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Art-Support.com > Articles > Artist Resources Below is a resource list of art museums around the United States. When we first started, our focus was on museums interested in collecting fine art photography. However, much has changed over the years and today, most art museums are open to the idea and to the importance of collecting photography. Therefore, we're now listing as many art museums as we can, including major art institutions as well as small art museums.
We're in the process of updating the list. The International Museums are still in need of updating. If you happen to notice a museum link that is not working or a missing art museum please let us know.Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | District of Columbia | Florida | Georgia | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin | WyomingInternational Museums of PhotographyOnline Virtual Photography Museums Photography BookstoreIn association with Amazon.
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Schulz Museum (Santa Rosa)The Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco)Crocker Art Museum (Sacramento)de Young Museum (San Francisco)Fresno Art Museum (Fresno)Monterey Museum of Art (Monterey)Museum of African Diaspora (San Francisco)Museum of Craft and Folk Art (San Francisco)Oakland Museum of California (Oakland)San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF)San Jose Museum of Art (San Jose)Cantor Arts Center -Stanford University Museum of Art (Palo Alto)Triton Museum of Art (Santa Clara) Southern California Art MuseumsAmerican Museum of Ceramic Art (Pomona)Anaheim Museum (Anaheim)The Autry - Museum of the American West (Los Angeles)Bakersfield Museum of Art (Bakersfield)Bowers Museum (Santa Ana)California African American Museum (Los Angeles)California Heritage Museum (Santa Monica)California Museum of Photography (Riverside)Carnegie Art Museum (Oxnard)The Huntington - Library, Art Collection & Botanical Gardens (San Marino)The Irvine Museum (Irvine)Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles)The J.
Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles)Laguna Art Museum (Laguna Beach)Latino Art Museum (Pomona)Long Beach Museum of Art (Long Beach)Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles)Mingei International Museum (San Diego)Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles)Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (San Diego)Museum of Latin American Art (Long Beach)Museum of Neon Art (Los Angeles)Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego)MuzeO (Anaheim)Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena)Pacific Asian Museum (Pasadena)Palm Springs Art Museum (Palm Springs)Pasadena Museum of California Art (Pasadena)Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach)Riverside Art Museum (Riverside)The Riverside Municipal Museum (Riverside)San Diego Museum of Art (San Diego)San Luis Obispo Museum of Art (San Luis Obispo)Santa Barbara Museum of Art (Santa Barbara)Santa Monica Museum of Art (Santa Monica)Torrance Art Museum (Torrance) University Art Museums and Art Galleries in CaliforniaArt & Conscious Gallery (John F.
Kennedy University Berkeley Campus)Beall Center for Art + Technology (U of California Irvine)California State University, Long Beach - University Art MuseumFisher Gallery (University of Southern California, Los Angeles)Fowler Art Museum (UCLA, Los Angeles)Grand Central Art Center (California State University Fullerton)The Hammer Museum at UCLA (Los Angeles)The Luckman (California State University, Los Angeles)Pasadena City College Art Gallery (Pasadena)Pomona College Museum of Art (Claremont)Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery (Scripts College, Claremount)San Francisco State University - Fine Arts GalleryCantor Arts Center at Stanford University (Palo Alto)University of California, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film ArchiveUniversity of California, Northridge, Art Galleries (Northridge)University of California, Riverside, California Museum of PhotographyUniversity Art Museum - University of California, Santa Barbara Colorado Art MuseumsAspen Art MuseumBoulder Museum of Contemporary ArtDenver Art MuseumFort Collins Museum of ArtKirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art (Denver)Leanin' Tree Museum of Western Art (Boulder)Longmont Museum & Cultural Center (Longmont)Loveland Museum / GalleryMuseo de las Americas (Denver)Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver)Museum of Outdoor Arts (Englewood)Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum (Golden)Steamboat Art Museum (Steamboat Springs) University Art Museums and Art Galleries in ColoradoCenter for the Visual Arts (Metropolitan State College of Denver)CU Art Museum (U of C at Boulder)Gallery of Contemporary Art (U of C at Colorado Springs)University Art Museum (Colorado State University)Victoria H.
Myhren Gallery (U of Denver) Connecticut Art MuseumsThe Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield)The Barnum Museum (Bridgeport)Bruce Museum (Greenwich)Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library (Hartford)Florence Griswold Museum (Old Lyme)Hill-Stead Museum (Farmington)Housatonic Museum of Art (Bridgeport)Lyman Allyn Art Museum (New London)Mashantucket Pequot Museum (Mashantucket)Mattatuck Museum (Waterbury)Mystic Seaport (Mystic)New Britain Museum of American Art (New Britain)Stamford Museum and Nature Center (Stamford)Wadsworth Atheneum (Hartford) University and School Art Museums and Art Galleries in ConnecticutThe Benton Museum (U of CT, Storrs)Davidson Art Center (Wesleyan University, Middletown)Joseloff Gallery (Hartford Art School)The Mercy Gallery (Loomis Chaffee, Windsor)Peabody Museum of Natural History (Yale University, New Haven)The Slater Art Museum (Norwich Free Academy, Norwich)Yale Center for British Art (New Haven)Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven) Delaware Art MuseumsBriggs Museum of American Art (Dover)Delaware Art Museum (Wilmington)Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (Wilmington)Hagley Museum and Library (Wilmington)Nemours Mansion and Garden (Wilmington)Old Library Museum (New Castle)Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library (Winterthur) University Art Museums and Art Galleries in DelawareUniversity of Delaware - University Gallery (Newark) District of Columbia Art MuseumsArt Museum of The AmericasCorcoran Gallery of ArtDumbarton Oaks MuseumFreer Gallery of Art Arthur M.
Sackler GalleryHirshhorn Museum and Sculpture GardenKreeger MuseumNational Building MuseumNational Gallery of ArtNational Museum of African ArtNational Museum of the American IndianNational Museum of Women in the ArtsNational Portrait GalleryThe Phillips CollectionRenwick Gallery - Smithsonian American Art MuseumThe Textile MuseumUnited States Holocaust Memorial Museum University Art Museums and Art Galleries in District of ColumbiaAmerican University Museum at the KatzenLuther W.
Brady Art Gallery (George Washington University)Katzen Arts Center (American University) Florida Art MuseumsA.E. Backus Museum & Gallery (Ft. Pierce)African American Museum of Art (DeLand)Bass Museum of Art (Miami)Boca Raton Museum of ArtBrevard Art Museum (Melbourne)Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (Miami)Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens (Jacksonville)Florida International Museum (St. Petersburg)Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (Tampa)Jewish Museum of Florida (Miami Beach)Lake Eustis Museum of Art (Eustis)Lightner Museum (Saint Augustine)The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse (Miami)The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science (Tallahassee)Mennello Museum of American Art - Orlando, FLMiami Art MuseumThe Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens (Delray Beach)Morse Museum of American Art (Winter Park)Museum of Arts and Sciences (Daytona Beach)Museum of Contemporary Art (North Miami)Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (Jacksonville)Museum of Fine Arts (St.
Petersburg)Museum of Florida Art (DeLand)Norton Museum of Art (West Palm Beach)Orlando Museum of ArtOrmond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens (Ormond Beach)Pensacola Museum of ArtPolk Museum of Art (Lakeland)Ringling Museum of Art (Sarasota)Rubell Family Collection (Miami)Salvador Dali Museum (St. Petersburg )Southeast Museum of Photography (Daytona Beach)Tampa Museum of ArtVero Beach Museum of ArtVizcaya Museum & Gardens (Miami) University Art Museums and Art Galleries in FloridaAppleton Museum of Art (College Central Florida, Ocala)Cornell Fine Arts Museum (Rollins, Winter Park)Frost Art Museum (Florida International University, Miami Beach)Harn Museum of Art (U of F, Gainesville)Hibel Museum of Art (Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter)Lowe Art Museum (U of Miami)Museum of Art (Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale)Museum of Fine Arts (Florida State University, Tallahassee)University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum (Tampa Bay)Wolfsonian (Florida International University Museum, Miami) Georgia Art MuseumsAlbany Museum of ArtBooth Western Art Museum (Cartersville)Columbus MuseumHigh Museum of Art (Atlanta)Madison Museum of Fine Art (Madison)Marietta/Cobb County Museum of ArtMorris Museum of Art (Augusta)Museum of Arts & Sciences (Macon)Museum of Contemporary Art - MOCA GA (Atlanta)Museum of Design (Atlanta)Telfair Museums (Savannah)Tubman African American Museum (Macon) University Art Museums and Art Galleries in GeorgiaThe Dalton Gallery (Agnes Scott College, Decatur)Georgia Museum of Art (University of Georgia, Athens)Welch School of Art and Design Galleries (George State University)Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art (Augusta)Michael C.
Carlos Museum (Emory University, Atlanta)Museum of Fine Art (Spelman College)Oglethorpe University Museum of Art (Atlanta)Savannah College of Art and Design Hawaii Art MuseumsBishop Museum (Honolulu)The Contemporary Museum (Honolulu)Hana Cultural Center and Museum (Hana)Hawaii State Art Museum (Honolulu)Kaua'i Museum (Lihu'e)Ramsay Museum (Honolulu) University Art Museums and Art Galleries in HawaiiGallery Iolani at Windward Community College (Honolulu)Honolulu Academy of ArtsUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa - Art Gallery (Honolulu) Idaho Art MuseumsThe Art Museum of Eastern Idaho (Idaho Falls)The Boise Art MuseumMuseum of Idaho (Idaho Falls)Museum of North Idaho (Coeur d'Alene) University Art Museums and Art Galleries in IdahoStudent Union Building Gallery (Boise State University)Center for Arts & History (Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston)Idaho State University - Minds Eye Gallery (Pocatello)Herrett Center for Arts and Science (College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls)John D.
Davis Gallery (Idaho State University, Pocatello)Prichard Art Gallery (U of Idaho, Moscow)Visual Arts Center (Boise State University) Illinois Art MuseumsElmhurst Art Museum (Elmhurst)Freeport Art Museum (Freeport)Illinois State Museum (Springfield)Lithuanian Museum of Art (Lemont)The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian (Evanston)Rockford Art Museum (Rockford) Chicago Art MuseumsArt Institute of ChicagoChicago AthenaeumDePaul University MuseumThe DuSable - Museum of African American HistoryThe Field MuseumLoyola University Museum of Art (Loyola University)The Mexican Fine Arts Center MuseumMuseum of Contemporary Art ChicagoMuseum of Contemporary PhotographyNational Vietnam Veterans Art MuseumThe Oriental Institute Museum (U of Chicago)Smart Museum of Art (U of Chicago)Spertus InstituteSwedish American Museum CenterUkrainian Institute of Modern Art University Art Museums and Art Galleries in IllinoisArt Institute of Chicago (Chicago)Museum of Contemporary Photography (Columbia College, Chicago)Smart Museum of Art (U of Chicago)DePaul University Museum (Chicago)John A.
Logan College Museum (Carterville)Krannert Art Museum (U of I at Urbana-Champaign)Loyola University Museum of Art (Loyola University)Block Museum of Art (Northwestern University, Evanston)The Oriental Institute Museum (U of Chicago)Parkland Art Gallery (Champaign)Schingoethe Center for Native American Cultures (Aurora University)Spurlock Museum (U of I at Urbana-Champaign)The Tarble Arts Center (Eastern Illinois University, Charleston)The University Museum (Southern Illinois University Carbondale) Indiana Art MuseumsArt Museum of Greater LafayetteEvansville MuseumEiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art (Indianapolis)Fort Wayne Museum of ArtIndianapolis Museum of ArtIndianapolis Museum of Contemporary ArtIndiana State Museum (Indianapolis)Midwest Museum of American Art (Elkhart)Richmond Art MuseumSouth Bend Museum of ArtSwope Art Museum (Terra Haute) University Art Museums and Art Galleries in IndianaBall State University Museum of Art (Muncie)Brauer Museum of Art (Valparaiso University)Charles W.
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Connecticut's museums and galleries have a wide range of wonderful offerings. Major art museums includes the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, host to paintings of the Hudson River School; the Bruce Museum in Greenwich; and the Florence Griswold Museum in East Lyme, a historic colony of American Impressionists. Places like the Rose Cottage and the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum are a blend of museum and historic home.
The Connecticut Science Center in Hartford is an up-to-the-minute presenter of topics in science. The state has many wonderful children's museums in every region. And don't forget the Barnum Museum of circus lore in Bridgeport. Unique museum offers the past in a magnificent edifice Set on the campus of Norwich Free Academy in Norwich CT, this unique museum was founded by philanthropist William A.
Slater more than a century ago. Housed in a stunning architectural treasure designed by architect Stephen C. Earle. The museum offers a diverse collection of fine and decorative arts, replicas of great Greek and Roman sculpture, historical artifacts, and ethnographic material spanning five continents and 35 centuries. Exhibits rotate regularly. See film screenings, discussions, book signings, and other events.
An interpreter-guided tour is free with admission. The Museum shop is filled with unique gifts, including fine art prints and reproductions, the works of Connecticut artisans, and other items. Open year round, Tuesday-Sunday. A National Historic Landmark, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center offers visitors a lens through which to understand the impact of 19th century events on 21st century headlines.
Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote the anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin in 1852. The world was never the same. The Stowe House experience takes visitors through Stowe’s home to consider and discuss ideas, ideals and realities. The experience is enriched with the Center’s historic collections and guided by knowledgeable interpreters. The Stowe Visitor Center offers exhibits and films. The surrounding ever-blooming gardens are an oasis of peace and beauty in this busy urban neighborhood.
Open year round, check website for tours, programs and events (Park once and visit both Stowe and Twain with a combination ticket). "Connecticut’s Founding Fish" – A special exhibition open through July 31 Discover the exciting history and spectacular environment of New England’s Great River at the Connecticut River Museum, in beautiful Essex, CT. Bring your family, climb aboard a replica of the Turtle submarine, and imagine being a submarine pilot during the American Revolution.
Walk the River’s 410 miles as you travel our vertical gallery of fantastic aerial photos and a whimsical mural. Learn about the people of the River from Native Americans through the present. The Connecticut River Museum offers changing exhibitions and programs as well: spend a summer day sailing the River on the historic ship Onrust; the holiday season brings the magic of our annual Train Show; February and March offer EagleWatch exhibit and Boat Tours.
Learn how we keep things ticking Did you know that Connecticut played a major role in revolutionizing the clock and watch industries in America? Learn about the innovative geniuses who made this happen at the American Clock & Watch Museum in Bristol. Connecticut. We've got everything from sundials to shelf clocks, chronometers to character watches, and everything in between. You'll find over 5,500 timepieces, one the largest collections of American timepieces in the world.
Enjoy their ticking and chiming as you stroll through the museum’s eight galleries. Join us for special programs where you can learn about the rarity and history of your special clock or watch.Winter Hours (thru March 31, 2017): Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 10am - 5pm America’s home of the finest in British Art The Center houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom.
Presented to the university by Paul Mellon (Yale College, Class of 1929), the collection reflects the development of British art and culture from the Elizabethan period onward. It includes more than 2,000 paintings, 250 sculptures, 20,000 drawings and watercolors, 40,000 prints, and 35,000 rare books and manuscripts. More than 40,000 volumes supporting research in British art and related fields are available in the Center’s Reference Library.
The Center offers exhibitions and programs, including lectures, concerts, films, symposia, tours, and family events. Museum hours: Tues–Sat, 10 am–5 pm; Sun, noon–5 pm. Museum Shop hours: Mon–Sat, 10 am–5 pm; Sun, noon–5 pm. Free and open to the public. Unique architectural treasure in New Canaan This remarkable showcase for contemporary architecture was the country home and is now a museum of architect Philip Johnson’s work and style.
You’ll find 14 unique structures each with their own function. The Glass House is a clear box, without walls, without privacy in fact, not a single house at all. Instead of walking from room to room, Johnson walked from building to building on paths criss-crossing his property. The pavilion was designed for parties and viewing the scenic landscape. Johnson slept and read in the Brick House and studied and worked in the library.
The Grainger had air conditioning and the TV. Today the entire 49-acre compound is a National Trust Historic Site. Open May 1 to November 30. Discover nature’s amazing works of art at Mystic Aquarium Among the world’s riches are its sea creatures found here amidst wonderful indoor and outdoor exhibits. Experience a personal connection with thousands of marine animals including a beluga whale, shark, stingray and more.
Our funky frog friends are here - 30 unique species of them in fact. Sea lions will demonstrate their amazing skills and intelligence through their tricks and behaviors. Watch captivating footage at the National Geographic Theater and enjoy a virtual adventure in the 4-D Theater. Participate in various events throughout the year, become a champion for conservation and join the Aquarium’s mission to protect our precious marine life.
Enrich your mind, roll up your sleeves, expand your knowledge and get involved right here. Sea more at MysticAquarium.org. A national historic landmark, the Mark Twain House & Museum offers visitors an opportunity to learn more about Mark Twain, his family, the historic house, and the author's legacy. Take tours of the historic home where the man himself lived and wrote his most famous works including Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.
Visit the Museum Center which houses a permanent exhibition on Twain's life and work, a theatre showing a Ken Burns mini-documentary on Twain, and a changing exhibition space that features an array of views on the great author. House tours run daily beginning at 9:30 A.M. with the last tour leaving at 4:30 P.M., while the Museum Center is open for self-guided visitation during regular hours. Luddy/Taylor Connecticut Valley Tobacco Museum Northwest Park, 135 Lang Rd.
Windsor, CT, 06095 Phone: 860-285-1888 Displays of artifacts and history of "Tobacco Valley." Tobacco curing shed houses exhibits of early and modern equipment. Other facility exhibits photographs, writings, and other documents. Hours: March-mid-December, Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday, noon-4 p.m. and by appointment Admission: Free. Information: www.tobaccohistsoc.org/ Lyman Allyn Art Museum 625 Williams Street New London, CT, 06320 Phone: 860-443-2545 Eighteenth-, 19th- and 20th-century art and decorative arts, American Impressionist paintings, contemporary American art, changing exhibits.
Outdoor Children's Art Park. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Admission: Adults, $10; seniors and students over age 18; $7; children under age 18, $5. Information: www.lymanallyn.org. Connecticut Children's Museum 22 Wall Street New Haven, CT, 06511 Phone: 203-562-5437 Interactive, innovative and inclusive museum with eight rooms of hands-on exhibits, observation bee hive, the Great Green Room from Goodnight Moon, and a pint-size post office.
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Adults, $14.75 (regular planetarium show included); children age 2-12 and seniors over age 62, $13.75 (regular planetarium show included. Information: www.thechildrensmuseumct.org. Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center 110 Pequot Trail Mashantucket, CT, 06338 Phone: 800-411-9671 Permanent exhibits on the Native and natural history of southern New England include a cool descent into a glacial crevasse from 18,000 years ago.
Walk through a 1550 Pequot Village. Interactive computer programs, films providing additional information and interpretation of the exhibits. Two research libraries, one for children. Museum store and restaurant. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; last admission at 4 p.m. Admission: Adults, $15; seniors, $13; children age 6-15, $10; under 6 free. Information: www.pequotmuseum.org. The Trash Museum 211 Murphy Rd.
Hartford, CT, 06114 Phone: 860-757-7765 Educational facility, tours and hands-on exhibits on solid waste management and recycling, including the "Temple of Trash;" adjacent to recycle center. Hours: Wednesday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. Admission: $3 per person. Information: http://bit.ly/dMNx3K Military Museum of Southern New England 125 Park Avenue Danbury, CT, 06810 Phone: 203-790-9277 Life-size interior dioramas with military vehicles and equipment.
Large collection of models and dioramas depicting World War II scenes. Outdoor exhibits of tanks and heavy material. Gift shop. Hours: April-November, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.; December-March, Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission: Adults, $6; seniors, children, and active-duty military member, $4. Information: www.usmilitarymuseum.org/ Stamford Museum & Nature Center 39 Scofieldtown Road Stamford, CT, 06903 Phone: 203-322-1646 Experience nature, science and the outdoors at this 118-acre site.
Includes New England working farm, hiking trails, picnic area, nature's playground, boardwalk (accessible to wheelchairs), galleries for interactive exhibitions with hands-on area for children, two stores, special events, planetarium. Observatory Friday evenings (weather permitting). Hours: Bendel Mansion & Galleries, Monday- Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Heckscher Farm, daily 9 a.
m. - 4 p.m.; Nature's Playground, daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (weather permitting); Animal Embassy, Tuesday - Sunday,. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (open to 3:30 p.m. in summer); Observatory, Fridays, 8-10 p.m., weather permitting. Admission: Adults, $10; seniors age 65 and older, $8; students over age 18, $6; children age 4-17, $5. Information: www.stamfordmuseum.org. Eli Whitney Museum 915 Whitney Avenue Hamden, CT, 06517 Phone: 203-777-1833 Museum focusing on Eli Whitney's life, his inventions and his legacy.
In addition to historic exhibits, the museum also holds a water learning lab and outdoor study areas. The barn, built in 1816, is the site of special events throughout the year. Hours: HOurs change seasonally; call ahead. Admission: free; charge for programs. Information: www.eliwhitney.org. Yale Collection of Musical Instruments 15 Hillhouse Avenue New Haven, CT, 06520 Phone: 203-432-0822 More than 800 16th- to 20th-century musical instruments documenting European and American music tradition.
Concert series September to April. Hours: September through July, Tuesday-Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Closed during August. Admission: $2 donation. Information: www.yale.edu/musicalinstruments/ Windham Textile and History Museum 411 Main Street Willimantic, CT, 06226 Phone: 860-456-2178 Museum preserves the textile industry of southern New England at the height of the Industrial Revolution.
Exhibits include thread factory floor, rooms from a workers rowhouse and owner’s mansion. Hours: Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Guided tours Sunday at 3 p.m. Admission: Adults, $7; seniors and students, $5. Information: www.millmuseum.org/ Military Historians Museum N. Main St. Westbrook, CT, 06498 Phone: 860-399-9460 The largest collection of American military uniforms in the country. Unit crest insignia, vehicles from World War II Weasel to a Desert Storm truck, music room, research center.
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and by appointment. Admission: Free. Information: http://bit.ly/gPieKT Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum 211 Main Street Wethersfield, CT, 06109 Phone: 860-529-0612 This museum consists of three houses, each built in the 18th century. Two are now National Historic Landmarks, with each furnished to represent a different period in American history. In 1781, on this site, Washington and his partners planned their strategy that led to the American victory at Yorktown.
Tours begin every hour on the hour up until 3 p.m.Admission: Adults, $6, seniors, $5, students, $2.50. Connecticut Audubon Society Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary 314 Unquowa Road Fairfield, CT, 06824 Phone: 203-259-0416 Historic museum highlights natural history of the state with dioramas, wildlife exhibits, and dinosaur footprints. Adjacent 6-acre sanctuary with trails.Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.
m.-1 p.m. The six-acre Birdcraft Sanctuary is open daily, year-round, from dawn to dusk.Information: www.ctaudubon.org/birdcraft-museum. Carousel Museum of New England 95 Riverside Avenue Bristol, CT, 06010 Phone: 860-585-5411 One of two branches of this unique museum. Exhibits feature antique carousel horses, miniature carousels, and a historic carving shop. Exhibits represent the finest pieces of antique carousel art in existence.
The Bristol Center for Arts and Culture features three galleries that include fine art exhibits. The Museum of Fire History displays fire department and firehouse memorabilia. Gift shop. Hours: March-December, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon- 5 p.m.; open during local school holidays. Admission: Adults, $6; seniors, $4.50, children age 4-14, $3.50; children age 1-2, $2. Information: www.
thecarouselmuseum.org/ Shore Line Trolley Museum 17 River Street East Haven, CT, 06512 Phone: 203-467-6927 The first half of the twentieth century comes to life throughout this large trolley yard and trolley system. Discover the stories behind painted trolleys, check out trolley equipment, and marvel at photos of days long past. See full description of Shore Line Trolley Museum Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry Weaver Road (off Route 44) Storrs, CT, 06269 Phone: 860-486-4605 Collection of more than 2,000 puppets from the world over.
Each exhibition features a different view of the variety of styles and periods in puppetry. Hours: Friday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m. or by appointment Admission: Free; donations accepted. Information: www.bimp.uconn.edu/ Imagine Nation Children's Museum 1 Pleasant Street Bristol, CT, 06010 Phone: 860-314-1400 This science museum for kids age 2 to 10 is packed with fun exhibits that allow children to dig into science projects and experiments of all kinds.
Some activities that will fascinate children are the Sandsational Sand Pendulum; the Gravity Well; the Tuning Fork Table; a construction zone; Dolls of the World; and Waterplay. Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission: $4 per person. Information: www.imaginenation.org. Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut 409 Main Street Niantic, CT, 06357 Phone: 860-691-1111 Interactive hands-on exhibits for the entire family.
Don’t miss our Long Island Sound Marinelife Tank, Parent Pockets, a self guided tour of the Museum and Kidsville, an entire kid-sized town. Themes include arts and science, health and history. Have fun while learning. Explore the Discovery Room, see live animals and say hello to Richter the Red Tailed Boa Constrictor. Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4:30 p.m. Hours vary by season; call ahead.
Admission: $7 per person. Information: www.childrensmuseumsect.org. Mystic Seaport Museum of America and the Sea 75 Greenmanville Avenue Mystic, CT Phone: 860-572-0711 Mystic Seaport is a maritime museum that preserves artifacts of America’s seafaring past. The Seaport’s grounds cover 19 acres on the Mystic River and include a re-created 19th-century coastal village, a working shipyard, and formal exhibit halls.
The Seaport is home to more than 500 historic watercraft, including four National Historic Landmark vessels, most notably the 1841 whale ship Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship still in existence. The Seaport is a great adventure for families. It hosts many seasonal celebrations, along with exhibits and festivals related to seafaring life, such as the annual sea music festival and a lobster fest.
A gift shop on the grounds has many high-quality products, from books and maps to toys and home décor, all with a seafaring theme. Open year-roundInformation: http://www.mysticseaport.org/ Danbury Railway Museum 120 White Street and Patriot Drive Danbury, CT, 06810 Phone: 203-778-8337 Check out this historic station building and railway yard, on your own with a brochure, or with a tour guide.
The historic splendor of this antique place tells a story of how railways changed America, and features unique artifacts. See full description of Danbury Railway Museum Kidcity Children's Museum 119 Washington Street Middletown, CT, 06457 Phone: 860-347-0495 Whimsical, one-of-a-kind rooms filled with hands-on play and learning, for kids ages 1 to 8 and their grown-ups. Hours: Sunday-Tuesday, 11 a.
m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $8 per person. Information: www.kidcitymuseum.com Institute for American Indian Studies 38 Curtis Rd.(off Route 199) Washington, CT, 06793 Phone: 860-868-0518 The Institute for American Indian Studies Museum and Research Center features Native American art and artifacts from 10,000 years ago to present day, hiking trails, outdoor gardens, changing exhibits, and a 16th-century Algonkian village.
Explore what life was like in Connecticut 1,000 years ago, sit in a dugout canoe, use replicated tools, and see a full wall mural depicting village life. Information: www.iaismuseum.org.Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.Cost: Adults, $10; seniors, $8; children age 3-12, $6 Connecticut Science Center 250 Columbus Blvd. Hartford, CT, 06103 Phone: 860-724-3623 A visit to the Center is a high-impact learning experience in a green, clean, bright, and stimulating environment.
Adults and children alike will find entertainment and educational value in hands-on, engaging, and exciting exhibits and programs that emphasize current science and science you can use every day. Open year-round. Hours Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Adults, $21.95; seniors above age 65, $19.95; youth ages 3 to 17, $14.95. Information: www.ctsciencecenter.org Mattatuck Museum 144 West Main Street Waterbury, CT, 06702 Phone: 203-753-0381 Exhibits chronicle the industrial history of the Naugatuck Valley as well as its social, architectural and cultural past.
Period settings, decorative arts, furniture, 19th- and 20th-century art, changing exhibits. Cafe, museum shop. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.; closed major holidays Admission: Adults age 16 and older, $5; seniors over age 65, $4; children under age 16, free. Information: www.mattatuckmuseum.org/ Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum 1188 Highland Ave. (Route 10) Cheshire, CT, 06410 Phone: 203-699-3822 Over 80,000 items including toys and character collectibles from 1873 to present; Western, TV and advertising collectibles; cartoon memorabilia; official musuem for Celebriducks, the California Raisin and Gumby; sculpture gallery.
Hours:Wednesday through Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Admission: Adults, $5; children age 2 to 12, $3. Information: www.barkermuseum.com/ In the early 20th century, Florence Griswold’s boarding house in Old Lyme was the hub of one of the most important summer art colonies in America. The colony attracted artists Henry Ward Ranger, Childe Hassam, and Willard Metcalf and others who were in the vanguard of the Tonalist and Impressionist movements.
Today, visitors see the boarding house and much of the work of these American Impressionists, an adjacent gallery building with rotating exhibits, and extensive gardens. Special programs are offered in summer and holiday seasons.Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Closed on major holidays.Admission: Adults, $10; seniors, $9; students, $8; free of children under age 12.
Information: Sloane-Stanley Museum and Kent Furnace 31 Kent Cornwall Road (Route 7) Kent, CT, 06757 Phone: 860-927-3849 This museum features a collection of woodworking tools, dating from the 17th century. The ruins of the Kent Furnace, in use through the 19th century are also found on the grounds. Hours: May-October, Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Adults, $8; seniors, $6; children age 6 to 17, $5.
Information: http://bit.ly/qsjx5X Prudence Crandall Museum Junction Routes 14 and 169 Canterbury, CT, 06331 Phone: 860-546-7800 The Prudence Crandall Museum is a collection of objects, from clothing to books and more, from the life and times of Prudence Crandall, a female abolitionist teacher whose legacy is left here. See full description of the Prudence Crandall Museum Connecticut Trolley Museum 58 North Road (Route 140) East Windsor, CT, 06088 Phone: 860-627-6540 Three-mile round trip ride on antique trolleys.
Tour the Visitor's Center display and stationary trolleys. Gift shop, deli and cafe. Hours: Charters only from January through March; April to Memorial Day, Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m.; Memorial Day to Labor Day, Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m.; Sundays in October, Pumpkin Patch rides Admission: Adults, $8.50; seniors, $7.50; children age 2-12, $5.
50. Information: www.ct-trolley.org. Old Manchester Museum 126 Cedar Street Manchester, CT, 06040 Phone: 860-647-9983 Local historical artifacts including Pitkin Glass Works, Cheney Brothers Silk Mills, Bon Ami Soap Co., military memorial. Manchester Sports Hall of Fame, research and genealogy library, gift shop. Hours: Weekends, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Adults, $2; children age 16 and younger, free.
Information: http://bit.ly/SPcftr Brayton Grist Mill and Marcy Blacksmith Museum Route 44 Pomfret, CT, 06258 Phone: 860-928-0304 This fine example of a one-man mill operation of the 1890's has original milling equipment. The tool exhibit represents the craft of three generations of blacksmiths. Maintained by the Pomfret Historical Society. Hours: Call for hours of operation. Admission: Free; donations welcome.
Information: http://bit.ly/X8wycD Museum of the Fife and Drum Highland Terrace at 63 North Main Street Ivoryton, CT, 06442 Phone: 860-767-2237 Exhibits focus on the fife and drum, not only as an important symbol of American patriotism during the Revolutionary period, but as an integral part of military strategy in the 17th and 18th centuries. The museum is a visual and musical history of America on parade, from the Revolutionary War to the present.
Theme displays feature drums, fifes, military swords, music, uniforms, medals, awards and photographs. Hours: June 30 through Labor Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.; third weekend of July and fourth weekend of August reserved for private activities. Admission; Adults, $5; youth age 12-17, $4; seniors, $3; children under age 12, free. New Britain Industrial Museum 185 Main Street New Britain, CT, 06051 Phone: 860-832-8654 This history of manufacturing in Central Connecticut is detailed in this museum, featuring exhibits of products made in the region over the past 200 years.
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 2-5 p.m.; Wednesdays. noon-5 p.m. Admission: free. Information: www.nbim.org/ The Barnum Museum 820 Main Street Bridgeport, CT, 06604 Phone: 203-331-1104 Dedicated to the life of circus imnpresario Phineas Taylor Barnum and those who were influenced by his presence in their lives. 1892 building houses exhibits including a miniature circus model, ancient mummy, historic costumes, Tom Thumb carriages.
Museum store. Hours: Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: Adults, $8; seniors over age 65 and and children age 4 to 17, $5; students, $5. Information: www.barnum-museum.org. Museum of Connecticut History 231 Capitol Avenue Hartford, CT, 06106 Phone: 860-566-3056 Historic documents, including Connecticut's Royal Charter, are just part of the exhibit material in this museum. Special exhibits feature Colt firearms, Connecticut's Governors and changing exhibits.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Closed on state holidays Admission: free. Information: www.museumofcthistory.org/
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