SOTS: Museums and Libraries

Museums and Libraries


BERLIN. New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park, 191 Farmington Ave., Kensington 06037. Tel., (860) 827-9064. Website: Farm, pet, and exotic animals, exhibits, wildflower walk, picnicking, play scape, trails, pond, landscaped gardens, and changing exhibitions. Open 10:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M., Tues.-Sat; closed Sun. and Mon. Seasonal special events. Admission: $4.00 adults; $3.00 senior citizens; $2.00 children; children under 2 and members, free.

BLOOMFIELD. 4-H Development Fund, Inc., d.b.a. 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm, 158 Auer Farm Rd., 06002. Tel., (860) 242-7144; FAX, (860) 243-0005. Website: E-mail: Science Education Elementary Middle School, Inquiry Science Preschool, Agriculture, Natural Science, and Horticulture Education High School. Exec. Dir., Jack K. Hasegawa; Teachers for Academic Lessons, Preschool and Family Programs, Lynn Bestor, Judith Brenner, Ellen Paine; Production and Facilities, Justin Whitehouse; Webmaster, Wild Apple Design Group; Chm./Pres./Bd. of Dirs., Robert Lyle; Chm., Finance, Ben Kille; Chm., Marketing, Patricia Estill; Chm., Facilities, Anthony Drapelick; Chm., Fund Development, Cynthia McGinty and Nick Miller; Chm., Bd. Development, Earl Gardner; Chm., Volunteers, vacancy. The 4H Education Center at Auerfarm is on historical Auerbach Farm, complete with demonstration gardens, farm animals, nature trails, exhibits, pastures, fields, elementary and middle school programs, pre-school programs, public programs, summer science programs, volunteer and service learning opportunities, special events, family celebrations, maple syrup, and apple cider making in season. Open to the public year round, 7 days a week for self-guided tours. Office open 8:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M., Mon.-Fri.

BRIDGEPORT. Housatonic Museum of Art, Housatonic Community College, 900 Lafayette Blvd., 06604-4704. Tel., (203) 332-5052; FAX, (203) 332-5123. Website: Founded in 1967, the diverse Permanent Collection, strong in contemporary art, is exhibited throughout the college. Significant holdings in ethnographic works are also featured. The Museum schedules six changing exhibitions per year, which may initiate from the Permanent Collection, show the work of established or emerging artists, or feature traveling exhibitions. An academic resource, the Museum and Galleries are open to the public without charge with free parking. Open 8:30 A.M.-5:30 P.M., Mon.-Fri., Thurs. evening until 7:00 P.M.; 9:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M., Sat.; Noon-4:00 P.M., Sun.; call for summer and holiday hours. Closed state holidays and when college is closed. Dir., Robbin Zella.

BRIDGEPORT. The Barnum Museum, 820 Main St., 06604. Tel., (203) 331-1104; FAX, (203) 331-0079. Website: Established by the Great American Showman, P.T. Barnum, The Barnum Museum opened in 1893 and serves a national audience with educational programming and exhibitions that focus on 19th century American history, arts, and sciences. Artifacts including Tom Thumb's miniature carriages to Barnum's FeJee Mermaid are on display and guided tours are available. The historic landmark building is under restoration. The Museum's modern wing, People's United Bank Gallery, is open free to the public on a limited schedule: 11:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M., Thurs. and Fri., and at other times for programs and lectures. Admission fees apply for some programs. Handicapped accessible. Please visit our Website: for the most up-to-date information. Exec. Dir., Kathy Maher.

BRIDGEPORT. The Discovery Museum and Planetarium, 4450 Park Ave., 06604. One mile south of Merritt Parkway (Rte. 15), Exit 47. Tel., (203) 372-3521; FAX, (203) 374-1929. Website: A hands-on science center and museum for all ages. Daily full-dome planetarium shows included in the cost of admission. Over 100 interactive exhibits including numerous visiting exhibits that change throughout the year. Permanent exhibits include new "Get Physical!" "Preschool Power" (Tues. morning Preschool Pals specials), "Energy," "Gustave Whitehead: First in Flight," space galleries and MoonBase Discovery. Connecticut's only Challenger Center - a mock space station and mission control - is one of 48 worldwide. State-of-the-art technology upgrades enable school, scout, and corporate team-building groups to run simulated NASA space missions in a real-time environment (reservation required). Education programs, demonstrations, and labs for school groups are aligned to state of Connecticut science and math standards. Weekly hands-on Summer Programs. Private rentals, science-themed birthday parties, senior group specials, planetarium concerts. Mezzanine art gallery. Open 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Tues.-Sun.; plus Mon., Jul.-Aug. and for select school holidays. Admission: $10.00 adults; $8.00 children (3-17), seniors, and students with ID; children under 3 free. Exec. Dir., Stephen Baumann.

BRISTOL. The American Clock and Watch Museum, Inc., 100 Maple St., 06010. Tel., (860) 583-6070; FAX, (860) 583-1862. Website: E-mail: Open 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., daily, Mar. 28-Nov. 30 (closed Thanksgiving) and weekends in Dec. Admission: $6.00 adults; $5.00 seniors; $3.00 children (8-17); please contact the museum for group rates. Pres., Howard Cohen; Treas., Michael Nicastro; Exec. Dir., Patricia Philippon.

BROOKFIELD. Brookfield Museum & Historical Society, 165 Whisconier Rd. (at the intersection of Rte. 25 and Rte. 133 in Brookfield), P.O. Box 5231, 06804. Website: E-mail: Local history museum and research library in the center of Brookfield's National Register Historic District, Civil War library, genealogy library, museum store. The museum building is Brookfield's 1876 former town hall. Historic formal colonial garden adjacent to museum. Exhibits open Noon-4:00 P.M. every Sat. and by special appointment by calling the museum at Tel., (203) 740-8140.

CANTERBURY. Prudence Crandall Museum, 1 So. Canterbury Rd., 06331; Mailing Address: P.O. Box 58, 06331. National Historical Landmark/State Archaeological Preserve administered by the State Historic Preservation Office and Dept. of Economic and Community Development. Museum is site of the first academy for African-American young women in New England (1833-34), established by Prudence Crandall, State Heroine. The museum has period rooms, permanent and changing exhibits, in-house research library, and museum shop. For information on hours and admission fees, visit Website: or call Tel., (860) 546-7800 or Tel., (860) 256-2800 (weekdays).

CANTON. Roaring Brook Nature Center, off Rte. 44, 70 Gracey Rd., 06019. Tel., (860) 693-0263. Website: E-mail: Part of The Children's Museum, Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton welcomes visitors to a unique interpretive center that features exhibits and touchscreen information about Connecticut's woodlands and wetlands, its Native American history, and its wildlife, including birds of prey. The grounds include a native plant and butterfly garden, a vernal pool observation deck, and over five miles of trails for hiking and winter cross-country skiing in the adjoining Werner's Woods, where visitors can explore the forest, streams, ponds, and fields. Programming throughout the year includes school and scout groups, birthday parties, after-school classes for children and adults, evening and weekend activities, school vacation and summer camp, special events, concerts, and rentals as well as extensive natural science outreach programs in schools. The store is stocked with nature-related items. Roaring Brook Nature Center is open 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Tues.-Sat.; 1:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M., Sun. Closed Mon., except during Jul. and Aug. Closed New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Hiking trails open daily, dawn until dusk. Admission: $6.00 adults and youth (12+); $5.00 seniors (62+); $4.00 children (2-12); children under 2, free.

DANBURY. Danbury Museum and Historical Society Authority, 43 Main St., 06810. Tel., (203) 743-5200. Website: E-mail: (History Museum, Historic Buildings, Reference Library, Exhibition Hall.) Museum and library, please call for information concerning hours of operation. The Charles Ives Birthplace, 5 Mountainville Ave., open by appointment.

EAST GRANBY. Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine, 115 Newgate Rd., 06026; Mailing Address: P.O. Box 254, 06026-0254. National Historic Landmark/State Archaeological Preserve administered by the State Historic Preservation Office and Dept. of Economic and Community Development. Tunnels left behind by miners burrowing deep underground in search of copper ore became Connecticut's first prison in 1773. Political prisoners were confined here during the Revolutionary War and women began to be committed in 1824. The prison closed in 1827. The museum is closed for restoration work. For information on reopening, visit or call Tel., (860) 653-3563 or Tel., (860) 256-2800 (weekdays).

EAST HAVEN. Shore Line Trolley Museum, 17 River St., 06512-2519. Tel., (203) 467-6927; Tel., 467-7635 (group sales). Website: E-mail: Transportation museum: street, railway, and rapid transit cars in operation and on display; rides and guided tours; educational programs for children and adults; special events; artifact display at visitors' center; library and research materials available. The museum is enrolled on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Dept. of the Interior. Special features include: world's first electric freight locomotive, world's oldest rapid transit car, and a rare operational trolley parlor car. Open 10:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M., daily, Memorial Day-Labor Day; weekends, May, Sept., Oct.; open Nov. 27-Dec. 19, Sat. and Sun. Admission: $10.00 adults; $8.00 seniors (62+); $6.00 children (2-15); children under 2, free. Seniors (62+) ride for half fare on Mon. Note: Higher fares apply during certain special event days. Special rates for charters, parties, and groups.

EAST WINDSOR. Connecticut Fire Museum, P.O. Box 297, 58 North Rd., Rte. 140, I-91, Exit 45, 06088-0360. Website: On the same grounds as the Connecticut Trolley Museum. The Connecticut Fire Museum, also known as the Trolley Museum Fire Dept., is dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of antique fire apparatus and associated equipment. A nonprofit and historical association, Connecticut Antique Fire Apparatus Association, Inc., the parent organization of the Connecticut Fire Museum, was organized in 1968, incorporated in 1971, and opened its current facilities to the public in 1975. Special events held throughout the year. Group tour reservations welcome. Restrooms, visitors' center. For further information and group tour rates, Tel., (860) 627-6540.

EAST WINDSOR. Connecticut Trolley Museum, P.O. Box 360, 58 North Rd., Rte. 140, I-91, Exit 45, 06088-0360. Website: E-mail: Transportation Museum. Visitors ride 3.0 miles round trip on antique trolley cars through scenic Connecticut countryside. Some of our more than 50 trolley cars, vintage 1894 to 1949, are on display in our visitors' center. Special events held throughout the year. Group tour reservations welcome. Restrooms, visitors' center, fire museum. For further information and group tour rates, Tel., (860) 627-6540.

ESSEX. Connecticut River Museum at Steamboat Dock, 67 Main St., 06426. Tel., (860) 767-8269; FAX, (860) 767-7028. Website: E-mail: Housed in an 1878 Steamboat Dock warehouse and located on the spectacular Essex waterfront, the Connecticut River Museum tells the river's story through interactive exhibitions, special programs, workshops, and events. Featured is a working reproduction of the American Turtle, America's first submarine. Open 7 days a week (Memorial Day-Labor Day), Tues.-Sun. (Sept.-May). Call for hours. Admission: $9.00 adults; $8.00 seniors; $6.00 children (age 6-12); children under 6 and members, free. The Connecticut River Museum also offers daytime and evening river cruises seasonally. Exec. Dir., Chris Dobbs.

FARMINGTON. Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Rd., 06032-2304. Website: Established as a museum in 1946 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1991, this outstanding example of Colonial Revival domestic architecture is set on 152 acres of park-like fields and woodlands. The museum, accredited by the American Association of Museums in 2003, houses masterpieces by Monet, Degas, Manet, Cassatt, and Whistler exhibited with Japanese woodblock prints, original furnishings, and decorative arts from when the Pope and Riddle families were in residence. The 1901 house is complemented by walking trails, nine historic buildings, miles of stone walls, and a circa 1920 Beatrix Farrand-designed Sunken Garden, today the site of an acclaimed poetry and music festival. The museum is open 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M., Tues.-Sun. for house tours. Grounds open 7:30 A.M.-5:30 P.M., daily. Closed New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Admission: $15.00 adults; $12.00 seniors; $12.00 students; $8.00 children ages 6-12; children under 6 and members, free. For more information, volunteer opportunities, or a calendar of events, call Tel.,(860) 677-4787 or visit website.

FARMINGTON. Stanley-Whitman House, 37 High St., 06032. Tel., (860) 677-9222. Website: Early New England frame house built by John Stanley in 1720, opened as a museum in 1935, and named a National Historic Landmark in 1961. Historic house features period furnishings and guided tours to represent the lives of Farmington families in the 18th century. The grounds reflect the utilitarian uses of a colonial dooryard with its culinary, medicinal, and herbal plantings. Historic house tours and museum hours: 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. Wed.-Fri.; Noon-4:00 P.M., Sat. and Sun. Closed major holidays. Group tours by appointment. Admission for house tours: $7.00 adults; $5.00 seniors (63+); $4.00 children (5-18), children under 6, free; $4.00 AAA members. Admission to rest of museum is free. Exec. Dir./Curator, Lisa Fern Johnson.

GREENWICH. National Audubon Society, 613 Riversville Rd., 06831. Tel., (203) 869-5272; FAX, (203) 869-4437. Website: E-mail: Nature centers in Greenwich, Sharon, and Southbury, with interpretive buildings, and 4,662 acres of sanctuary land. Centers open 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., daily; interpretive buildings are closed major holidays. Admission: $3.00 adults; $1.50 children and senior citizens; National Audubon Society members, free. Vice Pres./Exec. Dir., Stewart Hudson.

GREENWICH. Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr., 06830 (Exit 3 off 1-95). Tel., (203) 869-0376. Website: Museum of fine arts and science galleries offer related programs for all ages. Permanent galleries include minerals, formation of Long Island Sound, a woodland diorama, and a marine center that features animals of Long Island Sound. Educational programs at the museum and extension programs into area schools. The Bruce Museum is accessible to individuals with disabilities. Open 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Tues.-Sun.; closed Mon. and major holidays. Admission: $7.00 adults; $6.00 senior citizens (65 and up) and students (5-22 with valid ID); children under 5 and museum members, free; free admission for all on Tues. Museum shop open during museum hours. Free parking on grounds. Exec. Dir./CEO, Peter C. Sutton.

GROTON. Historic Ship Nautilus/Submarine Force Museum, 1 Crystal Lake Rd., 06340; Mailing Address: Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton 06349-5571. Tel., (860) 694-3174; Toll Free, 1-800-343-0079; FAX, (860) 694-4150. Website: The museum documents the development of submarines, from David Bushnell's Turtle, constructed in 1776, to the Navy's modern submarines. It is the Navy's official submarine museum. Visitors can tour the Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine. There is bus and RV parking and a picnic area that has seating for up to 50. The museum has a gift shop. Open winter--Nov. 1-Apr. 30, 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M., daily; closed Tues. Open summer--May 1-Oct. 31, 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., daily; closed Tues. The museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. The museum and historic ship Nautilus are closed biannually for routine upkeep: For the spring upkeep, we close starting Mon. of the second-to-the-last full week in Apr. The museum reopens seven days later, and the ship reopens 14 days later. For the fall upkeep, we close starting Mon. of the first full week in Nov. The museum reopens seven days later, and the ship reopens 14 days later. Admission and parking are free. Reservations required for groups of 25 or more. Museum Dir., Benjamin Amdur.

GUILFORD. Henry Whitfield State Museum (Old Stone House), 248 Old Whitfield St., 06437-3459. Tel., (203) 453-2457 or Tel., (860) 256-2800 (weekdays). National Historic Landmark/State Archaeological Preserve administered by the State Historic Preservation Office and Dept. of Economic and Community Development. The oldest house in Connecticut and the oldest stone dwelling in New England (1639), it features 17th- to 19th-century furnishings as well as exhibits, visitor center, museum shop, and research library and is located on the New England National Scenic Trail. For information on hours and admission fees, visit

HARTFORD. Arts at Trinity, Trinity College, 300 Summit St., 06106-3100. Box office Tel., (860) 297-2199. Website: Performing and Visual Arts. Austin Arts Center: Goodwin Theater, Garmany Hall, Widener Gallery, Broad Street Gallery, The Performance Lab at Trinity Commons.

HARTFORD. The Hartford Public High School Museum & Archive, 55 Forest St., 06105. Tel., (860) 695-1405 or visit Website: Operated by alumni of H.P.H.S. The museum is located in the school and contains two areas: the museum display room and the archive. Hartford Public High School traces its history back to 1638 when Thomas Hooker started a Latin school for boys; it is the second oldest secondary school in the United States. The museum preserves the history of the school and its unique relationship with the City of Hartford. Featured items on display are paintings, graphics, photographs, classbooks for 1896-2010, school furniture, plaster casts of classical and 18th-century sculptures, antique science apparati, memorabilia, and architectural fragments from the 1883-1897 building on the former Hopkins Street. The archive preserves manuscripts, school records, photographic collections, the Owlet newspaper (1919-1989), the Chronicle literary publication (1891-1992), correspondence, school records, antique books, and memorabilia. The Lewis Fox Library nearby displays six paintings of principals by renowned Hartford artists such as Charles Noel Flagg. The large Stuart Munro-Lenox replica George Washington (early 19th-Century) is on display above the fireplace from the 1883 building. The museum is open to the public, free of charge, by appointment only. Closed on school holidays and during Jul. and Aug. 

HARTFORD. Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library, 1 Elizabeth St., 06105. Tel., (860) 236-5621. From programs for adults and kids to award-winning exhibits to a nationally significant research collection, the Connecticut Historical Society provides countless opportunities to actively explore Connecticut's diverse history. The permanent exhibit Making Connecticut displays over 500 historic objects, documents, and images spanning more than 400 years of our state's history and traces themes like immigration, social change, fashion, transportation, recreation, home life, and Connecticut at war. Hands-on activities throughout help kids of all ages connect to the big ideas. The CHS also features a permanent display of the nation's largest collection of early American inn and tavern signs and additional changing exhibits. The store offers Connecticut-made gifts, books, souvenirs, and refreshments. Museum gallery hours: Noon-5:00 P.M., Tues.-Fri.; 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Sat. Research center hours: Noon-5:00 P.M., Thurs.; 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Fri. and Sat. Closed major holidays. Group tours available for students and adults by reservation. Ample free parking. Check website for directions, current exhibits, program listings, admission fees, and more information about the research center. Website:

HARTFORD. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, 77 Forest St., 06105-3243. Tel., (860) 522-9258, ext. 317. Website: E-mail: A National Historic Landmark connecting Harriet Beecher Stowe's life and work to contemporary social justice issues. Stowe's best-selling anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, changed how many Americans viewed slavery and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War. The Stowe Center offers interactive and engaging tours connecting the historic issues of Stowe's time to contemporary topics and inspires visitors to take action on issues meaningful to them. Tours include the 19th-century Harriet Beecher Stowe House and the adjacent Katharine Seymour Day House as well as the surrounding Victorian gardens. Additional offerings include "The Child's Tour," offered regularly year round; "Spirits at Stowe: An Otherworldly Tour," offered weekend evenings in Oct. and Halloween night; and "The Stowe-Twain Experience," a combined 90-minute tour of the center and adjacent Mark Twain House and Museum. Group tours and education programs for school groups and others are offered by advance reservation. In addition to the tour experience, the Stowe Center presents regularly scheduled public programs and events, including Salons at Stowe, a community dialogue focusing on contemporary issues, and a community celebration of Stowe's birthday. The museum store and the Stowe Visitor Center (showcasing periodic exhibitions) also welcome visitors. Open year round 9:30 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Mon.-Sat. and Noon-5:00 P.M., Sun. Last tour steps off at 4:30 P.M. Closed Tues. Jan.-Mar. and New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Open M.L. King Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day, 9:30 A.M.-5:00 P.M. House tour admission: $10.00 adults (17-64); $9.00 seniors (65+) and students with ID; $7.00 children (5-16); children under 5, free. Check Website for prices for specialty tours and for details on other programs.

HARTFORD. The Mark Twain House and Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., 06105-4498. Tel., (860) 247-0998 or visit Website: National Historic Landmark. Guided tours take visitors through the 25-room Victorian home where Twain lived, wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, among other classics, and raised his family between 1874 and 1891, his most productive period as an author. The house features one of only two domestic interiors designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany that is open to the public. The house was also named by National Geographic as "One of the Ten Best Historic Homes in the World," with Mount Vernon and Monticello being the only other U.S. houses so designated. The tour includes the Clemens family's living quarters and also highlights the servants' wing with the kitchen, butler's pantry, and more. A 33,000-sq. ft. museum center offers a permanent orientation exhibit, 1,000-sq. ft. museum store, 176-seat lecture hall, 2,000-sq. ft. exhibition gallery, 75-seat theater for viewing of introductory video by Ken Burns, two classrooms, and expanded visitor amenities. Open 9:30 A.M.-5:30 P.M., Mon.-Sat.; 11:00 A.M.-5:30 P.M., Sun.; closed Tues., Jan.-Mar. Closed New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas. Visitors should allow a minimum of two hours for tour and museum center. Admission: $18.00 adults (17-64); $15.00 seniors (65+); $11.00 children (6-16); children under 6, free. Exec. Dir., Dr. Cindy Lovell.

HARTFORD. Museum of Connecticut History, 231 Capitol Ave., 06106. Tel., (860) 757-6535; FAX, (860) 757-6521. Website: State-owned museum operated by the Connecticut State Library. Memorial Hall features the official collection of Connecticut governors' portraits, the "Fundamental Orders" of 1638-39 (which made Connecticut the "Constitution State"), the Royal Charter of 1662, and the State Constitutions of 1818 and 1965. The exhibit "Liberties and Legends" highlights the enduring legacy of the Charter Oak. The world-famous Colt Firearms Collection is on permanent display; other exhibits explore various aspects of Connecticut's long political, industrial, and military heritage. Open to the public free of charge, 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M., Mon.-Fri.; 9:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M., Sat.; closed Sun., state holidays, state holiday weekends. Museum Admin., Dean Nelson.

HARTFORD. Connecticut's Old State House, 800 Main St., 06103. Tel., (860) 522-6766; FAX, (860) 522-2812. Website: E-mail: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: Operated by the Connecticut General Assembly. Begin your visit to Hartford with a guided or self-guided tour of this 1796 National Historic Landmark, one of the nation's oldest state houses. Hands-on and family-friendly activities can be found throughout the building. Explore the exciting 6,800-sq. ft. multimedia exhibit, History Is All Around Us, in the Mortensen Gallery, which tells the story of Hartford and the importance of history in our lives. Also, check out oddities in our always-popular Museum of Curiosities, located on the second floor near the historically restored legislative chambers. The Old State House is open 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Tues.-Sat., Independence Day-Columbus Day weekend (Summer Schedule); 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Mon.-Fri., following Columbus Day weekend-July 3 (Regular Schedule). Admission (unless otherwise noted): $6.00 adults; $3.00 seniors, students, and youths (6-17); children under 6, free. Other discounts available. Open year round. Closed major holidays. Group tours available by reservation. The building is air conditioned/heated and handicapped accessible. Enjoy discounted parking at the Constitution Plaza Garage, south entrance and State House Square Garage. Exec. Dir., Sally Whipple.
HARTFORD. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St., 06103. Tel., (860) 278-2670. Website: E-mail: Discover a treasure-trove of art! The Wadsworth's collection of over 50,000 works of art encompasses more than 5,000 years of world history, from ancient works to installations by contemporary artists. Visit the country's first public art museum to experience this engaging collection of American and European paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts. Temporary special exhibitions complement the permanent collection, making every visit to the museum an opportunity to view new masterpieces. Tours of the permanent collection at 1:00 P.M. daily and of a special exhibition at 2:30 P.M. on weekends. Caf open until 3:30 P.M. See website for parking details. The museum shop was voted the #1 museum shop in New England by Yankee Magazine in 2011. Open 11:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Wed.-Fri.; 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Sat. and Sun.; Open late the first Thurs. each month. Closed Mon., Tues., and Independence Day. Admission: $10.00 adults; $8.00 seniors (62+); $5.00 students (ages 13-college students with ID); members and children 12 and under, free. Free until 1:00 P.M. on the second Sat. each month. Admission includes access to The Amistad Center for Art & Culture. Additional charges apply to the annual fundraisers, "Fine Art & Flowers" (spring) and "Festival of Trees & Traditions" (early December). 

KENT. The Eric Sloane Museum, 31 Kent-Cornwall Rd., 06757; Mailing Address: P.O. Box 917, 06757-0917. Administered by the State Historic Preservation Office and Dept. of Economic and Community Development. Museum showcases the collection of early American hand tools and implements assembled by artist and author Eric Sloane. Examples of his artwork and his re-created artist's studio are also on display. Ruins of Kent Iron Furnace (National Register of Historic Places and State Archaeological Preserve) on grounds. The museum is open seasonally. For information on hours and admission fees, call Tel., (860) 927-3849 or Tel., (860) 256-2800 (weekdays) or visit Website:

LEBANON. Jonathan Trumbull Jr. House Museum, 780 Trumbull Hwy. (Rte. 87), 06249. Website: Owned and operated by town of Lebanon. Built circa 1769, this Georgian-style house features eight corner fireplaces and beautifully carved woodwork by Isaac Fitch. Jonathan Trumbull Jr. was military secretary to Gen. George Washington during the American Revolution and governor of Connecticut from 1797-1809. Gen. Washington spent the night here March 4, 1781. Reproduction period furnishings are usable by visitors. Hands-on house tours illustrate architectural, social, and cultural change over a 240-year period. Heritage gardens and ancient Ginkgo tree enhance the grounds. Located on mile-long historic Lebanon Green. Open Noon-4:00 P.M., Sat. and Sun., mid-May to mid-Oct., and year round by appointment. For information, contact 1st Selectman, 579 Exeter Rd., Lebanon. Tel., (860) 642-6100 weekdays or visit Website:

LEBANON. Lebanon Historical Society Museum and Visitors' Center, 856 Trumbull Hwy. (Rte. 87), 06249; Mailing Address: P.O. Box 151, 06249-0151. Website: E-mail: Owned and operated by the Lebanon Historical Society, Inc. Explore Lebanon's rich and diverse history at this modern museum located on the historic Lebanon Green. The museum facility includes an interactive exhibition on Lebanon in the Revolution as well as rotating exhibitions, library/genealogical research center, and visitor services. Public programs are offered on a regular basis. Open Noon-4:00 P.M., Wed.-Sat., year round. The genealogical research center is open Noon-4:00 P.M., Wed.-Fri., and most Sat. Appointments appreciated. For information, contact the LHS Museum, Tel., (860) 642-6579. Dir., Donna Baron.

LITCHFIELD. The Litchfield History Museum and Tapping Reeve House and Law School, 7 South St., 06759; Mailing Address: P.O. Box 385, 06759-0385. Tel., (860) 567-4501. Website: E-mail: The Litchfield History Museum and Tapping Reeve House and Law School are open 11:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Tues.-Sat.; 1:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M., Sun., mid-Apr. through Nov. The Ingraham Memorial Research Library is open 10:00 A.M.-Noon and 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M., Tues.-Fri., year round. Educator, Elizabeth O'Grady; Curator, Jessica Jenkins; Archivist, Linda Hocking; Exec. Dir., Catherine Keene Fields.

LITCHFIELD. White Memorial Conservation Center, 80 Whitehall Rd., P.O. Box 368, 06759-0368. Website: E-mail: Located on the grounds of the 4,000-acre White Memorial Foundation Wildlife Sanctuary. Natural history exhibits, gift shop, and educational activities. Trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding as well as a self-guiding nature trail and unique nature trail of the senses. Fishing, swimming, boating, and camping also available. Grounds open all year every day. Museum open 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Mon.-Sat.; Noon-5:00 P.M., Sun. Closed major holidays. Admission to grounds free. Museum membership open to public. Fee for non-members. For program information, call Tel., (860) 567-0857.

MANCHESTER. Lutz Children's Museum, 247 So. Main St., 06040. Tel., (860) 643-0949. Website: Live animals, hands-on exhibits, classes, collection of artifacts, trips, concerts, special events, and nature center. Open 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Tues.-Fri.; Noon-5:00 P.M., Sat. and Sun.; closed Mon. Admission: $7.00 adults and children (over one year old); members free. Group tours by appointment. Exec. Dir., Robert Eckert.

MANSFIELD. Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center, The University of Connecticut, 2019 Hillside Rd., Storrs 06269-1023. Tel., (860) 486-4460; FAX, (860) 486-0827. Website: E-mail: The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History's permanent exhibit, Human's Nature: Looking Closer at the Relationships between People and the Environment, explores how the natural history of Southern New England has shaped the lives of the people who live here and how people, in turn, have shaped the environment. This story will be told through the lenses of many different academic disciplines at the University of Connecticut and will introduce visitors to a group of fascinating scholars and their work here in New England. The museum's second floor includes two classrooms for the museum's multidisciplinary programs. Field learning activities, labs and workshops, notable guest lecturers, camps, and family programs are some of the museum's education programs for children and adults. The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut. Exhibit open 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M., Mon.-Fri. Administration office open 9:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M., Mon.-Fri. No admission charge; donations are appreciated. State Archaeologist, Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni; Dir., Leanne Kennedy Harty.

MANSFIELD. The William Benton Museum of Art, Connecticut's State Art Museum. The University of Connecticut, 245 Glenbrook Rd., Unit 3140, Storrs 06269-3140. Tel., (860) 486-4520; FAX, (860) 486-0234. Website: E-mail: Located at the heart of the University of Connecticut's campus, the Benton Museum has a collection of more than 6,000 works of art, dating from the 16th to the 21st centuries, including works by Kthe Kollwitz, Reginald Marsh, Mary Cassatt, Rembrandt Peale, and Romare Beardon. The Museum presents 12-15 historical, contemporary, and traveling exhibitions each year, as well as art lectures, receptions, gallery talks, musical programs, campus art walks, drawing workshops, and films, all open to the public. Exhibition galleries and Museum Store are open (during exhibit periods) 10:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M., Tues.-Fri.; 1:00 P.M.-4:30 P.M., Sat. and Sun. No admission charge; donations are appreciated. Exec. Dir., Nancy Stula, Ph.D.

MASHANTUCKET. Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, 110 Pequot Trail, P.O. Box 3180, CT 06338-3180. Tel., Toll Free, 1-800-411-9671. Website: The center houses 85,000 sq. ft. of permanent exhibits on the natural and Native history of Southern New England and beyond, including multi-sensory dioramas, films, videos, and 3D computer interactive programs. A walk through the 16th-century Pequot village features 13 wigwams and 51 lifelike figures posed in activities from daily life. Another highlight is the caribou hunt diorama, a scene depicting life in southeastern Connecticut 11,000 years ago. Historical artifacts and original Native artwork are also on display. The library, archives, and special collections serve as resources on the histories and cultures of all Native peoples of the United States and Canada. Restaurant and gift shop. On-site parking; regular shuttles from Foxwoods Resort Casino, one mile away. Take I-395, Exit 79A or I-95, Exit 92, and follow signs to the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation and the museum. Open 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. (last admission at 4:00 P.M.), Wed.-Sat.; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Visit for seasonal closure information. Admission: $20.00 adults; $15.00 seniors (55+) and college students; $12.00 youth (6-18); children under 6, free.

MIDDLETOWN. Wesleyan University, Davison Art Center, 301 High St., 06459. Tel., (860) 685-2500. Website: Open Noon-4:00 P.M., Tues.-Sun., Sept.-May; closed holidays and during academic vacations. Free admission. Curator, Clare Rogan.

MYSTIC. Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Blvd. (Exit 90, off I-95), 06355-1997. Tel., (860) 572-5955. Website: E-mail: Mystic Aquarium is counted among the nation's leading aquariums with more than 300 species and an extensive collection of marine mammals, including New England's only beluga whales. As a pioneer in interactive guest experiences, Mystic Aquarium offers a variety of encounter programs with a range of marine animals like African penguins and belugas. "Trainer for the Day" is among the most popular. Known as New England's hands-on aquarium, Mystic Aquarium also features exhibits like Scales & Tails, Shark Encounter touch tank, ray feeding, and more. Live shows in our Foxwoods Marine Theater feature daily sea lion shows, providing a truly unique opportunity to see these fascinating animals up close and in action. With temporary and traveling exhibits, a varying slate of shows in our 4-D Theater, and seasonal events and activities, Mystic Aquarium is a year-round destination worth revisiting often.

With a mission to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet, Mystic Aquarium is proud of its education, research and exploration, and Animal Rescue programs as part of the Sea Research Foundation. To learn more visit:

Mystic Aquarium is open daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Seasonal hours are as follows: 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Apr.-Labor Day; 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M., Sept. 2-Nov.; 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M., Dec.-Feb.; 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M., Mar. For group reservations, please call Tel., (860) 572-5955, ext. 520.

MYSTIC. Mystic Seaport-The Museum of America and the Sea. 75 Greenmanville Ave., P.O. Box 6000, 06355-0990. Tel., (860) 572-0711 or Toll Free, 1-888-973-2767. Website: E-mail: Nation's leading maritime museum featuring historic ships and watercraft, a planetarium, exhibits, and educational programs focused on the stories of America and the sea. Also, a research library, an historic artifact collections center, and a working preservation shipyard. Operated by Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc. Tel., Toll Free, 1-888-973-2767. Open 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., daily, Apr.-Oct.; 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M., daily, Nov.; 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M., Thurs.-Sun., Dec. and Feb.-Mar. Closed Jan. 2-Feb. 14, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Admission: $25.00 adults; $22.00 seniors (65+), active duty military, and college students with ID; $15.00 children (6-17); children 5 and under, free.

NAUGATUCK. Naugatuck Historical Society Museum, 195 Water St., 06770. Tel., (203) 729-9039. Website: Dedicated to the history of Naugatuck and the local area. It is located in the former train station in Naugatuck.

NEW BRITAIN. New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., 06052. Tel., (860) 229-0257; FAX, (860) 229-3445. Website: E-mail: The first museum in the world dedicated solely to collecting American art, the NBMAA is renowned for its preeminent collection spanning three centuries of American history. The award-winning Chase family building, which opened in 2006 to critical and public acclaim, features 15 spacious galleries that showcase the permanent collection and upwards of 20 special exhibitions annually featuring American masters, emerging artists, and private collections. Education and community outreach programs for all ages include docent-led school and adult tours, teacher services, studio classes and vacation programs, Art Happy Hour gallery talks, lectures, symposia, concerts, film, First Friday jazz evenings, quarterly Museum After Dark parties for young professionals, and the annual Juneteenth celebration. Enjoy Caf on the Park for a light lunch prepared by Riverhouse Catering. Visit the museum shop for unique gifts. Drop by the "ArtLab" learning gallery with your little ones. Open year round 11:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Mon.-Wed., Fri.; 11:00 A.M.-8:00 P.M., Thurs.; 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Sat.; Noon-5:00 P.M., Sun. Closed New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Tours for school (ext. 220) and adult groups (ext. 203) are available by appointment and should be booked four weeks in advance. Admission: $12.00 adults; $10.00 senior citizens; $8.00 students; children under 12, free. Free admission from 10:00 A.M.-Noon on Sat.

NEW BRITAIN. New Britain Youth Museum, 30 High St., 06051. Tel., (860) 225-3020. Website: Changing exhibits of cultural and historic interest. Some exhibits lend themselves to participation. Open 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Tues.; Noon-5:00 P.M., Wed.-Fri.; 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M., Sat., craft/activity all day. Closed Sun. and Mon. Summer hours: 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Mon.-Fri.; closed Sat. and Sun. Free admission.

NEW CANAAN. New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge, 06840. Tel., (203) 966-9577; FAX, (203) 966-6536. Website: Natural science and horticulture Education. Nature trails, exhibits, visitors' center, flight cages with several different birds of prey, greenhouse, gardens, arboretum, children's play garden and boxwood maze, school programs, public programs, preschool, summer camp, birthday parties, volunteer programs, Secret Gardens tour in June, beer festival and (separately) a traditional family Fall Fair in October, Winter Wonderland with extensive train exhibit and chance to visit with Santa in December; maple syrup and apple cider making in season. Buildings open 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M., Tues.-Sat. Grounds open dawn-dusk daily. Dir., Finance and Bus. Operations, Kevin Kelly; Dir. of Education, Geoff McCann; Volunteer and Membership Dir., Jennifer Rayher; Dir., Preschool, Marianne Kay; Buildings and Grounds Mgr., Jose Maldonado; Dir. of Marketing and Development, Boardie Kurz; Pres., Bd. of Trustees, Linda Andros; Exec. Dir., Laura Heckman.

NEW HAVEN. New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave., 06510. Website: E-mail: Pres., George Rapport; Treas., Francis Jay Broderick, Exec. Dir., Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky.

NEW HAVEN. Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., P.O. Box 208280, 06520-8280. Tel., (203) 432-2800; Toll Free in U.S., 1-877-BRITART; FAX, (203) 432-4538. Website: E-mail: Largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom in a landmark building designed by Louis Kahn. Presented to Yale University by Paul Mellon (Yale College, Class of 1929), the extensive collections include paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and rare books from the 16th century to the present. Open 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Tues.-Sat.; Noon-5:00 P.M., Sun. Admission free. Dir., Amy Meyers; Head of Communications and Marketing, Betsy Kim.

NEW HAVEN. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University, 170 Whitney Ave., P.O. Box 208118, 06520-8118. Tel., (203) 432-5050; Groups, Tel., (203) 432-3775. Website: E-mail: One of the top natural history museums in the Western world, the museum combines intimate size with world-class collections. Over 12 million specimens and artifacts ranging from minute marine organisms to birds, mammals, primates, Egyptian mummies, and giant dinosaur skeletons span 4 billion years of Earth history. The vertebrate paleontology collection, begun by O.C. Marsh, is the third largest in the nation and its meteorite collection the oldest. The Hall of Minerals, Earth, and Space features exhibits on rare gems and minerals, Connecticut geology, earthquakes, and other geologic phenomena. Other exhibits on ancient Egypt, Connecticut birds, and Native American cultures plus Discovery Room and Museum Store. Special events include MLK Jr. Celebration in January, Dinosaur Days in February, Summer's Last Roar in August, and Fiesta Latina in October. Open 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Mon.-Sat.; Noon-5:00 P.M., Sun. Open Memorial Day and Labor Day; closed other major holidays. Admission: $9.00 adults; $8.00 senior citizens (65 and over); $5.00 children ages 3-18 and college students with ID; $4.00 group admissions with advance reservations; free 2:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M., Thurs., Sept.-Jun. Wheelchair accessible. Dir., David Skelly; Public Relations, Melanie Brigockas.

NEW HAVEN. Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., P.O. Box 208271, 06520-8271. Website: Open 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Tues.-Fri.; 10:00 A.M.-8:00 P.M., Thurs., Sept.-Jun.; 11:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Sat. and Sun.; closed Mon. and major holidays. Free admission. Information on exhibitions, programs, and directions, Tel., (203) 432-0600; group and school tours, Tel., (203) 436-8827.

NEW LONDON. Connecticut College Arboretum, 270 Mohegan Ave., Connecticut College, 06320. Website: Privately owned and open to the public. The 750 acres, which encompass all college property, include the college campus landscape, an extensive native tree and shrub collection, wildflower gardens, native azalea garden, naturalistic landscape demonstration areas, and two large natural areas for ecological research. Trail system throughout the native plant collection. Open daily dawn-dusk. Free to public. The Arboretum offers free Sat. morning tours at 10:00 A.M. from the first Sat. in May to the last Sat. in Oct. Call Tel., (860) 439-5060 or E-mail: for further information and to learn about Arboretum educational opportunities.

NEW LONDON. Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 625 Williams St., 06320. Tel., (860) 443-2545. Website: A cultural, educational, and community resource that welcomes about 25,000 visitors annually from New London, southeastern Connecticut and all over the world. Established by a gift from Harriet Allyn in memory of her seafaring father, the museum opened the doors of its beautiful neoclassical building in 1932. Today it houses a fascinating collection of over 10,000 objects from ancient times to the present: artworks from Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe, with particularly strong collections of American paintings, decorative arts, and Victorian toys and dollhouses. Open 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Tues.-Sat.; 1:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M., Sun.; closed Mon. and major holidays. Admission: $10.00 adults; $7.00 students (18+) and seniors; $5.00 students under 18; children under 12, museum members, Connecticut College, and New London residents with ID, free. Facilities for the handicapped available. Dir., D. Samuel Quigley.

NEW LONDON. Deshon-Allyn House, 613 Williams St., 06320. Tel., (860) 443-2545. Website: Mailing Address: c/o Lyman Allyn Art Museum. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Deshon-Allyn House is a granite, federal-style house built in 1830 and shared by the families of two prominent, local whaling captains.

NORWALK. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Mathews Park, 303 West Ave., 06850. Tel., (203) 899-0606; FAX, (203) 899-0530. Website: E-mail: Stepping Stones is an award-winning children's museum committed to broadening and enriching the lives of children. Open your world to amazing discoveries, learning and playing through hands-on exhibits, educational programs, and special events that complement efforts in schools, childcare centers, and homes. Renovated to LEED Gold Certification standards, Stepping Stones has five main exhibit areas, including a birth to toddlers-only gallery and a traveling exhibit gallery as well as a state-of-the-art multimedia gallery, open-air tented courtyard, and community gardens - all designed for children 10 and under. The museum also runs an ELLI Lab School for children ages 3 to 5 with half- and full-day programs to promote early language and literacy. Open 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. daily during the summer and Tues.-Sun. during the school year. Admission: $15.00 children and adults; $10.00 seniors (65+); children under 1, free. CEO, Rhonda Kiest.

NORWICH. Leffingwell House Historic Museum, 348 Washington St., 06360. Tel., (860) 889-9440. Website: The Leffingwell House Historic Museum is owned and operated by the Society of the Founders of Norwich. Our mission is to educate the community on the history of the founders of Norwich by showcasing archives and artifacts from the period 1645-1865 stored in the Leffingwell House museum vault. The house incorporates 17th- and 18th-century architecture, developing from a 17th-century pre-Revolutionary tavern to a mid-18th-century townhouse. Gen. George Washington visited Col. Christopher Leffingwell at the house during the Revolutionary War, seeking provisions and supplies for the Continental Army. Utensils, tools, furnishings, silver, and china of the period are displayed. Interpreters evoke the independent spirit and lifestyle of early Americana. Open 11:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M., Sat., Apr.-Oct. and by appointment. Admission: $5.00 adults; $3.00 seniors and children; members, free. Pres., Gregory E. Farlow.

NORWICH. Slater Memorial Museum, located in the Slater Memorial Building and the adjacent Converse Art Gallery on the campus of the Norwich Free Academy, 108 Crescent St., 06360. Tel., (860) 887-2506; FAX, (860) 885-0379. Website: Open year round 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M., Tues.-Fri.; 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M., Sat. and Sun.; closed Mon. and most major holidays. Admission: $3.00 adults; $2.00 seniors; $1.00 students with ID; Friends of Slater Museum and children under 12, free; guided group tours available. Dir., Vivian F. Zo.

OLD LYME. Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., 06371. Website: Pres., Frank W. Hamilton III; Vice Pres., David W. Dangremond, Jane Rapport; Secy., Lee Jacobus; Treas., Andy Baxter; Dir., Jeffrey W. Andersen.

ROCKY HILL. Academy Hall Museum, 785 Old Main St., P.O. Box 185, 06067-0185. Tel., (860) 563-6704. Website: Open year round 10:00 A.M.-Noon, Tues., or by appointment; 12:30 P.M.-3:00 P.M, Sat.; 6:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M., fourth Thurs. of Jun.-Sept. Pres., Michael Martino.

SCOTLAND. Huntington Homestead Museum, 36 Huntington Rd., Rte. 14, 06264. Website: Tour guides lead visitors through the circa 1723 birthplace of Samuel Huntington, signer of the Declaration of Independence. The museum is owned and operated by the Gov. Samuel Huntington Trust. Open 11:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M., the first and third Sat. of each month, May-Oct., or by appointment. Free admission, donations welcome. For more information, contact Kevin Ring, Tel., (860) 423-1547.

STAMFORD. The Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd., 06903. Tel., (203) 322-1646. Website: Unique family-oriented, educational, cultural, and recreational resource with a 118-acre woodland site comprising a rich array of resources and facilities: a working farm; nature center; state-of-the-art observatory with research telescope; museum exhibition galleries; facilities for classes and workshops; retail store; playground; planetarium; and vast hardwood forest with five hiking trails, which includes a universally accessible "Wheels in the Woods" trail. Founded in 1936, the museum serves a broad audience and provides educational programs for children, special family festivals, interactive exhibitions, and a variety of special events. Open 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Mon.-Sun. Bendel mansion and galleries open 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Mon.-Sat., and 11:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Sun.; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Admission fees and family festival fees.

STONINGTON. Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc., Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic 06355. Website: E-mail: Chm. of Bd., J. Barclay Collins, II; Pres., Stephen C. White; Vice Chm., Robert L. McGraw; Secy., Michael S. Hudner; Asst. Secy., Maureen Hennessey; Treas., Sharon E. Cohen; Asst. Treas., Marcy Withington.

STRATFORD. Boothe Memorial Park and Museum, Main St. Putney (Exit 53 off Rte. 15), P.O. Box 902, 06615-0902. Tel., (203) 381-2046. A 32-acre former homestead of the Boothe family, 1663-1949, with picnic facilities, playgrounds, and museum buildings. A National Register of Historic Places site featuring carriage barn, an 1820 homestead, blacksmith shop, trolley station, Merritt Parkway Toll Booth Plaza, windmill, clocktower museum, rock and mineral museum, and ice house. An award-winning wedding rose garden and sunken garden are open year round. Park open 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., daily; museum tours, 11:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M., Tues.-Fri., Jun. 1-Oct. 1; 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M., Sun. Free and handicapped accessible.

STRATFORD. National Helicopter Museum, Inc., 2480 Main St., P.O. Box 775, 06615-0775. Tel., (203) 375-8857. Website: Location: Eastbound railroad station in Stratford. Open 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M., Wed.-Sun., Memorial Day to the second week of Oct. Special tours can also be arranged, in advance. Free admission and free parking.

VERNON. The New England Civil War Museum, 14 Park Pl., 06066. Tel., (860) 870-3563. Website: E-mail: Located in Rockville's historic Memorial Hall, the New England Civil War Museum has one of the most-identified collections of Civil War artifacts in the region. In addition, the museum contains a Civil War history library. The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Hall housing the museum remains in its late 1890s decor and is operated by Alden Skinner Camp #45, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Open Noon-3:00 P.M., second and fourth Sundays, and by appointment. E-mail for weekly hours and openings by appointment. Admission: free; donations accepted. Handicapped accessible. Exec. Dir., Matthew Reardon.

WASHINGTON. Gunn Memorial Museum, affiliated with the Gunn Memorial Library, 5 Wykeham Rd., Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1273, 06793-0273. Tel., (860) 868-7756; FAX: (860) 868-7247. Website: E-mail: The museum was founded in 1899 and is housed in a circa 1780 residence overlooking the historic Washington Green. Our mission is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret objects and documents that illuminate the lives and concerns of people who have lived in the town of Washington. There are seasonally changing exhibits and a research library with photographs, documents, and genealogical materials available to the public. Directions: Located at the intersection of Rte. 47 and Wykeham Road. Open 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M., Thurs.-Sat., all year; Noon.-4:00 P.M., Sun., May-Dec., and by appointment. Free admission. Exec. Dir., Jean Chapin; Curator, Stephen Bartkus.  

WASHINGTON. Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Rd., P.O. Box 1260, 06793-1260. Tel., (860) 868-0518; FAX, (860) 868-1649. Website: E-mail: Museum and education center. Open 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Mon.-Sat.; Noon-5:00 P.M., Sun. (last admission at 4:30 P.M.). Admission: $8.00 adults; $6.00 senior citizens; $5.00 children. Dir., Laurie P. Lamarre.

WEST HARTFORD. The New Children's Museum, Exit 43 off I-84, 950 Trout Brook Dr., 06119-1437. Tel., (860) 231-2824. E-mail: Serving over 140,000 children and families annually, The New Children's Museum has continued to offer a fun, hands-on and stimulating environment to explore and discover science and nature for children of all ages since 1927. Visitors are greeted by "Conny," a full-size sperm whale replica that spurts water from his blowhole. The museum's state-of-the-art digital, full-dome planetarium, the largest in Connecticut, offers astronomy programs and shows. The wildlife sanctuary is home to a wide variety of rescued animals, domestic and exotic. Members and visitors enjoy interactive science exhibits and demonstrations, live animal presentations, digital science dome movies and planetarium shows, vacation camps, birthday parties, scout activities, and special events. The on-site Children's Museum Preschool is a science-linked early childhood education center, offering 3- through 5-year-olds a unique environment to play and learn with both full-day and half-day enrollment options. The New Children's Museum also provides extensive museum-based and outreach educational programs to schools, youth groups, community organizations, and home school families and cooperatives. The museum operates the Roaring Brook Nature Center in nearby Canton, which highlights exploration of the natural sciences. The Children's Museum is open 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M., Tues.-Sat., as well as Mon. during summer and school vacations; 11:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M., Sun.; closed Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Daily animal demonstrations. Admission (includes regular planetarium show): $14.75 adults; $13.75 children (2-12) and seniors (63+); children under 2, free. Additional charge for premium planetarium shows.

WESTPORT. Earthplace, The Nature Discovery and Environmental Learning Center, 10 Woodside Ln., 06880. Tel., (203) 557-4400. Website: Offers 74 acres of open space with 2 miles of walking trails including "Wheels in the Woods 4," a universal access trail; live animals for public viewing and program use including an indoor animal hall and outdoor Connecticut birds of prey exhibit; interactive natural history museum; state-licensed nursery school; Harbor Watch water quality monitoring program; summer camp; gardens; playground; Age of Reason gift shop; educational, recreational, and volunteer programs and events for children, teens, families, and adults. Open 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Mon.-Sat.; 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M., Sun. Grounds open daily 7:00 A.M. to dusk. Admission: $7.00 adults and youths (12-17); $5.00 seniors (62+) and children (1-12); children under 1, free. Exec. Dir., Tony McDowell.

WETHERSFIELD. The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, 211 Main St., 06109. Tel., (860) 529-0612. Website: E-mail: Located in Connecticut's largest Historic District, the museum offers guided tours of four 18th-century houses that explore history and daily life from the early Colonial era to the Colonial Revival. The Webb and Deane houses are National Historic Landmarks and the Stevens House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum is also in charge of tours at the Buttolph-Williams House, a property of Connecticut Landmarks that is also a National Historic Landmark. The recreated Webb House Colonial Revival Garden, designed in 1921, is open to the public free of charge during regular museum hours. The museum offers special family programs, lectures, seasonally changing exhibits, group tours, and museum school programs throughout the year. Open 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M., Wed.-Mon., except Sun., when hours are 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M, May-Oct.; Sat. and Sun., Apr. and Nov. Open daily in Dec. for holiday tours. Closed Jan.-Mar. Check our website for more information. Admission: $12.00 adults; $10.00 seniors (60+), AAA members and active military; $6.00 students and children (5-18); $28.00 per family (2 adults and children). Group rate for 15 or more with a reservation, $10.00 per adult. Exec. Dir., Charles T. Lyle. 

WILLIMANTIC. Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum, 55 Bridge St., P.O. Box 665, 06226-0665. Tel., (860) 456-9999. Website: E-mail: Preservation of railroad history with emphasis on eastern Connecticut. Located on site of former New Haven Railroad's "Columbia Junction." Restored roundhouse and turntable, buildings from Chaplin, Groton, and Willimantic, locomotives, both steam and diesel, and rolling stock. Open 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M., Sat and Sun., May-Oct. Admission: $5.00 adults; $4.00 seniors; $1.00 children (8-12); members and children under 8, free. Pres., Mark Granville; Vice Pres., Duke York; Secy., Bill Robinson; Treas., Jeff Laverty; NRHS Dir., Ray Axelrod.

WINDSOR LOCKS. New England Air Museum (owned and operated by the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Assoc., Inc.), Bradley International Airport, 06096. Tel., (860) 623-3305; FAX, (860) 627-2820. Website: Largest aviation museum in the northeastern United States. Three large exhibit hangars with more than 70 aircraft from all eras of aviation, many of which are one of a kind. Numerous exhibits on a variety of subjects including the history of Pratt & Whitney, the Tuskegee Airmen, and the Lafayette Escadrille of WWI. Numerous special events are held during the year and space is available for corporate and social functions. The museum's education department offers a variety of programs for school and non-school groups. Gift shop, free parking, facilities for handicapped, free brochure on request. Open 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., daily; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Admission: $12.00 adults; $11.00 senior citizens; $6.00 children (4-11); children ages 3 and under, free. Guided group tours and group rates available.

WINDSOR LOCKS. Noden-Reed House and Barn Museums, 58 West St., 06096. Tel., (860) 627-9212. Operated by The Windsor Locks Historical Society, Inc., since 1976. Victorian farmhouse with period room displays and an 1826 brick barn containing a farmer's tool collection, located in a 22-acre town park. Listed on National Register of Historical Places; considered site of Connecticut's first Christmas tree (1777) by Hessian soldier. Gov. Ella Grasso memorabilia added to the museum. The Windsor Locks Journal is available for research dating back to the 1800s. Open 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M., Sun., May-Oct. (excluding holidays) or by appointment. Free admission.

WOODBURY. The Glebe House Museum and Gertrude Jekyll Garden, 49 Hollow Rd., 06798-3317; Mailing Address: P.O. Box 245, 06798-0245. Tel., (203) 263-2855. Website: E-mail: Set in the picturesque Litchfield Hills in historic Woodbury's village center, the Glebe House Museum offers the visitor a glimpse of Revolutionary War-era Connecticut. The simple but elegant 18th-century farmhouse is furnished as the home of the Reverend John Marshall, his wife, Sarah, and their nine children who lived in the "glebe" during the turmoil of the American War for Independence. The garden was designed in 1926 by Gertrude Jekyll, England's best-known garden designer. Today, the Glebe House Museum and Jekyll Garden is a nonprofit educational institution that seeks to make itself available to everyone as a unique historical and cultural landmark by preserving its heritage and providing programs and opportunities for education, research, and reflection. Open 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M., Wed.-Sun., May-Oct. 31; 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M., other times, group reservations by appointment. Admission: $5.00 adults; $2.00 children (ages 6-12); $2.00 (garden only). Dir., Judith Kelz.


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