Museums

It appears I have my work cut out for me.

CTMQ’s Museum Visit Reports

Giant List of All Museums
100th Museum Visit Celebration! (Incl. Best of 1st 100)
200th Museum Visit Celebration! (Incl. Best of 2nd 100)
Defunct Museums
Virtual Museums

Jump to Towns:*

A B C D E F G H K L M N O P R S T U V W (Multiple Towns)

Damian at the Peabody in New Haven

Damian at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven, 2010

*This being Connecticut, the town listing is way more complicated than it should be with all of our often better-known towns and cities and boroughs within the true 169 towns. I’m forced to make some difficult decisions regarding the truly confusing ones. The following cities/boroughs/town museums will be listed under the real town they are within (in parentheses):

Danielson (Killingly)
Mashantucket/Pequot (Ledyard)
Mystic (Groton/)
Uncasville/Mohegan (Montville)
Rockville (Vernon)
Storrs (Mansfield)
Willimantic (Windham)
Winsted (Win)

I rather love this picture

Hoang at the Yale Art & Architecture Galleries, New Haven, 2008

The List: Museums

Andover

Museum of Andover History

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Ansonia

Ansonia Fire Museum
Ansonia Nature Center
General David Humphreys House

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Ashford

Horizon Wings Raptor Rehab,Go to the CTMQ Visit
Tremko-Stebbins House Museum

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Avon

Derrin House
Horse Guard Cavalry Museum, Go to the CTMQ VisitCLOSED
Marian M. Hunter History Room
Pine Grove Schoolhouse

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Barkhamsted (including Riverton)

Barkhamsted Historical Society Museum at Squire’s Tavern
Greenwood Glass Blowing Studio, Go to the CTMQ visit
Hitchcock Museum, Go to the CTMQ VisitCLOSED
Peoples State Forest Nature Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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Beacon Falls

None

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Berlin (including Kensington)

Berlin Agricultural Lions Museum (no website), Go to the CTMQ Visit
Berlin Historical Museum at the Berlin Fair, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Berlin Historical Society and Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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Bethany

Bethany Historical Society Museum
Josef & Anni Albers Foundation
The Mohammad Ali Museum
Russell Homestead Barn Museum

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Bethel

Bethel Fire Museum
Bethel Historical Society Museum
Plumtrees Schoolhouse

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Bethlehem

Abbey at Regina Laudis Crèche, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, Go to the CTMQ Visit
District No 1 Schoolhouse (no website), Go to the CTMQ Visit
Old Bethlem Museum

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Bloomfield

4-H Education Center at Auer Farm, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Captain Oliver Filley House
The Farm Implement Museum, Go to the CTMQ VisitCLOSED
Old Farm School and Education Center
New England Muscle Bicycle Museum, Go to the CTMQ VisitCLOSED
SW District School

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Bolton

None

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Bozrah

None

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Branford

The Glass Hut
Harrison House Museum & Barn
Stony Creek Museum

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Bridgeport

Barnum Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Beardsley Zoo, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Bridgeport Library History room
Captain’s Cove Seaport/Dundon House
Carousel Museum at the Beardsley Zoo (No website), Go to the CTMQ Visit
The Discovery Museum and Planetarium
The Schelfhaudt Gallery
The Glacier Society
Housatonic Museum of Art, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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Bridgewater

Bridgewater Historical Society & Peck House

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Bristol

American Clock & Watch Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Bristol Historical Society Museum
Memorial Military Museum
Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers’ Club Museum
Bristol Sports Hall of Fame
Glo Sessions Art Gallery
Imagine Nation Children’s Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Indian Rock Nature Center
Museum of Fire History
Museum of Greek Culture
The New England Carousel Museum
Witch’s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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Brookfield

Brookfield Craft Center
Brookfield Museum
Brookfield Nature Center and Rock Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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Brooklyn

Brooklyn Historical Society Museum
Daniel Putnam Tyler Law Office
Putnam Elms

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Burlington

Burlington Historical Society at Elton Tavern
Burlington State Fish Hatchery, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Lamothe’s Sugar House, Go to the CTMQ Visit
One Room Schoolhouse
Sessions Woods Nature Center, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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Canaan (including Falls Village)

Beckley Iron Furnace, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Beebe Hill School
Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society
South Canaan Meeting House

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Canterbury

Finnish-American Historical Society Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Green School House (CHS)
Haul of Fame Truck Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Prudence Crandall Museum

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Canton (including Collinsville)

Canton Historical Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Gallery on the Green
Roaring Brook Nature Center, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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Chaplin

Chaplin Museum

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Cheshire

Barker Character Comic & Cartoon Museum
California Raisins, Gumby, and CelebriDucks Museums, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Hitchcock-Phillips House
Lock 12 Historical Park Museum
Riverbound Farm Nature Center

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Chester

Chester Museum at the Mill

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Clinton

Andrews Town Hall CHS Museum
Buell Tool Museum
Captain Elisha White House
Adam Stanton House

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Colchester

Bacon Academy Museum
Colchester Hayward Fire Museum
Colchester History Museum
Zagray Farm Museum

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Colebrook

Colebrook Historical Society Museum
Rock Schoolhouse

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Columbia

Historical Society/Moor’s Charity Indian School

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Cornwall (including Cornwall Bridge)

Cornwall Bridge Gallery
Cornwall Historical Society Museum

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Coventry

Brick School House Go to the CTMQ Visit
Connecticut Museum of Glass, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Nathan Hale Homestead
Special Joys Doll and Toy Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Strong-Porter House, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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Cromwell

Stevens-Frisbie House/Cromwell Historical Society

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Danbury

Charles Ives Birthplace Museum, Go to the CTMQ VisitCLOSED
Danbury Museum and Historical Society at Rider House
Danbury Railway Museum
Dodd Hat Shop
Higgins Hall Art Gallery at WCSU
Little Red & Old King Street Schoolhouses
Marian Anderson Studio
WCSU Observatories and Planetarium
Military Museum of Southern New England
The Museum in the Streets
Old Quarry Nature Center
Tarrywile Mansion, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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Darien (including Noroton)

Bates-Scofield Homestead
Darien Nature Center

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Deep River

Stone House and Deep River Historical Society

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Derby

Derby’s Historical Society is in Ansonia
Derby Public Library Exhibits
Kellogg Environmental Center
Lower Naugatuck Valley Industrial Heritage Center/Howe House
Osborne Homestead Museum

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Durham

Durham Historical Society at Center School House
Farm Museum at The Durham Fair
Matchbox & Lesney Toy Museum

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Eastford

None

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Easton

Adams Schoolhouse
Bradley-Hubbell House Museum and Barn
Silverman’s Animal Farm, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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East Granby

East Granby Historical Society Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Old New Gate Prison and Copper MineCLOSED

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East Haddam (including Moodus)

Allegra Farm Living Museum
Amasa Day House Museum
East Haddam Historical Society Museum, Go the the CTMQ Visit
Gillette Castle, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Goodspeed Opera House
I-Park
Max Showalter Room at Goodspeed
Nathan Hale Schoolhouse, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Scherer Library of Musical Theater

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East Hampton

Apollas Arnold House
Goff House Museum and Cultural Center
Chatham Historical Society, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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East Hartford

Burnham Blacksmith Shop
CT High School Coaches’ Assocation Hall of Fame, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Connecticut River Valley Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Edward E. King Museum, Go to the CTMQ VisitCLOSED
Goodwin School House
Lincoln Financial Sculpture Walk (Also Hartford)
Makens Bemont House
Pratt & Whitney Engine Museum

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East Haven

East Haven Historical Society Museum
The Shore Line Trolley Museum

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East Lyme (including Flanders and Niantic)

Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Little Boston Schoolhouse, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Rocky Neck SP Nature Center
Smith-Harris House, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Thomas Lee House, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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East Windsor

Connecticut Fire Museum
Connecticut Motor Coach Museum
Connecticut Trolley Museum
East Windsor Academy Museum

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Ellington

Hall Memorial Library History Room, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Nellie E. McKnight Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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Enfield

Enfield Athletic Hall of Fame
Martha A. Parsons House
Old Town Hall Museum
Wallop School Museum

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Essex

Bushy Hill Nature Center
Connecticut River Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Griswold Inn Art, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Museum of the Fife and Drum
Pratt House, Go to the CTMQ Visit
River Valley Junction, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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Fairfield (including Southport)

Bellarmine Museum of Art
CT Audubon Center at Fairfield Go to the CTMQ Visit
CT Audubon Society Birdcraft Museum and SanctuaryCLOSED
Gallery of Contemporary Art at SHU, – CLOSED
Fairfield Museum & History Center, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Ogden House and Gardens, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Old Fairfield Academy, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Sun Tavern
Walsh Art Gallery, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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Farmington

Art Galleries at Miss Porter’s School
Barnes and Hackman Franklin Art Gallery atTunxis CC, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Farmington Room at the library
Farmington Valley Arts Center
Hartford Medical Society Historical Library, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Hill-Stead Museum
Lewis-Walpole Library and Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Old Stone Schoolhouse
Stanley-Whitman House, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Unionville Museum
William Day Museum of Indian ArtifactsCLOSED

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Franklin

Blue Slope Country Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Dr. Ashbel Woodward Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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Glastonbury

Audubon Center at Glastonbury, Go to the CTMQ Visit
GEHMS Planetarium, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Museum on the Green, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Tobacco Museum
Welles Shipman Ward House

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Goshen

Action Wildlife, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Goshen History Museum

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Granby (including North and West Granby)

Abijah Rowe House, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Colton-Hayes Tobacco Shed, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Cooley Schoolhouse, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Strain Family Horse Farm Cowboy Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Weed-Enders House, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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Greenwich (including Cos Cob and Mianus)

The Bendheim Gallery
Bowman Observatory
Bruce Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Bush-Holley House & Museum Gallery
Bruce Museum Seaside Center
Garden Education Center
National Audubon Society at Greenwich, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Putnam Cottage

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Griswold (Including Jewett City)

Griswold Historical Society Museum

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Groton (Including Noank – see Mystic/Old Mystic here)

Alexey von Schlippe Gallery of ArtCLOSED
Avery-Copp Museum
Bill Memorial Library Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Ebenezer Avery House Museum
Fort Griswold, Battle Monument & House Museum
Jabez Smith House
Latham-Chester Store Museum
Submarine Force Museum
Sylvan Street Museum

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Guilford

Dawnland Collection and Quinnipiac Tribal Museum
The Dudley Farm Museum
Edith B. Nettleton Historical Room
Guilford Art Center
Henry Whitfield State Museum
Hyland House
Medad Stone Tavern Museum
Shoreline Outdoor Education Center
Thomas Griswold House Museum, Go to the CTMQ visit
Woodruff Barn Farm Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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Haddam (including Haddam Neck and Higganum)

Haddam Shad Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Thankful Arnold House, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Veteran’s Museum

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Hamden

Best Video Film and Cultural Center
Eli Whitney Museum
Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum
Jonathan Dickerman House
Lockwood Farm, Go to the CTMQ Visit
PLACE Children’s Museum
Thornton Wilder Hall, Miller Cultural Complex

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Hampton

Audubon Center at Trail Wood & Teale Cabin
Burnham-Hibbard House, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Goodwin Conservation Center Museum

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Hartford

Amistad Center for Arts and Culture
ArtSpace Hartford, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Bushnell Theater
Butler-McCook Homestead, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Charter Oak Cultural Center Gallery, Go to the CTMQ Visit
City Arts on Pearl and the Gallery of American Art
Clare Gallery, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Coltsville National Historic Park Museum
Conrad L. Mallett Gallery at CCC
CT Culture and Tourism Gallery, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Connecticut Hall of Fame, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Connecticut Historical Society, Go the the CTMQ Visit
Connecticut Science Center, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Connecticut Sports Museum and Hall of FameCLOSED
Connecticut Supreme Court, Go to the CTMQ Visit
CRRA Visitors Center & Trash Museum, Go to the CTMQ VisitCLOSED
First Company Governor’s Foot Guard Museum
Governor’s residence, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Hartford History Center & ArtWalk, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Hartford Police Museum – CLOSED
Hartford Public High School Museum
Institute for Community Research Gallery
Institute of Living Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
International Cricket Hall of Fame
Isham-Terry House
John E. Rogers African American Cultural Center
Legislative Office Building, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Lincoln Financial Sculpture Walk (Also E. Hartford)
Mark Twain House
Menczer Museum of Medicine & Dentistry in Hartford, CTMQ VisitCLOSED
Morgan Gardner Bulkeley Historical Center
Museum of Connecticut History, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Old State House/Museum of Curiosities, Go to the CTMQ VisitCLOSED
Raether/Watkinson Library Exhibits at Trinity
Real Art Ways, Go to the CTMQ Visit
State Capitol building, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Wadsworth Atheneum
Widener Art Gallery

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Hartland

Gaylord House Museum

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Harwinton

Three Harwinton Fair Museums
T. A. Hungerford Library Museum
One-Room Schoolhouse & Barn Museum

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Hebron

Burrows Hill Schoolhouse
Ed Hodge Agricultural Museum at the Hebron Harvest Fair
Gull Schoolhouse
Observation Post
Old Town Hall
Peters House Museum

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Kent

Connecticut Antique Machinery Associatio Museum Complex
Connecticut Museum of Mining and Mineral Science
Cream Hill Agricultural School
The Morrison Gallery
International Sculpture park on Main Street
Sculpturedale, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Seven Hearths
Skiff Mountain Schoolhouse
Sloane-Stanley Museum and Kent Iron Furnace Site
Swift House

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Killingly (including Danielson)

Spirol Art Gallery at QVCC
Killingly Historical Center, vGo to the CTMQ Visit

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Killingworth

Chatsfield Hollow SP Nature Center
Parmelee House and Barns
Platt Nature Center

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Lebanon

Dr. William Beaumont House
Broomshop, Smokehouse, Pastor’s Library
Governor Trumbull House Museum
Jonathan Trumbull, Jr House Museum
Lebanon Museum and Visitor Center
Revolutionary War Office
Wadsworth Stable

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Ledyard (including Mashantucket Pequot Reservation)

Geer Hill Schoolhouse
Nathan Lester House and Farm Tool Museum
Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center
Sawmill Park Mill Museum

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Lisbon

John Bishop Museum

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Litchfield

Litchfield History Museum
Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Tapping Reeve House and Law School
Topsmead, Go to the CTMQ Visit
White Memorial Conservation Center and Nature Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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Lyme

None

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Madison

Allis-Bushnell House
Bauer Park Farm Museum
Deacon John Grave House
Lee Academy
Meigs Point Nature Center, Go to the CTMQ Visit
The Sculpture Mile

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Manchester

The Fire Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Cheney Homestead, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery at MCCC, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Keeney Schoolhouse, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Lutz Children’s Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Manchester History Center & Loom Room, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Oak Grove Nature Center
Old Manchester Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
PhotoSynthesis Gallery, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Wickham Park Nature Center and Aviary, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Woodbridge Farmstead

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Mansfield (See also Storrs/UConn)

Atwood Farm Museum
Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Gurleyville Grist Mill
Mansfield Historical Museum

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Marlborough

None

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Meriden

Connecticut State Police Museum
Frank Chiarenza Museum of Glass, CTMQ VisitCLOSED
Moses Andrews Homestead
National Shaving and Barbershop Museum, CTMQ VisitCLOSED
Rosa Ponselle Museum, CTMQ VisitCLOSED
Solomon Goffe House

…………………………………………………….

Middlebury

Golden Age of Trucking Museum, Go to the CTMQ VisitCLOSED
Middlebury History Museum

…………………………………………………….

Middlefield

Middlefield Historical Society Museum
Powder Hill Dinosaur Park, Go to the CTMQ Visit

…………………………………………………….

Middletown

Adath Israel Synagogue Museum
Davison Art Center, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Freeman Center/E. Asian Studies Gallery, Go to the CTMQ Visit
General Mansfield House, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Greater Middletown Military Museum
Joe Webb Peoples Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Kid City, Go to the CTMQ Visit
MAC 650 Gallery
Middletown Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Pegasus Gallery at MCC
Rockfall Foundation and C.S. Wadsworth Living Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Submarine Library and Museum, CTMQ VisitCLOSED
Van Vleck Observatory
Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Wesleyan Film Archives & Rick Nicita Gallery
Wesleyan Potters Gallery

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Milford

Audubon Coastal Center at Milford Point, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Bryan-Downs House
Clark-Stockade House
Dave Kuehn’s License Plate collection
Eells-Stow House
Lauralton Hall Arts Center

…………………………………………………….

Monroe

East Village Barn Hill Schoolhouse
East Village Meeting House
Eliot Beardsley Homestead
The Occult museum
Webb Mountain Discovery Zone

…………………………………………………….

Montville (including Uncasville/Mohegan)

Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art
Fort Shantok
The Gateway Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Montville History Museum
Tantaquidgeon Indian Museum
Wells Dinosaur Haven

…………………………………………………….

Morris

James Morris Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Morris Historical Society Museum

…………………………………………………….

Mystic/Old Mystic (parts of Groton and Stonington)

BF Clyde’s Cider Mill, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Denison Homestead
Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Mystic Aquarium, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Mystic Museum of Art, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Mystic Seaport, Museum of America and the Sea, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Portersville Academy

…………………………………………………….

Naugatuck

Naugatuck Historical Museum

…………………………………………………….

New Britain

Chen Fine Arts Gallery
Copernican Observatory and Planetarium
GNBAA Galleries
Immigrant Heritage Hall of Fame
New Britain Industrial Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
New Britain Local History Room, Go to the CTMQ Visit
New Britain Museum of American Art
New Britain Police Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
New Britain Youth Museum – Downtown, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Sloper Wesoly House Museum

…………………………………………………….

New Canaan

Cody Drug Store
Gores Pavillion for the Arts, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Grace Farms, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Hanford-Silliman House
New Canaan Nature Center
New Canaan Town House
Philip Johnson’s Glass House, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Carriage Barn Arts Center
The Costume Museum
The Rogers Studio and Museum
The Little Red Schoolhouse
The Rock School
Silvermine Guild Arts Center Gallery
The Tool Museum

…………………………………………………….

New Fairfield

Boyajian Sculpture Barn
Hidden Valley Nature Center
Hubbell House and Parsonage

…………………………………………………….

New Hartford

New Hartford Historical Society

…………………………………………………….

New Haven

Arts Council of Greater New Haven Galleries (4), Go to the CTMQ Visit
ArtPlace at Yale Physician’s Building, Go to the CTMQ Visit
ArtSpace New Haven
Barnard Nature Center
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Black Rock Fort and Fort Nathan Hale, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Buley Library Art Gallery
City Hall
Common Ground HS Outdoor Museum
Connecticut Children’s Museum
Creative Arts Workshop Galleries (2), Go to the CTMQ Visit
Edgerton Park Greenhouses and Library
Ethnic Heritage Center, Go to the CTMQ Visit
The Hill Museum of the Arts (Krikko)
Irving S. Gilmore Music Library Exhibits
John Slade Ely HouseCLOSED
Knights of Columbus Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium
Lighthouse Point Lighthouse and Touch Tank
Lyman Center and Earl Hall Art Galleries
MacDonough Art Gallery
Marsh Botanic Gardens, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Native American Cultural Center
The NewAlliance Foundation Art Gallery
New Haven Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
New Haven Library Local History Room
Pardee Morris House Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Payne-Whitney Gym
Peabody Museum of Natural History, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Public Art at Yale
Second Company Governor’s Foot Guard
Shubert Theater Tour
Trowbridge Environmental Center
Urban Museum of Modern Architects, Go to the CTMQ Visit
West Rock Nature Center
Yale Art & Architecture Galleries, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Yale University Art Gallery, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Yale Center for British Art, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Yale Institute of Sacred Music
Yale Medical Library Cushing Center, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Yale Visitor Center

…………………………………………………….

New London

Connecticut College Athletic Hall of Fame
Conn College Art Galleries (3)
Custom House Maritime Museum
Doll & Toy Mini Museum at Harris Place
Eagle Tall Ship Tour (at USCGA)
Fort Trumbull Park and Museum
The Hempsted Houses
Linda Lear Center Exhibits
Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Monte Cristo Cottage
Nathan Hale Schoolhouse, Go to the CTMQ Visit
New London Ledge Lighthouse Museum
Olin Observatory
Science EpiCenter & DNA Learning Center – CLOSED
Shaw-Perkins Mansion
US Coast Guard Museum
Winthrop Mill

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New Milford (including Gaylordsville)

The Bank Building
The Boardman Store
Brown’s Forge Museum
Hill and Plain School
John J. McCarthy Observatory
Knapp House
Little Red Schoolhouse
Memorial Hall/Local History Room
Merwinsville Hotel
New Milford Historical Society Museum
Northville Schoolhouse
The Pratt Center
The Skitch Henderson Museum & Art Gallery

…………………………………………………….

Newington

The Deming-Young Farm Museum
Enoch Kelsey House
Kellog-Eddy House
National Assoc. of Amateur Radio Museum

…………………………………………………….

Newtown

Cyrenius H. Booth Library & Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Everwonder Children’s Museum
Matthew Curtiss House Museum
Middle Gate One Room Schoolhouse
Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard

…………………………………………………….

Norfolk

Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate Art Gallery
Norfolk Historical Society Museum

…………………………………………………….

North Branford

Gordon Story Miller Memorial Museum & Little White Gas Station
Little Red Schoolhouse Museum
The Reynolds-Beers House

…………………………………………………….

North Canaan

Charles. H. Pease Museum at the Douglas Library, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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North Haven

Culver-Brockett Museum
EnergizeCT Center
Girl Scouts of CT Museum
North Haven Historical Museum

…………………………………………………….

North Stonington

Stephen Main Homestead

…………………………………………………….

Norwalk (including Rowayton)

Antique Tool Barn
Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Go to the CTMQ Visit
The Downtown Schoolhouse
Fodor Farm Homestead
Frank Raymond Maritime Museum & Boathouse
Governor Fitch Law Office
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
Maritime Aquarium, Go to the CTMQ Visit
New England Auto Museum
Norwalk City Hall – WPA Murals
Norwalk CC Art Gallery
Norwalk Historical Society Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Norwalk History Room
Norwalk Town House
Pinkney House
Sheffield Island Lighthouse Museum
SoNo Switch Tower Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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Norwich

ArtSpace Norwich
Children of the American Revolution Museum – CLOSED
Perkins-Rockwell House
Gallery at Three Rivers CC
John Baldwin HouseCLOSED
Leffingwell House Museum
Nathaniel Backus House Museum
Norwich Arts Center Gallery, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Norwich Regional Visitor’s Center
Slater Memorial Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit

…………………………………………………….

Old Lyme

Florence Griswold Museum
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts Galleries, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Lyme Art Association Gallery, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Nut Museum – CLOSED
Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center”
Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds

…………………………………………………….

Old Saybrook

Fort Saybrook Monument Park
General William Hart House
The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit

…………………………………………………….

Orange

Bryan-Andrew House Museum
Orange Country Fair Antique Museum
Orange Historical Society Museum at The Academy
Pez Visitor Center
Stone-Otis House

…………………………………………………….

Oxford

Twitchell-Rowland Homestead Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit

…………………………………………………….

Plainfield

Quinebaug Trout Hatchery, Plainfield – Go to the CTMQ Visit

…………………………………………………….

Plainville

Plainville Historic Center, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Plainville Library Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit

…………………………………………………….

Plymouth (including Terryville)

Alley House Museum
Lock Museum of America, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Toll House Museum

…………………………………………………….

Pomfret

Audubon Center at Pomfret, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Brayton Grist Mill and Marcy Blacksmith Museum

…………………………………………………….

Portland

Connecticut Cellar Savers Fire Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Ruth Callander House Museum of Portland History

…………………………………………………….

Preston

Preston Blacksmith Museum
Preston Historical Society
Young at Heart Doll Shop & Museum, Go to the CTMQ VisitCLOSED

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Prospect

Hotchkiss House Museum

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Putnam

Aspinock Historical Society Museum
Gertrude Warner Boxcar Museum

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Redding

Highstead
Lonetown Farmhouse Museum
New Pond Farm & Natural History Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
New Pond Farm Observatory
Putnam Memorial State Park Museum and Grounds
Umpawaug School House Museum
Zalmon Read Historic Barn

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Ridgefield

(For Weir Farm, see Wilton)
The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art
David Scott House/ Historical Society
The Discovery Center at Ridgefield
Keeler Tavern Museum
Maurice Sendak Museum and Archives
Museum in the Streets
Peter Parley Schoolhouse
Ridgefield Museum of Military Artifacts
Shields Hall Museum

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Rocky Hill

Academy Hall Museum
Dinosaur State Park, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Rocky Hill Fire Museum

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Roxbury

Double D Living History Farm
Hodge Memorial Library and Museum
Mine Hill Preserve
Roxbury Museum

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Salem

Antique Carriage & Farm Museum
Music Vale Museum
Salem Historical Society and Museum

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Salisbury (including Lakeville)

Holley – Williams House Museum, Go to the CTMQ VisitCLOSED
Salisbury Association Museum at the Academy, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Salisbury Cannon MuseumCLOSED
Tremaine Art Gallery at Hotchkiss School, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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Scotland

D’Elia Antique Tool Museum
Edward Waldo Homestead
The Huntington Homestead

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Seymour

Henry Hamel Environmental Center
Seymour Historical Society Museum

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Sharon

Audubon Sharon Nature Museum
Gay-Hoyt House Museum

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Shelton

The Brownson House
Trap Fall School House
The Wilson Barn

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Sherman

David Northrop House and Museum
Farm Museum at White Silo Winery (no website)
Old Store Museum
Roger Sherman Cobbler Shop

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Simsbury

Ellsworth Visitor’s Center and Ensign Bickford Building
Flamig Educational Farm, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Phelps Barn and Carriage House
Hendrick Cottage
Heublein Tower Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Meeting House
Phelps Tavern Museum & Homestead
Probate Building and Ice House
1790 School House
Stratton Brook State Park Nature Center, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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Somers

Somers Historical Society Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Somers Mt Museum of Nat’ History and Primitive Tech., Go to the CTMQ VisitCLOSED

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South Windsor

Pleasant Valley Schoolhouse Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Union District School Arts Center and Museum
Wood Memorial Library & Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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Southbury (including South Britain)

Audubon Society at Bent of the River, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Bullet Hill School Museum
Ludolf Farm Museum
Old Town Hall Museum

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Southington

Bradley Barnes Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Milldale Depot Museum
Oddities Museum
SoCCA Gallery
South End & West Street Schoolhouses
Southington Historical Center

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Sprague (including Baltic)

Sprague History Museum at the Grist Mill

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Stafford (including Stafford Springs)

Gasoline Alley Automotive Museum
Northeast States Civilian Conservation Corps Museum
Patten District One-Room Schoolhouse
Stafford Historical Society Museum

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Stamford

Bartlett Arboretum
Fairfield County Astronomical Association Observatory
Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery
Fort Stamford
Hoyt-Barnum House, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Soundwaters Coastal Education Center
Stamford Art Association Gallery
Stamford Historical Society Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Uconn-Stamford Art Gallery
Ukranian Museum and Library

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Sterling

None

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Stonington (see Mystic/Old Mystic here)

Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer HouseGo to the CTMQ Visit
The Indian and Colonial Research Center
James Merrill House
Old Lighthouse Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Studio Jeffrey P’an
R.W. Woolworth Library and Research Center
Stanton-Davis Museum
Terra Firma Farm

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Storrs (See here for Mansfield)

Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, Go to the CTMQ VisitCLOSED
Contemporary Art Gallery, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Dodd Center & Babbidge Library Exhibits, Go to the CTMQ Visit
EEB Greenhouses & Collections, Go to the CTMQ Visit
J. Robert Donnelly Husky Heritage Sports Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Jorgensen Gallery
Josephine A. Dolan Room
Uconn Dairy Bar & Animal Barns, Go to the CTMQ Visit
UConn’s Observatory and Planetarium
Wilbur Cross Gallery, Go to the CTMQ Visit
The William Benton Museum of Art, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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Stratford

Boothe Memorial Astronomical Society
Boothe Memorial Park & Museums
Catharine Bunnell Mitchell Museum
The Children’s Garbage Museum, Go to the CTMQ VisitCLOSED
Connecticut Air and Space Center
John Zaffis Museum of the Paranormal
Judson House and Museum
Merritt Parkway Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
National Helicopter Museum
Perry House Museum

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Suffield

King House Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Phelps-Hatheway House, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Suffield Fire Museum

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Thomaston

The Bios Museum of Green Living
Railroad Museum of New England, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Seth Thomas – Bradstreet House Museum
Thomaston Historical Society Museum

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Thompson

Ellen Larned Memorial Museum
Tourtellotte Memorial Museum Room

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Tolland

Daniel Benton Homestead
Hicks-Stearns Family Museum
Old Tolland County Courthouse
Old Tolland County Jail & Museum
Tolland Arts Center

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Torrington

Five Points Gallery
Hotchkiss-Fyler House
KidsPlay Museum
Ritz Crystal Ballroom Lighting Museum
Ritz Crystal Ballroom Style Museum
Torrington History Museum
Turner Museum

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Trumbull

Trumbull History Museum
Trumbull Nature and Arts Center

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Union

Union Historical Society Museum

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Vernon (including Rockville)

New England Civil War Museum
Vernon Railroad Depot Outdoor Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Vernon Historical Society Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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Voluntown

Voluntown Historical Society Museum

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Wallingford (including Yalesville)

Johnson Mansion/Silver Museum
Joseph Blakeslee House – CLOSED
Nehemiah Royce House Museum
Paul Mellon Arts Center
The Peters Railroad Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Samuel Parsons House

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Warren

Brick Schoolhouse
Warren Historical Collection at the Academy

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Washington (including New Preston)

Institute for American Indian Studies Museum
Gunn Memorial Library and Museum
Washington Art Association, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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Waterbury

Highland Package Store Beer Can Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Waterbury Button Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Mattatuck Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
The Timexpo MuseumCLOSED
NVCC Observatory

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Waterford

1740 Jordan Schoolhouse Museum
Beebe-Phillips House
Eolia at Harkness Memorial State Park, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Margaret Stacy Memorial Barn/Museum
Millstone Information and Science Center

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Watertown

Old Nova Scotia Schoolhouse
Watertown Historical Society Museum

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West Hartford

Abraham J. Feldman Museum
American School for the Deaf Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
The New Children’s Museum Go to the CTMQ Visit
Joseloff Gallery, (U of Hartford Go to the CTMQ Visit
Mel Roder’s St. Louis Cardinals Museum
Museum of American Political Life, Go to the CTMQ VisitCLOSED
Neil’s American Dream Museum, Go to the CTMQ VisitCLOSED
Noah Webster House Museum (WHHS)
Sarah Whitman Hooker Homestead
Sherman Museum of Jewish Civilization, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Silpe Gallery (U. of Hartford) Go to the CTMQ Visit
St. Joseph College Art Gallery, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Chase Family Gallery at the JCC, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Talcott Mountain Science Center, Planetarium and Observatory
Vintage Hi-Fi Museum
Westmoor Park Nature Center, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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West Haven

Savin Rock Museum
Seton Art Gallery (UNH)
Ward-Heitman House Museum
West Haven Historical Society at Poli House
West Haven Veteran’s Museum

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Westbrook

Military Historians Museum
Museum of Early Engineering Technology

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Weston

The Coley Homestead and Barn Museum
Weston Woods Institute Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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Westport

Earthplace
Bradley-Wheeler Barn Museum of Westport History, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Rolnick Observatory
Sherwood Island Nature Center, Go to the CTMQ Visit
University Archives
Westport Arts Center, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Wheeler House Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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Wethersfield

Buttolph-Williams House, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Captain James Francis House, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Cove Warehouse Maritime Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Hurlbut-Dunham House, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum
Wethersfield Museum at Keeney Memorial, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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Willington

Daniel Glazier Tavern

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Wilton

Ambler Farm Museum
Betts-Sturgis-Blackmar House Museum
Hurlbutt Street Schoolhouse
Sloan-Raymond-Fitch House Museum
Weir Farm National Historic Site
Wilton Heritage Museum
Woodcock Nature Center

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Winchester (including Winsted)

American Museum of Tort Law
American Mural Project
Solomon Rockwell House
Winchester Center Kerosene Lamp Museum, Go to the CTMQ VisitCLOSED
Winchester Fire Department Museum

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Windham (including Willimantic)

The Art Gallery at ECSU
Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum
Edward A. Card photo museum
Guilford Smith Library Museum
Jillson House Museum
Windham Textile and History Museum

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Windsor

Dr. Hezekiah Chaffee House
Strong-Howard House
Luddy/Taylor Connecticut Valley Tobacco Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Mercy Gallery at Loomis, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Northwest Park Nature Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Oliver Ellsworth Homestead
Rainbow Dam and Fishway, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Vintage Radio & Communications Museum
Windsor Art Center, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Windsor Historical Society Museum

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Windsor Locks

CT Air National Guard Mini Museum
Edward Sabotka Civil War Museum/Memorial Hall
New England Air Museum
Noden-Reed House and Barn

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Wolcott

Wolcott Historical Society Museum

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Woodbridge

The Darling House Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit

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Woodbury

Buz Russell’s Farm & Rural Life Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Hogpen Hill Farms Sculpture Park
Flanders Nature Center, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Glebe House Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Hurd House Museum
Leroy Anderson House
Old Schoolhouse Museum

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Woodstock

Brunn Barn Agricultural Museum, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Photomobile Model Museum – CLOSED
Red White School House
Roseland Cottage/Bowen House
Woodstock Historical Society Welcome Center/Museum

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Multiple Towns

BioBlitz
CT Women’s Hall of Fame, Go to the CTMQ Visit
Freedom Schooner Amistad (Various seaports)
UConn Public Art Exhibit, Go to the Ongoing CTMQ Visits

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Virtual Museums

Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame, Uncasville
Connecticut Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum, Hartford (Seems to be gone, 2016)
UConn Historical Costume and Textile Museum, Storrs
UConn Virtual Pathology Museum, Storrs (Sadly gone, 2016)
UConn’s Telecommunications Virtual Museum, Storrs
Virtual Instrument Museum, Middletown (Wesleyan) – Only available to Wes domains, 2016

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Comments

  1. J A says

    Hi there,

    Love your quest and your website! Just wanted to say that I hope you visit us at Kidcity in Middletown before your little one outgrows us! I know you’ve got a lot of places to go, but I just thought I’d formally extend the invitation. By the way, you seem to be prime candidate for the reciprocal card for the children’s museums (6 in CT, that’s a lot of admission — or do you check passes out of libraries?) You can learn more at Kidcity or at http://www.childrensmuseums.org, which lists all the children’s museums in the country (or most of them.) We’ve been to several dozen around the country, but that pales in comparision with your goals! Good Luck! -Jen from Kidcity (you mentioned Wes, are you an alum?)

  2. JM says

    Hi, your website is great. Your museum write-ups are very entertaining and informative, and I think all the museums would benefit from photos of their exhibits and descriptions. You are a great source for some little known museums, and your information for some of them is much better than what they have on their websites.

    If you get down to Fairfield County, here are two one-day ideas:

    Westport/Fairfield: Earthplace, Wheeler House, Connecticut Audubon Birdcraft Museum and Fairfield History Center. All are a short way off the Post Road {Route 1), although you would likely be best off with three in one day.

    Norwalk – All the Norwalk museums are pretty close to each other, and your son would love Stepping Stones and the Maritime Aquarium.

    Enjoy your adventures!

  3. says

    Thank you for putting together this very exciting and useful website! It is a thrill to read about all of the fantastic museums in Connecticut. Not only do we get to read about your experiences but gain great insight into where we “museum lovers” may want to go next! It would be a pleasure to have you visit the Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center. Our regional history exhibit is brand new with many interactive features that engage all ages in the joy of learning. If you decide to visit us let me know that you are coming, it would be a pleasure to meet you and your family.

  4. says

    I came to your site here after seeing your “tornado” photo at Brownstone Birding. I am not sure about your photo but I do like your museum lists. I didn’t have time to thoroughly peruse your list to find it, but do you recall a “Submarine Museum” here in Middletown on Washington St. I think is was a privately run affair in someone’s home. I don’t think it’s there any longer because the sign has been taken down. I will link to you on my “Conservacity” blog.

  5. museumgirl says

    Hi – We recently visited CT and almost drove off the road when we saw your famous sign! Also read your article in Museum News. We have visited some of the sites you have written about, and look forward to visiting others. However, having second thoughts about trying some of those drinks (!) Keep traveling – have fun!

  6. says

    Having just learned about your web site and goal to visit all CT museums, we at the Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut would be pleased to treat you, Hoang, and Damian to a day at our museum. All we ask in exchange is a follow-up conversation, either in person or on the telephone. Over the past 3 years our focus has been to create a friendly, engaging, creative museum that is safe and accessible for all. We value your experience, both as a father and truly experienced museum visitor! When you come, remember to plan for a day: we’ll provide you with a beach pass, free of charge, to the nearby Hole-in the-Wall Beach on Long Island Sound – but please call ahead so we can put it aside for you. There is also a lovely state park and plenty of other family-friendly activities in the area, but you probably already know that. To find out more, please visit our site: http://www.childrensmuseumsect, or call our executive director, Christy Hammond at (860) 691-1111. Hope to hear from you soon!

  7. Jess P says

    Hey Steve-

    This is so great. Seems like you’ve been everywhere. We are always looking for fun, inexpensive things to do with the kids and now I have a resource to go to. The contact me link seems not work for me, so please let me know how I can reach you. Give my best to your family.

    Jess

  8. says

    Hi please add us to your list …this is an excellent resource you have put together. GALLERY 46 is a non-profit art gallery under fiscal sponosrship of Fractured Atlas in NYC. we are located in downtown Rockville CT…we are dedicated to enriching the cultural landscape of Rockville CT by exhibiting emerging and established artists,and makeing their art accessible to Rockville and the greater community.

  9. says

    The Leffingwell House Museum, 348 Washington Street, Norwich, CT is open Saturdays May – October from noon – 4 PM and by appointment as we have no paid staff and volunteers may have to take time off from their jobs.

    The museum is a fully furnished colonial period house museum, circa 1675. Most of the furnishings were made in the Norwich area. There are workshops or events most weekends. Donations of $5.00 per person are asked but not required. There is a painting by Bass Otis and other artists of the period as well.

    The museum is run by the Society of the Founders of Norwich, CT est. Oct. 10, 1901. Membership is only $20.00 per year and includes newsletter, activities and access to the house for family, write Society of the Founders, PO Box 13, Norwich, CT 06360.

    Exhibits and events change so visit us often!

    Thank you for having such a great site! I am looking forward to your visit!

  10. says

    Hi, found your site via Bill Hosley, would like to invite you to include Real Art Ways on your list. 35 years old this year, Real Art Ways presents and commissions new art. We don’t have a permanent collection, but offer museum-quality original work. Come visit us!

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