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Connecticut is home to hundreds of museums and historic sites, showcasing everything from classical to contemporary artwork, ancient to modern history, dinosaurs to space exploration —and everything in between.
Featuring: American Clock & Watch Museum | American Museum of Tort Law | Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry | Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum | Boothe Memorial Park & Museum | Bruce Museum | Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut | Connecticut Air & Space Museum | Connecticut Art Trail | Connecticut Children's Museum | Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum | Connecticut Freedom Trail | Connecticut River Museum | Connecticut Science Center | Connecticut State Museum of Natural History & Connecticut Archaeology Center | Connecticut Trolley Museum | Connecticut Women's Heritage Trail | Connecticut's Old State House | Custom House Maritime Museum | Danbury Railway Museum | Eli Whitney Museum | Eric Sloane Museum and Kent Furnace | EverWonder Children's Museum | Florence Griswold Museum | Genius Museum at Nature's Art Village | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Hill-Stead Museum | Historic Ship Nautilus & Submarine Force Museum | Housatonic Museum of Art | Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center | Institute for American Indian Studies | Ireland's Great Hunger Museum | Kidcity Children's Museum | KidsPlay Children's Museum | Knights of Columbus Museum | Lutz Children's Museum | Lyman Allyn Art Museum | Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center | Mattatuck Museum | Museum of Connecticut History | Mystic Seaport Museum | National Helicopter Museum, Inc. | New Britain Museum of American Art | New England Air Museum | New England Carousel Museum | New England Civil War Museum | New England Motorcycle Museum | New Haven Museum | Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine | PEZ Visitor Center | Prudence Crandall Museum | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | Slater Memorial Museum | SoNo Switch Tower Museum | Stepping Stones Museum for Children | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | The Barnum Museum | The Children's Museum | The Discovery Museum & Planetarium | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Shore Line Trolley Museum | Vintage Hi Fi Museum | Vintage Radio & Communications Museum of Connecticut | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | William Benton Museum of Art | Windham Textile and History Museum | Yale Center for British Art | Yale Collection of Musical Instruments | Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History | Yale University Art Gallery
Follow these links to Connecticut's past, where history comes alive.
Featuring: Fort Trumbull State Park | Gillette Castle State Park | Harriet Beecher Stowe Center | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Historic Ship Nautilus & Submarine Force Museum | Keeler Tavern Museum (c.1713) | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center | Mystic Seaport Museum | New England Air Museum | Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society | Prudence Crandall Museum | Roseland Cottage Museum | The Glass House | The Mark Twain House & Museum
How do you “fall”? In Connecticut, we’ve got so many ways to make the most of the fall season—all so close to each other. By day, you can enjoy scenic foliage views, pick-your-own apple orchards and pumpkin farms. By night, take a haunted tour or a zip-line through a dark forest. Here are just a few great ideas for visiting Connecticut this fall!
Featuring: Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum | Beardsley's Cider Mill & Orchard | Devil's Hopyard State Park | EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center | Fields of Fire Adventure Park | Garden of Ideas | Kent Falls State Park | Lyman Orchards | Prudence Crandall Museum | Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours | Sleeping Giant State Park | Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds | Talcott Mountain State Park | The Sculpture Mile | The Shore Line Trolley Museum
Connecticut is proud to support Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America. Each summer since 2010, Blue Star Museums have offered free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
See below for a list of Connecticut museums participating this summer.
Featuring: American Museum of Tort Law | Avery-Copp House | Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum | Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden | Bruce Museum | Butler-McCook House & Garden | Canton Historical Museum | Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library | Danbury Museum | Ebenezer Avery House | Eric Sloane Museum and Kent Furnace | EverWonder Children's Museum | Fairfield Museum & History Center | Harriet Beecher Stowe Center | Hempsted Houses | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Hill-Stead Museum | Hyland House Museum (1713) | Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center | Institute for American Indian Studies | Kidcity Children's Museum | KidsPlay Children's Museum | Leffingwell House Museum | Lyman Allyn Art Museum | Mattatuck Museum | Museum of Connecticut History | Nathan Hale Homestead (1776) | New Britain Museum of American Art | New Britain Youth Museum | New England Carousel Museum | New England Civil War Museum | Phelps-Hatheway House (1761) | Prudence Crandall Museum | Roseland Cottage Museum | Slater Memorial Museum | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | Stanley-Whitman House | Stepping Stones Museum for Children | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | The Mark Twain House & Museum | Tolland Historical Society | Town of East Granby | Town of Scotland | Town of Simsbury | Town of Southington | Vintage Hi Fi Museum | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | William Benton Museum of Art | Wilton Historical Society | Yale University Art Gallery
Ready for some leaf peeping? Head no farther than Connecticut, where you'll find New England’s longest fall foliage season. Running from north to south steadily over about 6 weeks, the foliage coverage varies, but there’s always somewhere to see the colors change. Thanks to our friends at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, here are a few suggested driving “loops” to get you out and about during prime leaf peeping season. Be sure to program your mapping app, or set your gps, for an amazing drive through the wonders of fall in Connecticut.
Featuring: Abbey's Lantern Hill Inn | American Museum of Tort Law | Antiques Marketplace | Arrigoni Winery | Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum | Bishop's Orchards Farm Market & Winery | Boardman House Inn | Candlelight Farms Inn | City of New London | Copper Beech Inn | Creamery Brook Bison | Danbury Railway Museum | Dev's on Bank | Devil's Hopyard State Park | Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm | Enders State Forest | Gelston House | Guilford Art Center | Hank's Dairy Bar | Hartford Flavor Company | Hickory Hill Orchards | Hopkins Inn | Hopkins Vineyard | Hotel Zero Degrees Norwalk | Inn at Middletown | Kent Falls State Park | Kent Victorian Lodging & Vacation Rental | Lost Acres Vineyard | Maple Bank Farm | Matterhorn Mini Golf | Mystic Sweets & Ice Cream Shoppe | Olde Mistick Village | Prudence Crandall Museum | RiverQuest | Sharpe Hill Vineyard | Steamboat Inn | Stew Leonard's Norwalk | Sweet Claude's Ice Cream Parlor | Sweet Wind Farm Sugarhouse & Farm Stand | Talcott Mountain State Park | The Cooking Company (Haddam) | The Crossings Restaurant & Brew Pub | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | The Simsbury Inn | These Guys Brewing Company | Time Out Taverne | Town of Chester | Town of Falls Village (Canaan) | Town of Litchfield | UConn Dairy Bar | West Street Grill | White Silo Farm & Winery | Woodbury Antiques Trail | Yale University Visitor Center
On back roads, canal paths, wooded trails and coastal excursions, there is biking for everyone in Connecticut – so pop your bikes onto the top of your car and head out for the wide-open spaces.
Featuring: Prudence Crandall Museum | Town of Colchester | Town of East Haddam | Town of Middlebury | Town of Southbury | Tunxis State Forest
Connecticut is rich with Black history and stories of the trailblazing efforts that African American people have contributed to American History. With such abundant history comes many ways to celebrate it, especially during February for Black History Month. Explore the state that spawned Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose abolitionist Uncle Tom’s Cabin helped changed the world, the first boarding school for women of color, the birthplace of a famous abolitionist and more!
Featuring: Amistad Center for Art & Culture | Canton Historical Museum | City of Hartford | City of New Haven | City of Stamford | City of Torrington | Connecticut Freedom Trail | Garde Arts Center | Harriet Beecher Stowe Center | Mattatuck Museum | Norwich Arts Center | Prudence Crandall Museum | The Klein | The Mark Twain House & Museum | Torrington History Museum | Town of Guilford