With more than 14 diversified themed museums located throughout the state, there’s bound to be something to satisfy your taste. Here are a few must-see museums.
The Barnum Museum
The Barnum Museum dedicated to the preservation of Bridgeport’s industrial and social history. Exhibits feature P. T. Barnum’s Bethel to Broadway to Bridgeport, a re-creation of the drawing room associated with the famous Harral-Wheeler mansion. Other exhibits include the Victorian Picture Gallery, featuring fine art and sculpture which capture the importance of the early 19th-century art museums.
The Discovery Museum features activities in the arts and science. With over 100 hands-on exhibits, it offers excitement and fun for children of all ages. Works of art in all media is displayed by artists from the region as well as recognized artists from around the world.
Connecticut Trolley Museum
Take a journey back into time and experience the grandeur of yesterday’s streetcar. Established in 1940, the museum is America’s oldest incorporated museum devoted to electric railroading. The museum features a variety of trolleys dating back from the 1890s to the 1950s, with a large number still available for rides.
Connecticut River Museum
The Connecticut River Museum features a collection pertaining to maritime historical activities, programs, and exhibits. Included in the exhibits is a full-scale working replica of the very first submarine, invented in Connecticut back in 1776.
New England Carousel Museum
The New England Carousel Museum is a magical experience that is both educational and fun for the entire family. Visitors will learn about the history behind the carousel and the wooden horses as well as the craftsmanship involved in the construction of the wooden horse. Visitors of all ages can take a ride on a working carousel while hearing the band organ play.
American Clock and Watch Museum
The American Clock and Watch Museum is one of only a handful of museums in the country devoted exclusively to the history, science as well as the art of timekeeping and timekeepers. The museum features some 5,500 pieces, making it one of the largest collections of clocks and watches in the world. The exhibits feature clocks and a number of watches from all time periods and countries with the main focus on American clocks.
First established in 1929, Mystic Seaport is the country’s foremost maritime museum, featuring a collection of more than 500 historic vessels, as well as one of the largest collections of maritime photography in the United States. The museum houses four National Historic Landmark vessels, most notably, the Charles W. Morgan, the last surviving wooden whaleship in the world. The exhibits include a working preservation shipyard, a re-created 19th-century seafaring village, planetarium, and the Mystic Aquarium. From mid-May through mid-October, visitors can explore the historic Mystic River.
Mark Twain House and Museum
First opened in 2003, the Webster Bank Museum Center at The Mark Twain House and Museum provides visitors a chance to learn more about this legendary writer and his legacy. The Mark Twain House and Museum located in Hartford, Connecticut was the former residence of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) from 1874 to 1891. The design of this 19-room house is Victorian Gothic. This innovative facility contains a ticket desk, the Aetna Gallery together with a permanent exhibition on Twain’s life and work, the Hartford Financial Services Theatre, and a Mark Twain Store. The house is also noteworthy with regard to the significant works written during the course of his residency. These magnificent pieces included The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, and many more.
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