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.
Founded in 1926 by Harriet Upson Allyn in memory of her father, Captain Lyman Allyn, the Museum is housed in a handsome neo-classical building designed by Charles Platt and features 10 exhibition galleries, a research library, auditorium, and a visual and performing arts studio. Museum grounds include 12 acres of park, a sculpture trail, the McCourt 9/11 Memorial Garden, and picnic areas. The Museum and much of the grounds are wheelchair accessible.
16. New Britain Youth Museum and Hungerford Nature Center
30 S High St, New Britain, CT 06051, USA
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For over 62 years, the New Britain Youth Museum (NBYM) has served the citizens of central Connecticut by providing high-quality educational programs in the arts, humanities and natural sciences. Two locations have been established to meet our mission; NBYM at Hungerford Park, a 30-acre nature- and animal rehabilitation center in Kensington, and our downtown New Britain site, an intimate museum with changing exhibits and interactive activities for children of all ages. Both locations are open year-round.
The Museum’s education and public programs are designed to connect visitors of all ages to contemporary art through innovative learning approaches in hands-on workshops, tours, and presentations led by artists, curators, Museum educators, and experts in related fields. Area schools are served by curriculum-aligned on-site and in-school programs, as well as teachers’ professional development training.
18. The William Benton Museum of Art at University of Connecticut
245 Glenbrook Rd, Storrs, CT 06269, USA
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The William Benton of Art is located at the University of Connecticut and is home to art of different periods, styles, and media. The museum offers a variety of changing exhibitions drawn from national sources as well as from its collection. The collection of more than 6,000 works of art spans the 16th century to the 21st century and includes important works by Käthe Kollwitz, Mary Cassatt, Reginald Marsh, Ansel Adams, Kara Walker, and Lalla Essaydi among others.
The mission of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University is to collect, preserve, exhibit and study its collection of art, artifacts and literature related to the Irish Famine/Great Hunger that occurred from 1845–52. In doing so, it seeks to educate audiences of all ages about the underlying political, social, economic and historic causes of the Great Hunger, and the magnitude of the disaster on Ireland and its people. The museum contains the world’s largest collection of Great Hunger-related art by noted contemporary Irish and Irish American artists as well as a number of period paintings by some of Ireland’s most important 19th-century artists.
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.