MUSEUMS

Historical

Academy Hall Museum -  

Orange, CT ......... Operated by the Orange Historical Soc

Academy Museum

Orange, CT .........Operated by the Orange Historical Society

Brayton Grist Mill  -

Pomfret .........19th-century mill/blacksmithing tools and equipment, located open by appointment with the Pomfret Historical Society

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bristol Historical Society Museum  - 

Bristol..........Local history, industry and locally-made products, military collection of the Bristol Military Memorial Museum including uniforms, decorations, weapons, photographs and memorabilia

Brookfield Museum

Brookfield..........Local history/culture - Brookfield Historical Society

Brooklyn Historical Society Museum

Brooklyn..........Local American Revolutionary War hero General Israel Putnam, includes Daniel Putnam Tyler Law Office

Bryan-Andrew House

Orange..........18th-century house, operated by the Orange Historical Society

Bruce Museum of Arts and Science

Greenwich..........Fine art, natural history, geology; town-run museum has art exhibits regularly reviewed in The New York Times, a section for children and a section set aside for natural history

Buell Tool Museum

Clinton..........tools and machines, open by appointment with the Clinton Historical Society

Cheney Homestead and Keeney Schoolhouse

Manchester..........18th-century house and replica one-room schoolhouse

Chester Museum at the Mill

Chester..........Operated by the Chester Historical Society, local history, culture

Clinton Historical Society Museum

Clinton..........Located in Andrews Memorial Town Hall, local history, culture, Native American origins

Colchester Historical Society Museum

Colchester..........Local history

Connecticut Historical Society

Hartford..........Exhibits include Colonial life, the ship La Amistad, and living in Connecticut

Cornwall Historical Society

Cornwall..........Summer exhibits of local history

Danbury Museum and Historical Society

Danbury..........Danbury-area history, five buildings including -John Rider House, the Marian Anderson Studio and the Charles Ives birthplace.

 

Darling House Museum

Woodbridge..........Run by the Amity and Woodbridge Historical Society, open by appointment and special events

 

Derrin House

Avon..........Owned by the Avon Historical Society - 18th-century farmhouse

 

East Haddam Historical Society Museum

East Haddam..........Local history/industry/costumes

 

Farmington Historical Society

Farmington..........Exhibits of local history, art and culture

 

Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park

Groton..........Restored 18th-century earthwork battery, cannons, shot furnace and powder magazine, includes the Monument House Museum with exhibits about the American Revolutionary War, and the 18th-century Ebenezer Avery House

 

Gateway Museum at Nature's Art Village

Montville.......... America's progression in technology and tools

 

Gertrude Warner Boxcar Museum

Putnam..........artifacts and memorabilia of Gertrude Chandler Warner, author of The Boxcar Children series

 

Griswold Historical Society Museum

Jewett City..........Local history, located in the Slater Library, life in New England during the 18th and 19th centuries

 

Gunn Historical Museum and Library

Washington..........Local history

Gurleyville Grist Mill

Mansfield..........19th-century grist mill, operated by Joshua's Trust

Art

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Ridgefield..........Contemporary art

Artspace

New Haven..........Contemporary art gallery

Bellarmine Museum of Art

Fairfield Part of Fairfield University..........

collections include Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Celtic and Asian art and artifacts

Florence Griswold Museum

Old Lyme..........Noted for its collection of American Impressionist paintings, collections include fine art, sculpture, works on paper, artist's studio material, toys and dolls, ceramics, furniture, textiles, decorative arts and historic artifacts

Houses

Allis-Bushnell House

Madison..........Operated by the Madison Historical Society, 17th-century house with period furniture, textiles, toys, costumes, and medical, nautical, and agricultural implements 

Amasa Day House Museum

Moodus...........Owned by Connecticut Landmarks; open by appointment; 19th-century house 

Andrews Homestead

Meriden..........website, operated by the Meriden Historical Society, 18th-century house 

Adam Stanton House

Clinton.......... 1791 house and store with 19th-century clothing, furnishings, documents, and store inventory all belonging to the original Stanton family 

Ashbel Woodward Museum

FranklinLocal history exhibits and an art gallery 

Avery-Copp House

Groton..........19th-century house with Victorian period rooms, local history exhibits 

Barnes Museum (Southington, Connecticut)Southington.........., 19th-century house with furnishings reflecting three generations of ownership 

Bates-Scofield Homestead

Darienwebsite, operated by the Darien Historical Society, 18th-century period house

 

Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden

Bethlehem..........18th-century house, owned by Connecticut Landmarks 

Bush-Holley House

Greenwich..........This former boarding house, now run by the Greenwich Historical Society, was once used by artists in the Cos Cob Art Colony, holds examples of their work and regularly offers exhibits on art and local history 

Burnham-Hibbard House

Hampton..........website, 19th-century house with historic furnishings and artifacts, operated by the Hampton Antiquarian and Historical Society, open twice a year 

Butler-McCook House & Garden

Hartford..........Owned by Connecticut Landmarks, late 18th-century house with furnishings and artifacts reflecting four generations of ownership 

Buttolph-Williams House

Wethersfield..........Owned by Connecticut Landmarks, operated by the Webb-Dean-Stevens Museum, late 17th-century period house 

Captain David Judson House

Stratford..........Operated by the Stratford Historical Society, 18th-century period house 

Captain Palmer House

Stonington..........Mid-19th-century period Victorian mansion, operated by the Stonington Historical Society 

Daniel Benton Homestead

Tollandwebsite, operated by the Tolland Historical Society, early 18th-century period house 

Deacon John Graves House

Madison..........1685 house used by seven generations of one family 

Denison Homestead

Mystic..........Early 18th-century house with rooms furnished to reflect different eras 

Dudley Farm

Guilford..........website, late 19th-century restored farmhouse, barns, and grounds, tools and farm equipment 

Ebenezer Avery House

Groton..........Located in Fort Griswold State Park, 18th-century period house 

Edward Waldo House

Scotland..........Operated by the Scotland Historical Society, 18th-century period house, open by appointment and for special events 

Elisha White House

Clinton.........., mid-18th-century house known as "Old Brick", open by appointment with the Clinton Historical Society 

Enoch Kelsey House

Newington..........Operated by the Newington Historical Society, late 18th-century house 

General David Humphreys House

Ansonia..........Headquarters of the Derby Historical Society, home to America's first ambassador under George

Washington, restored to mid-18th-century appearance 

 

Gillette Castle State Park

East Haddam..........Unusual early 20th-century "castle" home built by actor William Gillette, famous for his portrayals of Sherlock Holmes 

Glass House

New Canaan.........Modern house designed and owned by architect Philip Johnson 

Glebe House Museum

Woodburywebsite, mid-18th-century period farmhouse, and 20th-century English garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll 

Governor Jonathan Trumbull House

Lebanon..........Late 18th-century period house operated by the Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution 

 

Specialty

Adam Stanton House

Clinton..........1791 house and store with 19th-century clothing, furnishings, documents, and store inventory all belonging to the original Stanton family

American Clock & Watch Museum

Bristol..........Focus is American-made clocks and watches

American Museum of Tort Law

Winsted..........A museum developed by Ralph Nader, focusing on topics of civil justice and aspects of the legal system that handle wrongful actions that result in injury. Facilities include a theater and exhibitions on famous precedent-setting legal cases

Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry

Storrs..........Part of University of Connecticut, includes hand puppets, marionettes, shadow puppets, memorabilia

Barker Character, Comic and Cartoon Museum

Cheshire.......... character toys & artifacts, comic strip, cartoon, western, T.V. and advertising memorabilia, celebrity rubber ducks

Barnum MuseumBridgeportA collection related to P. T. Barnum, his circus and the history of Bridgeport, Connecticut housed in a historic building on the National Register of Historic Places

Blue Slope Country Museum

Franklin..........working dairy farm, museum with historic farm tools, equipment and rural life artifacts

 

Boothe Memorial Park and Museum

Stratford..........The museum's collection of buildings includes a carriage house,

Brookfield Craft CenterBrookfieldSchool teaching skills of fine craftsmanship, associated exhibition gallery of

Captain's Cove Seaport

Bridgeport...........Dundon House features exhibits on local maritime history and artifacts, oyster industry, open by appointment

Children's Museum

West Hartford..........Formerly known as The Science Center of Connecticut, children's exhibits with a science and nature focus

Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut

Niantic

Connecticut Air and Space Center

Stratford..........Includes aircraft and helicopters

Connecticut Antique Machinery Association Museum

Kent..........antique steam and diesel engines, farm equipment, tractors, locomotives, road construction and earth moving equipment, historic schoolhouse with natural history displays, blacksmith shop; also houses the Connecticut Museum of Mining and Mineral Science

Connecticut Audubon Society Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary

Fairfield..........The oldest private songbird sanctuary in the United States. 6-acre site

Connecticut Cellar Savers Fire Museum

Portland..........historic firefighting vehicles, equipment and memorabilia

Connecticut Children's Museum

New Haven

Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum

Willimantic..........locomotives, rolling stock, vintage railroad buildings and a six-stall roundhouse

Connecticut Fire Museum

East Windsor..........Part of the Connecticut Trolley Museum, firefighting vehicles and apparatus

Connecticut Museum of Mining and Mineral Science

Kent..........part of Connecticut Antique Machinery Association Museum, state's mining industry, geology, mining equipment

Connecticut River Museum

Essex..........Maritime heritage of the Connecticut River Valley, shipbuilding

Connecticut Science Center

Hartford

Connecticut State Museum of Natural History

Storrs..........Natural history and cultural history of Connecticut, part of the University of Connecticut

 

Connecticut Trolley Museum

East Windsor..........Electric trolley cars, includes the Connecticut Fire Museum

Custom House Maritime Museum

New London..........Local maritime history, ship models, the ship La Amistad, customs, regional lighthouses, operated by the New London Maritime Society

Danbury Railway Museum

Danbury..........The museum has a railroad yard full of restored and unrestored railroad equipment, and the restored 1903 station house containing exhibits of photographs and railroad paraphernalia, model train layouts, an extensive reference library, and a gift shop. Visitors can take a 25-minute ride the "Rail Yard Local" on weekends in season.

Dinosaur State Park and Arboretum

Rocky Hill..........Dinosaur tracks, models, dioramas, arboretum

Discovery Museum and Planetarium

Bridgeport..........Interactive science exhibits, high-definition movies and daily planetarium shows, Challenger Learning Center

Earthplace

Westport..........Wildlife dioramas of seasons and ecosystems in Connecticut, interactive exhibits, live animals, wildlife sanctuary with trails

Eli Whitney Museum

Hamden..........Inventions and inventor Eli Whitney, toy maker A.C. Gilbert

Fairfield Museum and History Center

Fairfield..........Local history, changing exhibits, a library and reading room, a family education center, and an 80-seat theater, founded by the Fairfield Historical Society

Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society Museum

Falls Village..........local history, industry

Fire Museum

Manchester..........horse-drawn and motorized firefighting vehicles and apparatus, equipment, memorabilia

Fort Trumbull State Park

New London..........Visitor center depicts over 225 years of military history and technological advances from the Revolutionary War to the Cold War

Gay-Hoyt House

Sharon..........operated by the Sharon Historical Society, local history, American furniture and decorative arts, iron and iron-industry related artifacts

Greater Middletown Military Museum

Middletowns..........mall display