Hartford 860-522-6766
www.cga.ct.gov/osh
Site of the first Amistad trial, this Charles Bulfinch-designed architectural landmark marks the site where the original Colonies of Connecticut were founded in 1636.

Osborne Homestead Museum
500 Hawthorne Avenue
Derby 203-922-7832
The birthplace and lifelong residence of Frances Osborne Kellogg showcases a collection of antiques and fine arts.

Prudence Crandall Museum
1 South Canterbury Road
Canterbury 860-546-7800
www.cultureandtourism.org
This National Historic Landmark marks the site of New England’s first academy for young black women founded in 1833.

The Shore Line Trolley Museum
17 River Street
East Haven 203-467-6927
www.bera.org
Relive the trolley era in sight and sound as you enjoy a ride on a three-mile line.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center
39 Scofieldtown Road
Stamford 203-322-1646
www.stamfordmuseum.org
Visit a New England working farm on 115 acres with tranquil recreation areas.

Submarine Force Museum & Nautilus
1 Crystal Lake Road
Groton 800-343-0079
www.ussnautilus.org
Features include the historic ship Nautilus and the history of submarine development.

Thomas Griswold House Museum
171 Boston Street
Guilford 203-453-3176
This 1774 New England saltbox home and other historic structures cover 6.5 acres.

Wadsworth Atheneum
600 Main Street
Hartford 860-278-2670
www.wadsworthatheneum.org
America’s oldest public art museum offers a premier resource center.

Webb Deane Stevens Museum
211 Main Street
Wethersfield 860-529-0612
www.webb-deane-stevens.org
Beautifully preserved 18th-century houses nestle in the state’s largest historic district.

William Benton Museum of Art
University of Connecticut
245 Glenbrook Road
Storrs 860-486-4520
www.thebenton.org
Wonderful theme exhibits combine with special events at this collegiate venue.

Windham Textile & History Museum
411 Main Street
Willimantic 860-456-2178
www.millmuseum.org
The museum preserves the textile industry of southern New England’s at the height of the Industrial Revolution.

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