Connecticut Open House Day offers free or discounted entry to 200 attractions – New Haven Register

Organized by the Connecticut Office of Tourism, the event is designed to showcase the state’s diverse mix of history, art, culture, nature and adventure experiences. For the first time in two years, all event offerings are fully in person.

“Connecticut Open House Day is the perfect opportunity to discover or rediscover Connecticut’s rich history, arts & culture scene, outdoor recreation experiences, and so much more, as we kickoff an exciting summer season” said Noelle Stevenson, director of Connecticut Office of Tourism, in a press release.

The event offers free or reduced admission to more than 60 attractions, including history, art and children’s museums, trains and trolleys and water sport retailers. The public will have access to more than 25 free tours to theaters and venues that are rarely open to the public as well as vineyards, breweries and distilleries. There will also be special offers events and giveaways to farms, shops and nature centers.

“We encourage everyone to get out, explore and take advantage of the amazing offers throughout the state—you might just be surprised at what you find!”  

Below is a list of what each county has to offer for Connecticut Open House Day. Or, click your county above to skip to attractions near you.

Fairfield County

Visitors to the Maritime Aquarium including Leo and Maxwell Brenner, 4 and 6, watch the seals frolic in their new enclosure Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Norwalk, Conn.

Visitors to the Maritime Aquarium including Leo and Maxwell Brenner, 4 and 6, watch the seals frolic in their new enclosure Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Norwalk, Conn.

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Aquila’s Nest Vineyards, Newtown

Boothe Memorial Park and Museum, Stratford

Boothe Memorial Railway Society, Stratford

Brookfield Museum & Historical Society, Brookfield

Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan

Charter Oak Brewery & Taproom, Danbury

CTBEER.COM, New Canaan

Danbury Cultural Commission Citywide Showcase, Danbury

Danbury Museum & Historical Society Authority, Danbury

EverWonder Children’s Museum, Newtown

Fairfield University Art Museum, Fairfield

Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk

Mill Hill Historic Park – Norwalk Historical Society, Norwalk

Mellow Monkey Gifts & Home Decor, Stratford

MoCA Westport, Westport

NaturalAnnie Essentials Candle Bar & Studio, Bridgeport

Norwalk Historical Society Museum, Norwalk

Rowayton Arts Center, Rowayton

Sculpture Exhibition, Bethel

Shelton History Center, Shelton

Stratford Historical Society, Stratford

Stratford Veterans Museum, Stratford

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield

The Historic William Perry House, Stratford

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Norwalk

The Surfside Hotel, Stratford

Hartford County

American Clock & Watch Museum, Bristol

Barnes Museum, Southington

Berlin Historical Society Museum, Berlin

Bristol Historical Society, Bristol

Canton Historical Museum, Collinsville section of Canton CT

Collinsville Canoe & Kayak, Canton

Congregational Church of Plainville, Plainville

Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

Connecticut’s Old State House, Hartford

Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

East Hartford Public Library, East Hartford

Elton Tavern and Center Schoolhouse, Burlington

Free Admission To Our Galleries, Hartford

Free Distillery Tour at Waypoint Spirits, Bloomfield

Gardens & Crafts with The Barnes Museum, Southington

Hartford Taste Festival, Hartford

Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

Hilltop Farm, Suffield

Huguenot House Museum, East Hartford

Hungerford Nature Center, Kensington

Isham-Terry House, Hartford

Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester

New Britain Industrial Museum, New Britain

New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain

Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society, West Hartford

Nowashe Village at Wood Memorial Library & Museum, South Windsor

Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine, East Granby

Oliver Ellsworth Homestead, Windsor

Real Art Ways, Hartford

Slipaway River Tours, Wethersfield

Sonia Plumb Dance Company at Columns Dance and Wellness Centre, Hartford

Vintage Radio & Communications Museum of Connecticut, Windsor

The Carousel Museum, Bristol

The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, Wethersfield

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

Wethersfield Historical Society, Wethersfield

Wethersfield Museum at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, Wethersfield

Windsor Historical Society, Windsor

Woodbridge Farmstead, Manchester

Litchfield County

Abrash Galleries, Woodbury

Connecticut Museum of Mining Annual Gem and Mineral Show, Kent

Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm, Sharon

Eric Sloane Museum, Kent

First Congregational Church of Litchfield, Litchfield

Gallery 25 & Creative Arts Studio, New Milford

Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden, Woodbury

Gunn Memorial Museum, Washington

Harry C. Barnes Nature Center, Bristol

H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut, Washington

Institute for American Indian Studies, Washington

Kent Art Association, Kent

KidsPlay Children’s Museum, Torrington

Leroy Anderson House, Woodbury

Litchfield Historical Society, Litchfield

Lock Museum of America, Terryville

Merwinsville Hotel Restoration, Gaylordsville

New Milford Barn Quilt Trail, New Milford

Norfolk Farmers Market, Norfolk

Plymouth Historical Society, Plymouth

Railroad Museum of New England, Thomaston

Susan Rood Studio, New Hartford

T.A. Hungerford Memorial Museum, Harwinton

Watertown History Museum, Watertown

Winsted Fire Department, Winsted

Middlesex County

Gillette Castle at Gillette Castle State Park on the borders of Haddam and Lyme, Conn. July 2021.

Gillette Castle at Gillette Castle State Park on the borders of Haddam and Lyme, Conn. July 2021.

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Adam Stanton House & General Store Museum, Clinton

Boho Farm, East Haddam

Chakana Sky Alpacas, Chester

Clinton Historical Society Gardens & Grounds, Clinton

Company of Fifers and Drummers Museum, Ivoryton

Connecticut River Museum, Essex

Earthly Goddess – A Clay Co-Op, Durham

Essex Indoor Golf Center, Essex

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, Essex

Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme

Gene and Neato’s Comedy Magic Shows, Middletown

Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam

Godfrey Memorial Library, Middletown

Goodspeed Musicals, East Haddam

Greater Middletown Military Museum, Middletown

Ivoryton Playhouse, Ivoryton

Katharine Hepburn Museum, Old Saybrook

Kids & Family Cycling Safety Fair, Middletown

Little Pub Old Saybrook

The Lyman Homstead Tours at Lyman Orchards, Middlefield

Middlesex County Historical Society, Middletown

River Valley Dance Project, Deep River

Spectrum Art Gallery and Store, Centerbrook

Thankful Arnold House Museum, Haddam

The Lyman Homstead Tours at Lyman Orchards, Middlefield

Wesleyan Potters, Middletown

Westbrook Historical Society, Westbrook

New Haven County

The Henry Whitfield State Museum is located at 248 Old Whitfield St. in Guilford.

The Henry Whitfield State Museum is located at 248 Old Whitfield St. in Guilford.

Henry Whitfield State Museum / Contributed photo

Allis-Bushnell House, Madison

Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum, Cheshire

Bullet Hill School – a living museum program, Southbury

Darling House Barn Tours, Woodbridge

Deacon John Grave House And Gardens, Madison

Dudley Farm Museum, Guilford

Fascia’s Chocolates, Waterbury

Gallery 53, Meriden

Guilford Art Center, Guilford

Guilford Information Center, Guilford

Harwinton Historical Society Restored Schoolhouse and Museum, Harwinton

Henry Whitfield State Museum, Guilford

Hitchcock-Phillips House, Cheshire

Hyland House Museum, Guilford

Legacy Theatre, Stony Creek

Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury

Matthies House Museum Tours, Seymour

Medad Stone Tavern Museum, Guilford

Meriden Historical Society, Meriden

Milford SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Milford

New Haven Museum, New Haven

Osborne Homestead Museum, Derby

Palace Theater, Waterbury

Prospect Historical Society, Prospect

Seven Angels Theatre, Waterbury

Seymour Historical Society, Seymour

Shore Line Trolley Museum, East Haven

Solomon Goffe House Museum, Meriden

Stone Schoolhouse Museum & Center School History Museum, Wolcott

The Jonathan Dickerman House, Hamden

Thimble Island Brewing Company, Branford

Thomas Griswold House Museum, Guilford

Waterski Connecticut, Derby

New London County

Spectators watching the relaunch of Mystic Seaport Museum's flagship whaling ship Charles W. Morgan on July 21, 2013 in Mystic, Connecticut. Photo by Lisa Wiltse (Photo by Lisa Wiltse/Corbis via Getty Images)

Spectators watching the relaunch of Mystic Seaport Museum’s flagship whaling ship Charles W. Morgan on July 21, 2013 in Mystic, Connecticut. Photo by Lisa Wiltse (Photo by Lisa Wiltse/Corbis via Getty Images)

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Avery-Copp House Museum, Groton

Blue Slope Country Museum, Franklin

Brookside Farm Museum, Niantic

Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House, Stonington

Colchester History Museum, Colchester

Cold Spring Farm, Colchester

Custom House Maritime Museum, New London

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic

Ebenezer Avery House & Museum at Fort Griswold State Park, Groton

Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, Groton

Fort Trumbull State Park, New London

Gifts on the Green, Colchester

Groton Heights Neighborhood Open House Day, Groton

Governor Jonathan Trumbull House, Lebanon

Hands-on History Family Fun, Lebanon

James Merrill House, Stonington

Joseph Carpenter Silversmith Shop, Norwich

Lebanon Historical Society Museum, Lebanon

Leffingwell House Museum, Norwich

Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London

Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme

Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic

New London Ledge Lighthouse, New London

Niantic Children’s Museum, Niantic

Norwich Heritage & Regional Visitors’ Center, Norwich

Old Mystic History Center (formally the Indian and Colonial Research Center), Old Mystic

Old Town Mill, New London

Portersville Academy, Mystic

Sikh Art Gallery, Norwich

Stonington Historical Society, Stonington

Tantaquidgeon Indian Museum, Montville

Thames River Heritage Park, New London/Groton

Thomas Lee House, Niantic

TreeTrails Adventures Mystic, Mystic

Wylie Schoolhouse, Voluntown

Tolland County

Archaeology Exhibit, Columbia

Art & Garden Tour of Northeast Connecticut

Artisans at Middle River, Stafford Springs

Arts Center East, Vernon

Atwood Farm Museum, Mansfield

Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry, Storrs

Friends of Valley Falls, Vernon

Joshua’s Trust Gurleyville Grist Mill, Mansfield

Kim Bova Photography, Mansfield-Storrs

Mary Noonan, Storrs-Mansfield

Nathan Hale Homestead, Coventry

Nellie McKnight Museum, Ellington

New England Civil War Museum, Vernon

Scott Rhoades Studio, Storrs

Stafford Historical Society Museum, Stafford Springs

Strong Family Farm, Vernon

Windham County

A Historic Survey of Early Ellington and Farm Exhibit

Art & Garden Tour of Northeast Connecticut

Barbara Lussier Gallery, Pomfret

Creamery Brook Bison Farm, Brooklyn

Finnish American Heritage Society, Brooklyn

Finnish Hall & Museum, Canterbury

Prudence Crandall Museum, Canterbury

The Old Brooklyn Meeting House, Brooklyn

Watercure Farm Distillery, Pomfret Center

Westford Hill Distillers, Ashford

Willow Tree Pottery, Ashford

Windham Textile and History Museum – The Mill Museum, Willimantic

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