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 PropertyTownOpen House Offer
Farmington Valley Arts Center(860) 678-1867
AvonOpen studios of 20 artists all day and faculty and student exhibition open to the public.
Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden (203) 266-7596
BethlehemFree admission all day.
Discovery Museum (203) 372-3521
BridgeportFree admission all day. $2 per person additional for the galleries, films, and planetarium shows.
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo http://www.beardsleyzoo.orgBridgeportFree admission for the first 100 visitors.
American Clock & Watch Museum (860) 583-6070
BristolFree admission all day.
Bristol Historical Society (860) 583-6309
BristolFree admission all day.
Imagine Nation Children’s Museumhttp://www.imaginenationmuseum.orgBristolFree admission for the first 100 visitors.
Brookfield Craft Center (203) 775-4526
BrookfieldFree T-shirts to the first 25 visitors who mention Connecticut Open House.
Creamery Brook Bison (860) 779-0837
BrooklynFree 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.
Prudence Crandall House Museum (860) 546-7800
CanterburyFree admission all day.
Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum http://www.barkermuseum.comCheshireBring a camera! Scooby-Doo will be on hand all day, free cartoon movies, free scavenger hunts, coloring contests, trivia games, and free gifts.
Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets VIP Coupon Book, a $5 value worth hundreds of dollars in additional savings available at the Management Office or Information Booth.
Canton Historical Museum http://www.cantonmuseum.orgCollinsvilleFrom admission from 12 noon until 4 p.m.
Nathan Hale Homestead (860) 742-6917, (860) 247-8996
CoventryFree 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.
Military Museum of Southern New England http://www.usmilitarymuseum.orgDanburyFree admission all day.
Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine (860) 653-3563
East GranbyFree admission all day.
Nathan Hale Schoolhouse(860) 873-3399
East HaddamFree admission all day.
Goodspeed Opera Househttp://www.goodspeed.orgEast HaddamFree tour of the historic Victorian theater built in 1876 by shipping magnate William Goodspeed, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Connecticut Trolley Museum(860) 627-6540
East WindsorFree admission from 10 a.m. until 12 noon.
East Windsor Academy Museum WindsorServing free coffee from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Essex Steam Train & Riverboat Ridehttp://www.essexsteamtrain.comEssexChildren ride for free all day.
Hill-Stead Museum(860) 677-4787
FarmingtonFree admission from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Stanley-Whitman Househttp://www.stanleywhitman.orgFarmingtonFree admission all day.
Nathan Lester House & Tool Museum(860) 464-8540
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.
Bruce Museum of Arts & Science(203) 869-0376
GreenwichFree admission all day.
Hyland House(203) 453-9477
GuilfordFree admission all day.
Henry Whitfield State Museum(203) 453-2457
GuilfordFree admission all day.
Thomas Griswold House GuilfordFree admission all day.
Edgerton Park(203) 624-9377
HamdenWill have knowledgeable docents on hand to answer any questions about the collection of tropical plants in the greenhouses.
Trail Wood: The Edwin Way Teale Memorial Sanctuary(860) 928-4948
HamptonFree 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.
Mark Twain House & Museum(860) 247-0998
HartfordFree 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).
Butler-McCook House & Garden & Main Street History Center(860) 522-1806, (860) 247-8996
HartfordFree admission all day.
Connecticut Historical Society Museum(860) 236-5621
HartfordFree admission all day.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center(860) 522-9258
HartfordMeet Harriet Beecher Stowe and members of her family and the Nook Farm neighbors, in celebration of Mrs. Beecher’s birthday. Events include music, craft activities, Victorian lawn games, carriage rides, art exhibition, Magic Lantern Theater Company performs, birthday cake and lemonade. Free admission from 12 noon until 5 p.m.
Artworks Galleryhttp://www.artworksgallery.orgHartfordFrom 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., enjoy a free music performance featuring The Alturas Duo. Carlos Boltes (viola & charango) and Scott Hill (classical guitar) combine their talents to craft a seamless blend, specializing in the rhythms and dances of South America. A small group of poets and artists create and share work based on their listening experience.
Real Art Ways(860) 232-1006
HartfordFree gallery admission all day.
Hartford Stagehttp://www.hartfordstage.orgHartfordFree behind-the-scene tour of this Tony Award-winning professional theater, from 12 noon until 5 p.m.
Isham-Terry House(860) 522-1984, (860) 247-8996
HartfordFree admission all day from 1 until 4 p.m.
Sloane-Stanley Museum and Kent Furnace(860) 927-3849
KentFree admission all day.
Lebanon Historical Society Museum & Visitor Center(860) 642-6579
LebanonFree admission all day.
War Office(860) 873-3399
LebanonFree admission all day.
Jonathan Trumbull Jr. House Museum(860) 642-6100
LebanonFree 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.
Dr. William Beaumont House(860) 642-6579
LebanonFree admission all day.
The Schoolhouse(860) 464-2865
LedyardFree patriotic flag to each visitor.
White Memorial Conservation Center Museum(860) 567-0857
LitchfieldFree admission all day.
Topsmead State Forest admission all day.
Little Theatre of Manchester(860) 647-9824
ManchesterFamily fun with crafts, ethnic food, local entertainment, bus tours of historic sites, horse drawn carriage rides.
Golden Age of Trucking Museum(203) 577-2181
MiddleburyFree admission for the first 100 visitors.
Quassy Amusement Park(203) 758-2913, (800) FOR-PARK
MiddleburyFirst 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.
Amasa Day House(860) 873-8144, (860) 247-8996
MoodusFree admission from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.
Mystic Arts Center(860) 536-7601
MysticFree admission all day, along with an I-Spy activity for the children.
New Britain Museum of American Arthttp://www.nbmaa.orgNew BritainFree admission from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., with special docent tours of the exhibits and galleries.
Jerram Winery(860) 379-8749
New HartfordOffering free wine tasting for first 50 people.
Summer Yale Cabaret(203) 432-1566
New HavenOffering a special opportunity to visit their building and any available artists from 1 until 5 p.m.
Schooner “Quinnipiack”(203) 865-1737
New HavenFree tours from 1 until 5 p.m. aboard the flagship of New Haven, Quinnipiack, a 91-foot gaff-rigged wooden schooner.
Creative Arts Workshop(203) 562-4927
New HavenSpecial 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.
Freedom Schooner Amistad(203) 498-9000, (866) AMISTAD
New HavenFree admission from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
New Haven Colony Historical Societyhttp://www.nhchs.orgNew HavenFree admission all day.
Fair Haven Woodworks(203) 776-3099
New HavenComplimentary refreshments, free raffle drawings, and a special gift to all visitors from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Hempsted Houses(860) 443-7949, (860) 247-8996
New LondonFree admission all day.
Lyman Allyn Art Museumhttp://www.lymanallyn.orgNew LondonFree admission all day.
Fort Trumbull State Park LondonFree admission all day.
Shaw-Perkins Mansion(860) 443-1209
New LondonFree admission all day.
Nathan Hale Schoolhouse(860) 873-3399
New LondonFree admission all day.
Hunt Hill Farm/Silo(860) 355-0300
New MilfordFree 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.
Newtown Meeting Househttp://www.newtownmeetinghouse.comNewtonFree admission to a Floral Heritage – Tercentennial Celebration 2005 Flower Show from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk(203) 852-0700
NorwalkFree admission for the first 100 visitors to the Aquarium.
Norwalk Museum(203) 866-0202
NorwalkFree admission from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Center for Contemporary Printmaking refreshments from 9 a.m. until 5  p.m.
Faith Trumbull Chapter House(860) 887-7845
NorwichFrom 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. you can take a tour through the Chapter House, as well as the Nathaniel Backus House, and the Children of American Revolution Museum.
Norwich Arts Council(860) 887-2789
NorwichSpecial Saturday opening. Free admission, guided tours including NAC Coop Gallery, NAC Gallery Too, and restored Victorian theatre.
Otis Library NorwichOtis Library first occupied a brick building on Union Square. Small even at the time, the library moved from its original 1850 home on Union Square, in 1962 after almost 50 years it moved to its present Main Street location. Demands of the 21st century and to maintain the library’s role as the cultural center, the library has moved to a temporary location at 2-6 Cliff Street during the renovations to the Main Street location. Visitors and new patrons welcome from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Slater Memorial Museum(860) 425-5560
NorwichFree all day.
Florence Griswold Museumhttp://www.flogris.orgOld LymeVisitors to the Museum from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. will enjoy free summertime refreshments including lemonade, cookies, ice cream.
Ruth Callander House Museum(860) 342-5455
PortlandFree admission from 12 noon until 4 p.m. with free beverages and desserts.
Portland Brownstone Quarries National Historic Landmark(860) 342-2260
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.
Ridgefield Playhouse(203) 438-5795
RidgefieldFree admission all day.
Keeler Tavern Museum(203) 438-5485, (203) 431-0815
RidgefieldFree admission from 1 until 4 p.m.
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museumhttp://www.aldrichart.orgRidgefieldFree admission all day.
Rocky Hill/Glastonbury Ferry Hill / GlastonburyCelebration of the nation’s oldest continuously operating ferry service.  Celebrating 350 years of operation, events include free hay rides, music, food, vendors from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Sherman Historical Society(860) 354-3083
ShermanFree admission all day to the Old Store Museum and the David Northrop House of Local History, along with refreshments.
White Silo Farm & Winery(860) 355-0271
ShermanFree glass of their specialty Blackberry Sangria to the first 100 visitors. Open 11-5.
Phelps Tavern Museum & Homestead(860) 658-2500
SimsburyFree admission all day, 10% off all museum store purchases, free refreshments.
Welles Shipman Ward House(860) 633-6890
South GlastonburyFree admission from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Flights of Fancy Art Gallery(860) 684-9500
Stafford SpringsFrom 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., the gallery is offering beverages and baked goods. Various artisans will be on the premises working on their art.
Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens(203) 322-6971
StamfordFree docent led tours of the grounds and property. Every visitor gets to plant a seed and take it home.
Stamford Historical Society Museum(203) 329-1183
StamfordFree admission all day.
Stamford Museum & Nature Center(203) 322-1646
StamfordFree gift for all visitors and special programming Down on the Farm from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House(860) 535-8445
StoningtonFree admission all day.
Old Lighthouse Museum(860) 535-1440
StoningtonFree admission all day.
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center Archives & Special Collections at University of Connecticut  StorrsSpecial Saturday opening, from 12 noon until 5 p.m. take a tour of the exhibit “The Great Flood of 1955: The Impact on Connecticut Business and Infrastructure.”
William Benton Museum of Art(860) 486-4520
StorrsDirector’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.”
Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry(860) 486-4605
StorrsFree admission from 12 noon until 5 p.m.
Connecticut Museum of Natural History & Connecticut Archaeology Centerhttp://cac.uconn.eduStorrsFree admission from 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Homer Babbidge Library at the University of Connecticut admission from 12 noon until 5 p.m.  The library is offering a gallery walk through exhibits “Fiber Revolution I: Quilts As Art” and “Fiber Revolution II: Visions of Women,” rom 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Hilltop Farm SuffieldFrom 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., offering free refreshments, visitor sign-in book and informational exhibits.
Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden(860) 668-0055
SuffieldFree admission all day.
King House Museum(860) 668-5256
SuffieldOpen 10-4 free admission.
Artwell Gallery & Community Arts Center TorringtonView the exhibition “Patterns,” works by artists from the tri-state region, along with complimentary refreshments, from 12 noon until 5 p.m.
Torrington Historical Society(860) 482-8260
TorringtonFree admisson from 12 noon until 4 p.m. to the Hotchkiss-Fyler House and the Torrington History Museum.
Bush Meadow Farm(860) 684-3089
UnionFree farm tours with meal specials.
Institute for American Indian Studies(860) 868-0518
WashingtonFree admission all day.
Timexpo: The Timex Museum WaterburyFree admission from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Palace Theaterhttp://www.palacetheaterct.orgWaterburyFree admission from 10 a.m. until 12 noon with complimentary coffee and free guided tours of the facility.  At 1 p.m., the Palace Theater and the Waterbury Arts and Tourism Commission sponsors the Family Film, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” Free admission for the first 100 guests. Ticket cost is $1.
Mattatuck Museum(203) 753-0381
WaterburyFree admission all day.
Crystal Mall(860) 442-8500
Waterford,Free Crystal Mall Visitor Savings Book when you visit Simon Guest Services, located on the lower level near Filene’s.
Holcomb Farm Learning Centers(860) 844-8616
West GranbyOffering 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.
National Theatre of the Deafhttp://www.ntd.orgWest HartfordOffering $10 off all National Theatre of the Deaf fleeces 12 noon until 5 pm.
Savin Rock Museum(203) 937-3959
West HavenFree admission from 12 noon until 4 p.m.
Ward-Heitmann House Museummhttp://www.wardheitmann.orgWest HavenFree admission all day with refreshments offered at the end of the house tour.
Capt. James Francis House – Wethersfield Historical Society WethersfieldFree admission all day.
Hurlbut-Dunham House – Wethersfield Historical Societyhttp://www.wethhist.orgWethersfieldFree admission all day.
Cove Warehouse – Wethersfield Historical Societyhttp://www.wethhist.orgWethersfieldFree admission all day.
Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum(860) 529-0612
WethersfieldFree admission all day.
Keeney Memorial Cultural Center – Wethersfield Historical Societyhttp://www.wethhist.orgWethersfieldFree admission all day.
Huntington House Museum(860) 688-2004
WindsorFree admission all day.
Windsor Chamber of Commercehttp://www.windsorcc.orgWindsorFrom 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. each visitor will get a free Windsor postcard and pencil, along with refreshments.
New England Air Museum(860) 623-3305
Windsor LocksFree admission for the first 100 visitors.
Glebe House & Gertrude Jekyll Garden(203) 263-2855
WoodburyFree admission all day.
Roseland Cottage-Bowen House(860) 928-4074
WoodstockFree admission all day.