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Connecticut Open House Day
Sponsored by the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism

On Saturday, June 11, 2005, cultural organizations and tourism attractions throughout the state will open their doors to Connecticut residents, inviting them to discover - and rediscover - Connecticut's fascinating world of art, history, film and tourism with a variety of special visitor incentives. This unique one-day event, called Connecticut Open House Day, marks the launch of the Ambassador Program, a new state initiative sponsored by the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism. The Ambassador Program is designed to instill pride in all of us for our state's rich cultural and tourism assets, and to encourage them to share Connecticut's wonderful treasures with visiting family and friends.

Many art galleries, museums, theaters, historic properties, tourism attractions and other key sites throughout Connecticut are participating this statewide cultural enrichment day. Special Connecticut Open House Day offerings will vary by property.

A current listing of our participants:

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Participating Property Town Open House Offer Website or Phone #

Farmington Valley Arts Center

Avon

Open studios of 20 artists all day and faculty and student exhibition open to the public.

http://www.fvac.net

Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden

Bethlehem

Free admission all day.

http://www.hartnet.org/als

Discovery Museum

Bridgeport

Free admission all day. $2 per person additional for the galleries, films, and planetarium shows.

http://www.discoverymuseum.org

American Clock & Watch Museum

Bristol

Free admission all day.

http://www.clockmuseum.org

Bristol Historical Society

Bristol

Free admission all day.

http://www.bristolhistoricalsociety.org

Brookfield Craft Center

Brookfield

Free T-shirts to the first 25 visitors who mention Connecticut Open House.

http://www.brookfieldcraftcenter.org

Brooklyn Historical Society Museum & Daniel Putnam Tyler Law Office

Brooklyn

Special Saturday opening with free admission all day.

http://www.ctbound.org/Travel/detail.asp?id=722  

Creamery Brook Bison

Brooklyn

Free walk through field and down a dirt road to see the bison and their handling facilities. Tour the dairy milking barn, enjoy some ice cream and bison burgers for purchase after the tour. Tour begins at 10 a.m.

http://www.creamerybrookbison.com

Prudence Crandall House Museum

Canterbury

Free admission all day.

http://www.cultureandtourism.org

Nathan Hale Homestead

Coventry

Free admission all day. It is the state's hero, Nathan Hale's 250th birthday. Events feature a parade, hands-on activities for children, live animals, Colonial craft demonstrations, performance by The Reel Thing Colonial  Dance Troupe, landscape walks, house tours, and a historical play. Food available and picnickers welcome.

http://www.hartnet.org/als

Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine

East Granby

Free admission all day.

http://www.cultureandtourism.org/history/museums.html

Nathan Hale Schoolhouse

East Haddam

Free admission all day.

http://www.connecticutsar.org

Connecticut Trolley Museum

East Windsor

Free admission from 10 a.m. until 12 noon.

http://www.ceraonline.org

Hill-Stead Museum

Farmington

Free admission from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

http://www.hillstead.org

Nathan Lester House & Tool Museum

Gales Ferry,

From 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., experience the Ledyard Sampler offering blacksmithing, butter churning, 40 craft vendors, nature hikes, book and bake sale, tours of the historic 1793 house, and farm tool barn opening.

(860) 464-8540 

Bruce Museum of Arts & Science

Greenwich

Free admission all day.

http://www.brucemuseum.org

Hyland House

Guilford

Free admission all day.

http://www.hylandhouse.com

Henry Whitfield State Museum

Guilford

Free admission all day.

http://www.chc.state.ct.us/whitfieldhouse.htm

Edgerton Park

Hamden

Will have knowledgeable docents on hand to answer any questions about the collection of tropical plants in the greenhouses.

http://www.edgertonpark.org

Trail Wood: The Edwin Way Teale Memorial Sanctuary

Hampton

Free admission all day. Explore the walking trails so loved by Pulitzer Prize winning naturalist writer, Edwin Way Teale.  Teale's writing cabin and study will also be open to the public.

http://www.ctaudubon.org

Butler-McCook House & Garden & Main Street History Center

Hartford

Free admission all day.

http://www.hartnet.org/ALS

Isham-Terry House

Hartford

Free admission all day from 1 until 4 p.m.

http://www.hartnet.org/ALS

Mark Twain House & Museum

Hartford

Free admission all day to the Museum Center which includes the current exhibition "Markson Paper," about Mark Twain's personal library, film by Ken Burns, orientation exhibit. (Admission applies for a tour of the Twain House).

http://www.marktwainhouse.org

Connecticut Historical Society Museum

Hartford

Free admission all day.

http://www.chs.org

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Hartford

Free admission from 12 noon until 5 p.m.

http://www.harrietbeecherstowe.org

Real Art Ways

Hartford

Free gallery admission all day.

http://www.realartways.org

Sloane-Stanley Museum and Kent Furnace

Kent

Free admission all day.

http://www.cultureandtourism.org/history/museums.html

Lebanon Historical Society Museum & Visitor Center

Lebanon

Free admission all day.

http://www.lebanonCtHistSoc.org

Dr. William Beaumont House

Lebanon

Free admission all day.

http://www.lebanonCtHistSoc.org

Jonathan Trumbull Jr. House Museum

Lebanon

Free admission from 12 noon until 4 p.m. "Under the Spreading Ginkgo Tree," a complimentary Colonial tea party on the lawn under the Ginkgo tree.

http://www.jtrumbulljr.org

War Office

Lebanon

Free admission all day.

http://www.connecticutsar.org

The Schoolhouse

Ledyard

Free patriotic flag to each visitor.

http://www.ctbound.org/Travel/detail.asp?id=87  

White Memorial Conservation Center Museum

Litchfield

Free admission all day.

http://www.whitememorialcc.org

Little Theatre of Manchester

Manchester

Family fun with crafts, ethnic food, local entertainment, bus tours of historic sites, horse drawn carriage rides.

http://www.cheneyhall.org

Golden Age of Trucking Museum

Middlebury

Free admission for the first 100 visitors.

http://www.goldenagetruckmuseum.com

Quassy Amusement Park

Middlebury

First 100 visitors receives a free wristband when they report to the Park Office next to the grand carousel building and identifies themselves as an Open House guest.

http://www.quassy.com

Amasa Day House

Moodus

Free admission from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

http://www.hartnet.org/als

Mystic Arts Center

Mystic

Free admission all day, along with an I-Spy activity for the children.

http://www.mystic-art.org

Jerram Winery

New Hartford

Offering free wine tasting for first 50 people.

http://www.jerramwinery.com

Freedom Schooner Amistad

New Haven

Free admission from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

http://www.amistadamerica.org

Summer Yale Cabaret

New Haven

Offering a special opportunity to visit their building and any available artists from 1 until 5 p.m.

http://www.yale.edu/summercabaret

Schooner "Quinnipiack"

New Haven

Free tours from 1 until 5 p.m. aboard the flagship of New Haven, Quinnipiack, a 91-foot gaff-rigged wooden schooner.

http://www.schoonerinc.org/

Creative Arts Workshop

New Haven

Special activities throughout the day as part of the Audubon Art on the Edge street festival, including craft show from 3-8 p.m., chalk drawing, music, coordinated gallery opening for "Cultural Passages" exhibition from 5-8 p.m., dancing, movie at 9 p.m.

http://www.creativeartsworkshop.org

Fair Haven Woodworks

New Haven

Complimentary refreshments, free raffle drawings, and a special gift to all visitors from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

http://www.fairhavenwoodworks.com

Shaw-Perkins Mansion

New London

Free admission all day.

http://www.newlondonhistory.org

Hempsted Houses

New London

Free admission all day.

http://www.hartnet.org/als/alsprop.html#hemp

Nathan Hale Schoolhouse

New London

Free admission all day.

http://www.connecticutsar.org

Hunt Hill Farm/Silo

New Milford

Free admission all day with a gallery opening of Wendell Minor's "America" and opening reception from 3 until 6 p.m. with food, drink and music. Open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

http://www.hunthillfarmtrust.org

Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

Norwalk

Free admission for the first 100 visitors to the Aquarium.

http://www.maritimeaquarium.org 

Ruth Callander House Museum

Portland

Free admission from 12 noon until 4 p.m. with free beverages and desserts.

http://www.portlandhistsoc.org

Portland Brownstone Quarries National Historic Landmark

Portland,

Offering free canoe rides on the quarry lake, guided tours of the riverside park which is a unique landmass with trails and a tree walk built up on a sandbar on the Connecticut River.

http://www.brownstonequorum.org

Keeler Tavern Museum

Ridgefield

Free admission from 1 until 4 p.m.

http://www.keelertavernmuseum.org

Ridgefield Playhouse

Ridgefield

Free admission all day.

http://www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org

White Silo Farm & Winery

Sherman

Free glass of their specialty Blackberry Sangria to the first 100 visitors. Open 11-5.

http://www.whitesilowinery.com

Sherman Historical Society

Sherman

Free admission all day to the Old Store Museum and the David Northrop House of Local History, along with refreshments.

http://www.shermanhistorical.org

Phelps Tavern Museum & Homestead

Simsbury

Free admission all day, 10% off all museum store purchases, free refreshments.

http://www.simsburyhistory.org

Welles Shipman Ward House

South Glastonbury

Free admission from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

http://www.ctbound.org/Travel/detail.asp?id=1272

Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Stamford

Free gift for all visitors and special programming Down on the Farm from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

http://www.stamfordmuseum.org

Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens

Stamford

Free docent led tours of the grounds and property. Every visitor gets to plant a seed and take it home.

http://www.bartlettarboretum.org

Stamford Historical Society Museum

Stamford

Free admission all day.

http://www.stamfordhistory.org

Old Lighthouse Museum

Stonington

Free admission all day.

http://www.stoningtonhistory.org

Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House

Stonington

Free admission all day.

http://www.stoningtonhistory.org

William Benton Museum of Art

Storrs

Director's tour of the new summer exhibits from 2 until 3 p.m. Exhibitions include: "Winslow Homer Illustrating," People Passing by: Paintings and Prints by Lester Johnson," and "Go Figure: 20th Century Figurative Art from the Benton Collection."

http://www.benton.uconn.edu

Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry

Storrs

Free admission from 12 noon until 5 p.m.

http://www.bimp.uconn.edu

Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden

Suffield

Free admission all day.

http://www.hartnet.org/als/alsprop.html#hath

Torrington Historical Society

Torrington

Free admisson from 12 noon until 4 p.m. to the Hotchkiss-Fyler House and the Torrington History Museum.

http://www.torringtonhistoricalsociety.org

Bush Meadow Farm

Union

Free farm tours with meal specials.

(860) 684-3089

Institute for American Indian Studies

Washington

Free admission all day.

http://www.birdstone.org

Mattatuck Museum

Waterbury

Free admission all day.

http://www.mattatuckmuseum.org

Crystal Mall

Waterford

Free Crystal Mall Visitor Savings Book when you visit Simon Guest Services, located on the lower level near Filene's.

http://www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?ID=334

Holcomb Farm Learning Centers

West Granby

Offering a Native American Circle from 3 until 4 p.m. Hear traditional Native American teachings based around the spirit of giving and the connection of humans with their environment. Open for hiking and picnicking.

http://www.holcombfarm.com

Savin Rock Museum

West Haven

Free admission from 12 noon until 4 p.m.

http://www.cityofnewhaven.com

Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum

Wethersfield

Free admission all day.

http://www.webb-deane-stevens.org

Huntington House Museum

Windsor

Free admission all day.

http://www.huntingtonmuseum.org

New England Air Museum

Windsor Locks

Free admission for the first 100 visitors.

http://www.neam.org

Glebe House & Gertrude Jekyll Garden

Woodbury

Free admission all day.

http://www.theglebehouse.org

Roseland Cottage-Bowen House

Woodstock

Free admission all day.

http://www.historicnewengland.org

 


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