Explore the evolution of a small New England town. Furniture, historic clothing, household objects, and paintings reveal Litchfield’s history from its earliest European settlement to the present. The museum’s seven galleries holds the country’s largest collection of paintings by 18th century artist Ralph Earl including the iconic portraits of Benjamin Tallmadge and his wife Mary Floyd Tallmadge. Other highlights include artwork produced at the Litchfield Female Academy and a collection of Litchfield County furniture.
As a 21st century museum and program center, the Harriet B. Stowe Center connects the issues addressed by Stowe to the contemporary face of those issues, including race relations, class and gender issues; economic justice, and educational equity.
We use our history collections to tell the stories of our community and partner with neighborhood associations, ethnic organizations and manufacturing groups. Our art galleries display the work of American masters associated with our state and include Anni Albers, Alexander Calder and Frederic Church. The Mattatuck also presents more than 25 changing exhibitions every year featuring significant artist of the past as well as today’s contemporary artists. The Museum is also home to a button gallery displaying 10,000 miniature works of art collected from around the globe and donated to the Museum in 1999 by the Waterbury Companies (formerly Waterbury Button Company).
The Mark Twain House & Museum, a National Historic Landmark in Hartford, Connecticut, was the home of America’s greatest author, Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) and his family from 1874 to 1891. It is also where Twain lived when he wrote his most important works, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and The Pauper, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. A stunning example of Picturesque Gothic architecture, the 25-room home features a dramatic grand hall, a lush glass conservatory, a grand library, and the handsome billiard room where Twain wrote his famous books.