Children grow and learn in many different ways. As parents, we’re always looking for new ways to stimulate our children’s desire to explore, discover, and learn. Museums are one way we can spark their interest for subjects in ways they may not get in school.

To help you find a museum to explore with your child, we’ve compiled a directory of museums around the state of Connecticut. If you see that we’ve missed one, please email us at newenglanddads@gmail.com and we’ll add it.

Children’s Museums in Connecticut

Imagine Nation Children’s Museum (Bristol)
We provide unique learning opportunities for children and families in our museum as well as our preschool & infant/toddler early learning school. Directions

Lutz Children’s Museum (Manchester)
Every visit to the Lutz Children’s Museum is exciting because exhibits change frequently and special programs are offered daily. Directions

KidCity Children’s Museum (Middletown)
A museum is usually a place for looking, but a children’s museum is a place for doing! Each of our hands-on exhibits will jump start your child’s imagination…and yours too. Directions

New Britain Youth Museum (New Britain)
The New Britain Youth Museum offers school programming, outreach, exhibits and special events that focus on history, art, science and the cultural heritage of the diverse peoples of the region. Directions

Connecticut Children’s Museum (New Haven)
The Connecticut Children’s Museum helps nurture children, their families, and teachers in a literacy-rich and arts-based place. Directions

Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut (Niantic)
We engage, encourage, and challenge children from 9 months to 9 years in the arts, sciences, and world cultures. Directions

Stepping Stones Museum for Children (Norwalk)
Stepping Stones Museum for Children is not just any museum. It’s a fun, colorful and engaging environment that recognizes the value of play in promoting learning, creativity and discovery. Directions

The Children’s Museum (West Hartford)
Children engage in our interactive labs, workshops, multi-sensory exhibits, a live wildlife sanctuary, state-of-the art digital science dome planetarium shows and movies, vacation camps, sleepovers, birthday parties, scout activities, and special events. Directions

Art Museums in Connecticut

Bellarmine Museum of Art (Fairfield)
An essential academic and cultural resource for students, faculty, and residents of the surrounding region, the Fairfield University Art Museum offers first-hand experience of original works of art and their unique historical resonance. Directions

Bruce Museum (Greenwich)
Consistently voted the “Best Museum” by area media, the Bruce Museum is a regionally based, world-class institution highlighting art, science and natural history in more than a dozen changing exhibitions annually. Directions

Florence Griswold Museum (Old Lyme)
The Florence Griswold Museum fosters the understanding of American art, with emphasis on the art, history, and landscape of Connecticut. Directions

Science Museums in Connecticut

Discovery Museum and Planetarium (Bridgeport)
The Discovery Museum provides dynamic, hands-on STEM experiences that resonate with the innate curiosity, learning desire, and spirit of exploration of our guests. Directions

Connecticut Science Center (Hartford)
With more than 165 hands-on exhibits, a state-of-the-art 3D digital theater, four educational labs, plus daily programs and events, the Connecticut Science Center offers endless exploration for children, teens, and adults. Directions

Historical Museums in Connecticut

Barnum Museum (Bridgeport)
The Barnum Museum is dedicated to the life and work of Phineas Taylor (P.T.) Barnum and the “Greatest Show on Earth.” Directions

Connecticut River Museum (Essex)
The Connecticut River Foundation at Steamboat Dock was established in 1974 as a small, all-volunteer organization dedicated to the dream of establishing a museum that would preserve the history of the Connecticut River and its people. Directions

Fairfield Museum and History Center (Fairfield)
The Fairfield Museum and History Center believes in the power of history to inspire the imagination, stimulate thought and transform society. Directions

Eli Whitney Museum (Hamden)
The Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop is an experimental learning workshop for students, teachers, and families. We collect, interpret, and teach experiments that are the roots of design and invention. Directions

Mark Twain House and Museum (Hartford)
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. Directions

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center (Mashantucket)
The Pequot Museum is committed to transforming how indigenous culture and peoples are represented to accurately portray a next generation Native narrative that gives greater understanding to the evolution of a new Native voice. Directions

Military Museums in Connecticut

Historic Ship “Nautilus” & Submarine Force Museum (Groton)
The museum’s collections include more than 33,000 artifacts, 20,000 significant documents and 30,000 photographs. With so many holdings, the displays change frequently and a return visit will be a new experience. Directions

Transportation Museums in Connecticut

Shoreline Trolley Museum (East Haven)
The Shore Line Trolley Museum, operated by the Branford Electric Railway Association, Inc., strives to educate the public about the story of the trolley and related forms of mass transit in their historic context. Directions

Connecticut Trolley Museum (East Windsor)
Learn how society was impacted by amusement parks (trolley parks), streetcar suburbs, and the growth of mill towns. Various trolley cars from our collection are on display within the Visitor Center. Directions

Mystic Seaport (Mystic)
Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929 to gather and preserve the rapidly disappearing artifacts of America’s seafaring past, the Museum has grown to become a national center for research and education. Directions

New England Air Museum (Windsor Locks)
This museum is dedicated to preserving and presenting historically significant aircraft and related artifacts, engaging visitors through high-quality exhibits, and inspiring students through innovative and hands-on educational programs. Directions

Nature Museums in Connecticut

White Memorial Conservation Center (Litchfield)
An Environmental Education Center and Nature Museum located in the heart of the 4,000-acre White Memorial Foundation, in the hills of northwestern Connecticut. Directions

Peabody Museum of Natural History (New Haven)
The mission of the Peabody Museum is to serve Yale University by advancing our understanding of earth’s history through geological, biological, and anthropological research. Directions

Stamford Museum and Nature Center (Stamford)
The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art and popular culture, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. Directions

Earthplace (Westport)
Earthplace provides hands-on, nature based learning experiences through childhood into young adulthood, as well as environmental education programs for teens and adults. Directions

Did we miss something? Email us at newenglanddads@gmail.com and we’ll add it.

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