Celebrate Connecticut Open House Day on June 10th Last Updated: May 2023
Scenic boat and trolley rides. Farm animal encounters. Beer and wine tastings. Behind-the-scenes tours. These are just a few of the activities that Connecticut residents and families can enjoy on Connecticut Open House Day, Saturday, June 10, 2023.
More than 200 tourism attractions across the state, including museums, arts and cultural venues, historical sites, farms and restaurants, will welcome visitors with free or discounted admission or special offers.
Now in its 19th year, Connecticut Open House Day celebrates the state’s diverse array of history, art, culture, nature and adventure experiences.
Discover this year’s lineup, below.
List of Connecticut Open House participants in Fairfield County
Ambler Farm - Saturday Farmstand + Transplant Sale, Wilton
Our Farmstand and Transplant Sale runs every Saturday through October from 9am-1pm. Fresh from the Farm to your kitchen, our hand-picked organic harvest varies from week-to-week.
We are also excited to offer you a variety of fruit and vegetable transplants that we hope you will enjoy growing. We provide them a good start in our greenhouse and let you do the rest.
As always our transplants are grown in our greenhouse from seed in an organic, compost based, biologically-active potting soil and tended to by your friendly farmers. They are then lovingly tended to by our farmers and dedicated team of volunteers. Contact Farmer Jonathan at [email protected] with any questions.
Aquila's Nest Vineyards, Sandy Hook
Aquila's Nest Vineyards is an experience-focused, Climate Neutral Certified vineyard and event venue, offering a selection of the finest Connecticut wines, located in a Fairfield County 40 acre estate in Sandy Hook - Newtown, CT. Join us on June 10 at 12pm or 6pm for a morning and sunset tour of the vineyard grounds with the owner and winemaker.
Avia Flight Academy, Stratford
Tour school's facility and planes, participate in mini ground lessons, fly discovery flights at reduced price
Bethel Historical Society Museum/Children's Camp Displays, Bethel
Visit The Historical Society Museum in the 1842 Meeting House to discover Bethel History. There will be a display of what our Children's Camp Offer - American Girl Doll Camp, Colonial Times Kids's Camp and Laura Ingalls Wilder Program.
Boothe Memorial Park and Museum, Stratford
Boothe Park and Museum has 32 acres of beautiful park land. Ten unusual buildings occupy the park and three of them will be open for visitors.
Bruce Museum, Greenwich
Community Day: Summer Block Party -Saturday & Sunday, June 10 and June 11, 2023, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Free admission on both days. SÃ¡bado y Domingo, 10 y 11 de junio de 2023, de 10:00 a.m. a 4:00 p.m. Â¡Entrada gratis!
Curious about what's going on at the Bruce Museum? Join us for the start of summer at the Bruce Summer Block Party.
Cake Walk, Monroe
If you like to dance and/or you like cake, then join our Monroe Bicentennial celebration party at the Stepney Green on Route 25. We will be giving away cakes from our Monroe bakeries at 2pm during our Cake Walk. We have the "bop" and you know that you need to "touch grass" and have some fun outside. Please join us to dance, take a ride on the carousel, kids may like the bounce house, and you might just "take the cake". (No charge for anything expect food/snacks)
Catherine's Butterfly Party, Newtown
CATHERINE'S BUTTERFLY PARTY is a free family festival with super pet adoption event taking place on Saturday, June 10th from 12-4pm at Fairfield Hills Campus in Newtown, CT. The event includes 25+ animal rescue organizations featuring over 200 adoptable animals, live â€œambassadorâ€ wildlife and educational presentations, police k-9, pet related vendors, local artisans, food trucks, live music, entertainment & endless activities for kids! Learn more at cvhfoundation.org
Danbury "OLD Library" mural display and other arts groups showcase, Danbury
Representatives of Danbury's Arts groups showcasing their season's productions. Surrounding the entire room is the Charles Federer (1880-1966) 1935 mural in the old Danbury Library's children's room (now the Danbury Music Center 256 Main Street).
Danbury Museum & Historical Society, Danbury
FREE tours of historic properties, please visit www.danburymusuem.org and register for you free tour!
Daughters of the American Revolution, Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter, Fairfield
This 1804 historic schoolhouse is used by the Daughters of the American Revolution as the meeting house for the Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter. Tours of the building will be offered along with genealogy assistance for those interested in joining the society. Membership eligibility requires an ancestor who fought in the Revolutionary War.
Fairfield Museum and History Center, Fairfield
Enjoy free admission all day at the Fairfield Museum and History Center. Explore the new Creating Community exhibition celebrating the fascinating stories and people unique to Fairfield, from early Native American settlement into the 21st century.
Fairfield University Art Museum, Fairfield
Free museum notecards for all visitors at both galleries and free museum coloring pages at the Bellarmine Hall Galleries, with the option to color in our classroom or take home.
Free Tea Tasting at Open Door Tea, Stratford
Join us for FREE tea tastings at Open Door Tea, only on June 10th! Explore diverse herbal blends, rare single-origin teas, learn brewing techniques, and connect with fellow tea lovers. Let our expert staff guide your taste adventure as you relax in our newly expanded tearoom cafe.
Tasting times: 10am - 10:30am, 3pm - 3:30pm.
The tearoom will be open from 8am - 6pm. Learn more at OpenDoorTea.com
Greenwich Historical Society & Bush-Holley House, Cos Cob
Enjoy FREE admission to the Greenwich Historical Society permanent gallery and exhibition gallery currently featuring SPORTS! More Than Just a Game. FREE tours of the Bush-Holley House will be offered at 12:00, 1:30 and 3:00 pm. After visiting the galleries stop by the Museum Store and enjoy 10% off all Museum Store items.
Mellow Monkey Gifts & Decor, Stratford
Visit this popular and unique shopping destination in Stratford and receive FREE Connecticut giveaways, a large collection of Connecticut themed gifts and dÃ©cor on display to browse or purchase and 20% discount on one item purchased in the store (per person) . Mellow Monkey has been voted Best in State by Connecticut Magazine for the last 4 years!
MoCA Westport, Westport
Free gallery admission on Open House Day! Experience our current exhibition as our complimentary guest. Explore our outdoor space too, including sculptures across the grounds.
Natural Annie Essentials Candle Bar, Bridgeport
NaturalAnnie Essentials candle bar offers a fun and unique BYOB Sip & Pour candle making experience where guests gets to make their own candles guided by an instructor.
No previous experience required, just bring your curious sniffer and bright ideas! You are encouraged to spill the wax and make a mess as you craft up your scented masterpiece! Our in house DJ keeps the session lively and exciting throughout the entire session.
Norwalk Historical Society @ Mill Hill Historic Park, Norwalk
The Norwalk Historical Society at Mill Hill Historic Park overlooks the head of the Norwalk Harbor. You will find three historic buildings (1740-1835), cemetery and award winning exhibitions. Located at 2 East Wall St., Norwalk, CT., Noon-4:00pm. Admission: FREE.
Pequot Library Association, Southport
Stop by Pequot Library on Saturday June 10 for Connecticut Open House Day. Participate in a free walking tour of Southport Village with one of our knowledgeable local historians, and bring your kids to our wonderful children's library for a special activity.
Ridgefield Historical Society's Peter Parley Schoolhouse, Ridgefield
Peter Parley Schoolhouse, at the intersection of West Lane and S. Salem Rd., was in operation from 1756-1915 and served five generations of Ridgefielders. Drop by between 1-4pm and Jack Sanders, who has written 10 books on Ridgefield history, will give you a tour and discuss Samuel Goodrich (aka Peter Parley), a Ridgefield native and one of the most famous children's book authors of his time, who attended the school.
Shelton History Center, Shelton
Plant the pumpkin patch at Shelton History Center! Come to 70 Ripton Rd. during Connecticut Open House Day. Free admission between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. includes tours of the Brownson House, games and activities in the Wilson Barn and Trap Falls School. Be a farmer for the day---the old-fashioned way---and take home your own seedling to nuture.
SHU's Discovery Science Center & Planetarium, Bridgeport
Free Admission & Free Media Pass to experience all the FUN of Discovery Science Center!
Stratford Historical Society, Stratford
Local history is alive at the Captain David Judson House, Catharine B. Mitchell Museum, and Beach Family Carriage House! Take a tour of our colonial house and history museum to learn more about the history of Stratford.
Saturday, June 10, 2023, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (The last tour of Judson House begins at 1:00 pm.). FREE admission and tour for Connecticut residents with proof of residency. All others: $7 per person
Stratford Veterans Museum, Stratford
Tours will be available from 10 am to 4 pm highlighting our exhibit room, the Blue & Gold Star rooms, a flight simulator, and a WW1 trench.
Sunny Day and The Cottage at Sunny Day, Newtown
We offer a 20% reduced rate for a minimum night stay at one of our iTrip Connecticut properties through the end of the year.
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield
Free admission for all visitors.
The c.1750 Ogden House and Dooryard Garden, Fairfield
Enjoy free admission from 10 am to 4 pm at the c. 1750 Ogden House (located at 1520 Bronson Road). Tour the house to see how people lived in the 1700s, stroll through the historic Dooryard Garden maintained by the Fairfield Garden Club, and experience a living history demonstration. Then visit the Fairfield Museum and History Center for free all day!
The Fairfield Old Academy, Fairfield Town Green, Fairfield
Come tour this 1804 schoolhouse which is presently used as the meeting house for the Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Members will be on hand to provide first hand knowledge and help determine eligibility for new membership. While all are welcome to tour, lineage to an ancestor who was actively involved with the American Revolution is required for application.
The Historic William Perry House, Stratford
One of the oldest homes in Stratford. Come by and learn about the history of this historic homestead. Local woodworker will be on hand to provide information on the homes unique architecture. Children can partake in colonial games. Receive a discount coupon for visiting. Light refreshments.
Two Roads Brewing, Stratford
Two Roads Brewing sits on 10-acers of fun in Stratford Connecticut! We are offering free brewery tours and taster glasses all day on Saturday June 10th. In addition to the free tour we also have an outdoor vendor market with over 10 local vendors showcasing their work and a Hop Yard Concert in the evening featuring The C-Sides. Must be 21+ to join our brewery tour. Closed toes shoes are required!
Westport Museum for History and Culture, Westport
Westport Museum is offering free admission to all of our exhibits with a chance to get a sneak peek at the garden renovations. Visitors can also participate in a museum scavenger hunt and browse brand new merchandize at the museum shop.
List of Connecticut Open House participants in Hartford County
1796 Old Farm School, Bloomfield
The Wintonbury Historical Society will offer free admission at the 1796 Old Farm School in Bloomfield. Step back in time, ring the bell to call the children to school, and receive a promotional "history" button. Hours are 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, June 10.
American Clock & Watch Museum, Bristol
FREE from 10:00-5:00 on CT Open House Day! Take time to visit the museum and walk through its 8 galleries to learn about the innovations that spurred the advancement of the industries in the region. Whether you are interested in the history, the mechanics, or the artistry of the clocks and watches, you will find something to satisfy your interest! Special activities include--chat with a clock repair person about their work, children's scavenger hunt throughout the galleries and crafts in the Barnes Wing.
Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford
Learn about the families who lived here and the people who were buried here from the 1600s to the 1800s. Discover more about everyday life hundreds of years ago, including the struggles and successes of ordinary and extraordinary folks. Short guided tours will take place at 12:00 and 1:00 pm.
Center Church, located next door at 675 Main Street, and the 1636 Heritage Partnership will have the sanctuary open. Please drop by to view the Tiffany windows and to learn more about the history of Center Church and the preservation of its buildings.
Berlin Historical Society Museum, Kensington
Museum celebrates the evolution of Berlin from the indigenous people, first European settlers, the tin industry, Yankee peddler, Simeon North pistols, Berlin Iron Bridge, Cheney clocks and other industries. Displays feature the Civil War, the Wide Awake movement, Suffrage, Textiles, Art, the old Berlin Train Station and the Leatherman.
Bristol Historical Society, Bristol
Be our guest at the Bristol BSA Scouters Reunion. This free event, open to everyone, includes a display of Bristol-related Scouting items in our museum from 10am to 2pm, and a 2pm live program at the First Congregational Church just up the hill at 31 Maple Street.
Burlington Historical Society - Elton Tavern, Burlington
Stop by the Elton Tavern in Burlington, CT - a beautiful Federal-style house, built in 1810 by Giles Griswold. It has served as a private home, public house, and inn during the first 164 years until the town of Burlington purchased it in 1974. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as the headquarters for the Burlington Historical Society housing an extensive array of historic artifacts that are significant to the town. Admission is free and docents will be on-hand for guided tours.
Collinsville Canoe & Kayak, Collinsville
10% off on-site rentals!
Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford
Join the CHS for FREE admission to the galleries all day! Explore our four exhibitions, including The Bicycle Game, where you can compete against (or team up with) your friends and family to score points and win prizes! Or check out Making Connecticut, an interactive timeline of our state's history! Then stop by the Inspire Center to get creative and design inventions inspired by the past! Open 9am â€“ 5pm.
Connecticut Science Center, Hartford
Everyone will have the chance to feel like a kid again on June 10, 2023. That's because everyone pays kids' price at the Connecticut Science Center all day long (10AM-4PM), part of CT. Open House Day.
Connecticut's Old State House, Hartford
Visit Connecticut's Old State House on Open House Day in downtown Hartford! Enjoy free indoor and outdoor afternoon activities for all ages. Meet at 11:30 am to walk around the block with historian Dan Sterner as he uses our outdoor State House Square 360Â° exhibit to reveal how the neighborhood looked 150 years ago.
From 12 pm to 5 pm, challenge yourself with a fun scavenger hunt through the 227-year-old building, see a old-fashioned fire truck, a Museum of Curiosities, play some games on the lawn, pick up cute coloring pages for the kids, and more! Connecticutâ€™s Old State House will be open for free to the public from 12-5 pm with our last admission at 4 pm.
While in Hartford, check out the Hartford Taste Festival on Constitution Plaza, Capfest, a family friendly event in the Frog Hollow neighborhood at the State Parking Lot on Broad and Capitol Avenues, and the other museums participating in CT Open House Day.
Curioporium: Connecticut's Premier Immersive Curiosity Shoppe, Hartford
Welcome to Curioporium, the immersive curiosity shoppe filled with strange and unusual objects from all around the world! Step into our wondrous realm of discovery for a truly unique experience. You won't know what you'll find here - from peculiar oddities to captivating curiosities, no two visits will ever be the same.
Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill
Free admission to the Dinosaur State Park exhibit center where you can view over 750 real dinosaur tracks where they were discovered as well as exhibits on dinosaurs and geology of Connecticut.
Expressions Pottery Workshop, East Granby
We will be sharing the experiemce of a pottery studio. Someone will be demonstrating throwing on a wheel and someone will be firing a kiln.
Free Farm Tour, Enfield
Smyth's Trinity Farm is a 4th generation dairy farm that milks 40 cows and bottles their own milk in glass. The walking tour includes a free guided tour to experience what a day in the life of a Trinity cow looks like. See the on site bottling facility and walk thru the barns. See the pastures where our cows graze.
Happy's Indoor Golf, Southington
For CT Open House Day: We are offering free play to anyone attending between 12-4pm on June 10th. All players are welcome at Happy's Indoor Golf. Come play golf for your first time or your 500th time at our premier indoor facility located in downtown Southington. Happy's will have two state-of-the-art golf simulators that allow users to play real rounds of golf. From driving to chipping to putting, players can perfect their game or enjoy time with friends all while inside our building.
Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington
Join us June 10th for a tour of Hill-Stead Museum and receive half-off regular admission for your entire group! Learn more about Architect Theodate Pope Riddle, her father Alfred Atmore Pope and see the special rehanging of his exquisite collection of French Impressionist art and more.
Tours begin on the hour from 10am to 3pm and visit our Museum Shop for admission when you arrive.
Hilltop Farm, Suffield
The Friends of the Farm at Hilltop (FOFAH) are excited to offer an Open Barn event this year. We look forward to showing off the big white barn and the gorgeous new History of Hilltop panels that tell the Hendee, Stroh and FOFAH stories. Visitors are welcome to explore the farmstead and learn about encouraging pollinators. Kids can enjoy a scavenger hunt and can play with the Tonka trucks in our sand pile.
We also have several special events planned for Saturday:
- The Westfield Wheelmen vintage base ball team will be playing a double-header against the New Haven Bulldogs starting at 10am,
- The Hampden County Beekeepers Association keeps hives at Hilltop to raise queen bees. They will be hosting a beekeeping demonstration.
- Suffield Chicks, a Suffield agriscience student supervised agricultural experience at Hilltop, will offer a program on caring for chickens.
The Hilltop Farm Store and Creamery will be open all afternoon, selling ice cream, milk shakes, floats, and coolers that you can enjoy in the shade of our oak grove.
Hogan's Cider Mill, Burlington
We will offer one free round of Golf at "Hogan's Drinks and Links"miniature golf course, situated at the Historic Hogan's Cider Mill, established in 1912, in Burlington, CT
Huguenot House Museum, East Hartford
Open between 1 & 4pm, visitors will receive a guided tour of the 1761 Makens Bemont House and can also visit the 1850 Burnham Blacksmith Shop and see the 1821 Goodwin School House. Complimentary brochures available and post cards and stationary will be half price.
Hungerford Nature Center, Kensington
Admission will be free for the day and we will have lots of fun activities for the whole family, including animal meet and greets and crafts. Activities will run from 10:00am to 12:00pm and our center is open from 10:00am-5:00pm.
Lutz Children's Museum, Manchester
Connecticut Open House Day means free admission to the museum and big trucks outside the museum. The annual event lets the young (and young at heart) climb in, on, and around all kinds of trucks and emergency vehicles.
Manchester Historical Society, Manchester
History Center 175 Pine Street
"Manchester Then and Now"
Art Exhibit "300 Years of Manchester: Past"
1785 Cheney Homestead 106 Hartford Road
Early American Lifestyle
Old Manchester Museum 126 Cedar Street
History Museum including Spencer Rifles, Pitkin Glass Works and the Cheney Brothers
1830 Woodbridge Farmstead and Ca. 1775 Barn
495 E. Middle Turnpike
New Britain Industrial Museum, New Britain
New Britain, named the Hardware City of the world, was home to many iconic manufacturers, including The Stanley Works. On Open House Day the New Britain Industrial Museum will welcome you for a tour and every visitor will receive a door prize ticket and possibly win a 175th Stanley anniversary tape measure - to be drawn at 4pm - winner need not be present. Plus, each visiting GROUP will receive a free commemorative planes poster.
Location: 59 West Main Street, New Britain, CT
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain
Free coffee (hot or iced) with paid admission; free admission for children under 18.
Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society, West Hartford
The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society will offer FREE admission from 1:00pm - 4:00 pm on Saturday, June 10. Museum docents will be stationed throughout the historic house. Bring your family to experience activities such as quill writing and colonial games! In addition, stick around for WordHouse Poetry- a series of FREE poetry readings from 2:00pm - 4:00pm. See you there!
Nowashe Village, South Windsor
In celebration of CT Open House Day, Nowashe Village is hosting its Third Annual Artifact Identification Day! From 11am to 4pm, all are welcome to bring in their arrowheads, stones, pottery, baskets, jewelry, etc. for free identification with special guests UConn Archaeologist Dr. Kevin McBride; FOSA Excavation Field Supervisor Scott Brady; Lapidary and Mineral Society of Central CT's Nancy Najarian; and IAIS Board Member, Craig Nelson.
Also joining us will be Lapidary and Mineral Society of Central CT's members Bob Reynolds and Al Pereira, showcasing an assortment of rocks and minerals found right here in Connecticut and fossils dating back millions of years!
Try your hand at spear throwing with atlatl specialist Gary Nolf who also will be doing live flint knapping throughout the day. Nowashe's newest curated show, South Windsor Unearthed: Rarely Seen Indigenous Artifacts, will be presented indoors at Wood Memorial Library and outdoors in the village. Come and discover some interesting facts about the material culture remains of South Windsor's Indigenous Peoples.
We hope you will join us in Nowashe Village 787 Main Street South Windsor from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. for day of family fun activities. Free with a suggested donation: $5 per child, $10 for adults, $25 per family.
Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine, East Granby
Old New-Gate is nationally recognized as the first chartered copper mine and first state prison in early America. On CT Open House Day, admission is free and allows visitors to self-explore the above-ground prison yard, as well as join a guided tour of the abandoned copper mine.
Oliver Ellsworth Homestead, Windsor
Free tour of the Oliver Ellsworth Homestead museum - home of a Connecticut Founding Father. Oliver was a drafter of the US Constitution, the US Judiciary Act, and 3rd Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court. Presidents Washington and Adams visited the Ellsworth family at the Homestead. The Homestead is restored to its 1782 style, with art, furniture and architectural elements of the era.
Pitkin Glass Works, Inc., Manchester
The Pitkin Glass Works is a historic site where glass bottles were manufactured between 1785 and 1830. Children will be able to "dig" on the site as archaeologists have.
Real Art Ways, Hartford
Real Art Ways is a multidisciplinary non-profit arts organization located in Hartford, Connecticut. On Saturday, June 10th, 2023, our gallery spaces will be open and free to the public from 2-9pm. Our exhibitions feature works from emerging contemporary artists, as well as those in later stages of their careers. Our visual arts program includes local, national, and international artists showing modern and contemporary work.
Riverside Reptiles Education Center, Enfield
Come meet some of the animal ambassadors for Riverside Reptiles Education Center! You will be able to meet one of the animals and ask questions to one of their daily handlers.
Simsbury Historical Society, Simsbury
Open from noon to four pm on June 10. Come enjoy the gardens, visit our reproduction wigwam and historic barn.
Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington
Join us for free guided historic house and garden tours of our c. 1720 National Historic Landmark. In the Whitman Tavern visitors can hear about cooking techniques from Dennis Picard, history interpreter. He will present several styles of cooking demonstrated throughout the day.
Our Dooryard Garden Society will be in the gardens to talk about the living collection of indigenous and colonial plants that were grown for medicinal and culinary purposes.
Stone Age Rock Gym, Manchester
Try ROCK CLIMBING our indoor cliff walls! At this special event you may climb for the first 1/2 hour FREE, just to check us out! You can stay as long as you wish with the purchase of a half-price day pass and gear rental (~$17 after discount). Every person, Visitor AND Climber, MUST complete our "Visitor and Participant Agreement" online (all digital, do not print) @ www.StoneAgeRockGym.com. No reservation required. Gym hours 10am - 10pm.
The Barnes Museum, Southington
The Barnes Museum will offer free admission and tours between 10 AM and 2 PM on Saturday, June 10. Tours will be on the hour, with the last tour departing at 2:00 PM. The grounds are open all day. For more information or questions, call us at 860-628-5426 or email [email protected]
The Carousel Museum, Bristol
The Carousel Museum is a non-profit organization that preserves and exhibits antique and modern carousel art, and celebrates dedicated craftsmen, to inspire creativity, joy, and wonder.
CT Open House Day will offer FREE admission and free rides for children on our Carousel on rides all day.
Truck Day, Manchester
Connecticut Open House Day means free admission inside the museum and big trucks outside the museum. This annual event lets the young (and young at heart) climb in, on, and around all kinds of trucks and emergency vehicles.
Vintage Radio & Communications Museum, Windsor
We are an all volunteer organization dedicated to the sharing and preservation of human communications history. Come tour the displays covering the pre-electronic era of communications right up to personal computers. An experienced docent will guide you and give you insight into each display.
Waypoint Spirits, Bloomfield
Free tour and tasting at the distillery to enjoy CT made spirits. Show us your CT spirit by visiting the distillery to enjoy our cocktails and local beers (also serving food and brunch).
Webb Deane Stevens Museum, Wethersfield
Half off our regular priced admission for tours of our three historic houses as well as our colonial revival garden, restored privies all in beautiful historic Old Wethersfield. (An $18.00 value)
Wethersfield Academy for the Arts, Wethersfield
Come visit the Wethersfield Academy for the Arts. Demonstrations, classes, refreshments, and fun for all! We'll open up our doors for Studio Tours. Spin to win art prizes!
Wethersfield Historical Society, Wethersfield
Wethersfield Historical Society is offering free admission to all of its sites, and refrigerator magnets featuring our historic sites will be offered as a free gift while supplies last. The Hurlbut Dunham House and The Cove Warehouse will be open 1 - 4 pm, and The Wethersfield Museum at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center will be open 10 am - 4 pm.
Windsor Historical Society, Windsor
Free today - fun for all ages! Explore Windsor and Connecticut history through our engaging exhibit galleries, historic houses, museum shop, and research library. Special "Colonial Herb Garden Q&A" from 10-noon - talk with culinary expert and herb gardner Becky Hendricks about commonly used herbs in early CT! Visit our galleries and two historic houses for free hands-on activities and glimpses into the daily lives of early Windsor families as well as the Black experience in Windsor.
Wood Memorial Library & Museum, South Windsor
Join us at Wood Memorial Library from 11am to 4pm for the Grand Opening of our â€œnewâ€ research library. Explore how you can use the primary source materials in our collections to conduct research on local history pertaining to South Windsor and the greater southern Connecticut River Valley area, Native American tribes and cultures of the region, and the birds of the South Windsor Meadows and Station 43. Light refreshments will be offered and Friend's Archivist, Leith Johnson will be on hand to answer questions. At 1:00 pm Johnson will discuss the Grant Family Papers from the archives and use the example of Dr. Primus Manunet as a case study detailing some of the puzzles and challenges researchers of local history face. Learn more about the family friendly activities that will be offered at www.woodmemoriallibrary.org.
List of Connecticut Open House participants in Litchfield County
Abrash Galleries, Woodbury
An electric gallery that highlights antique hand made rugs and local artwork as well as an eclectic collection of treasures that one would expect to see at a mid eastern bazar. A hub for information on the town of Woodbury with brochures and maps available for those who are looking for a tourism experience. Whether it is antiques,art of some history in the area itself Abrash Galleries will not disappoint.
American Mural Project, Winsted
Free admission all day to the American Mural Project exhibit. Explore the 5-story high, 120-foot long, 3D mural celebrating American workers, housed in a former mill. Great for all ages. Tours, exhibit activities, art station. Open 10am-5pm June 10 (Regular hours Fridays and Saturdays 10am-5pm, Sundays 12-5pm). 90 Whiting Street, Winsted, CT americanmuralproject.org
Antiquario Villas and Cottages, Woodbury
Period furniture and decoration spanning four centuries and three continents, galleried in a 1754 National Register of Historic Places house in Woodbury; Connecticut's long established "Antiques Capital".
East Litchfield Chapel, Litchfield
The East Litchfield Chapel is the only public building in East Litchfield remaining from the railroad era. Visitors can view photos from the railroad era in the chapel on Open House Day.
The Village of East Litchfield grew up around the railroad depot on the Housatonic River, with a railroad station, hotel, school, and store. Only the East Litchfield Chapel remains: Built by community members in 1868, it served as a community Sunday school, meeting place, and house of worship.
In 2017, the Mission Society of East Litchfield gave the building to the East Litchfield Village Improvement Society. It has been renovated and is now used for community events such as meetings, yoga classes, game nights and music evenings. It is available for rent, and has served small weddings and family gatherings.
Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio, New Milford
Located in the historic New Milford Railroad Station, Gallery 25 & Creative Art Studio is a co-op of local CT artists working in a variety of media. Visit the gallery and see our current exhibit â€œThrough the Artist's Eyesâ€ a collection of works by our member artists. Admission is free. At 3PM, Christy Bonaiuto will be offering a free demonstration of acrylic-pour paintings. All day we will be offering visitors a free hand-crafted item made by one of our local member artists.
Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden, Woodbury
Museum & Garden Open House.
The Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden will be open with free admission for self-guided tours. Docents and Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and share history.
The Museum will celebrate the 280th Anniversary of the birth of the Rev. John Rutgers Marshall. The Rev. Marshall and his family lived at the "glebe" from 1771-1786 - the main interpretation time-period of the historic site.
Greenwood Glass Blowing Studio, Gallery & School, Riverton
Come visit the glass blowing studio & gallery located inside the historic stone church built in 1829 in Riverton, CT. Glass blowing workshops are available for all ages 5 years old and up.
Harwinton Historical Society, Harwinton
The Harwinton Historical Society will have open their 1840 one-room schoolhouse and barn. Located on Rte 118 in Harwinton. Barn will have farming equipment on display and the one-room schoolhouse is set up for class.
Husky Meadows Farm, Norfolk
Join us at Husky Meadows Farm for a behind the scenes farm tour with Farmer Brett Ellis. Participants can also get a glimpse of our farm kitchen and guest rooms of our Seed & Spoon Farm Stays.
KidsPlay Children's Museum, Torrington
KidsPlay is offering 1/2 price admission to CT residents all day!
Leroy Anderson House, Woodbury
The Westfarms Quartet will perform the Beethoven String Quartet No. 13 in Bb Major, at 3:00 pm on Saturday, June 10, 2023. Admission is free for this outdoor concert but reservations are required. Bring a folding chair.
The Leroy Anderson House is a historic house museum on the National Register of Historic Places. The Mid-Century modern home of the composer of Sleigh Ride is open for tours from 11 am to 5 pm on both Saturday June 10 and Sunday June 11. Admission is free. www.leroyandersonfoundation.org
Litchfield Farmers Market, Litchfield
The Litchfield Farmers Market is one of the few year-round markets in Connecticut. The weekly Saturday market offers fresh seasonal produce, plants, fruit, berries, flowers, herbs, sustainably sourced fish; artisanal cheeses, breads and baked goods, local honey, maple syrup and gifts â€“ raised, grown or crafted by 15+ local vendors.
The market occasionally hosts live music, has a cookbook, gardening book swap table and offers a space to local non-profits from throughout the Litchfield area.
Litchfield Historical Society Walking Tour of Litchfield Historic District, Litchfield
Discover Litchfield's vibrant history and explore the town's celebrated Historic District. This one hour walking tour provides visitors with an overview of Litchfield's history - from the stories behind famous landmarks to anecdotes about past residents to appreciation of prominent buildings.
Tours leave at 1:00 from the Litchfield History Museum (7 South Street). Register online at https://app.etapestry.com/cart/LitchfieldHistoricalSociety/default/item.php?ref=2680.0.411151413
Seven Hearths, Kent
Join Kent Historical Society staff and trustees for the opening weekend of the 2023 exhibit, "Sticks & Stands," an exhibition of historic candlesticks and candle stands from private collections, shown at Seven Hearths Museum, the pre-Revolutionary house located in the heart of the Flanders Historic District in Kent. In addition to "Sticks & Stands," visitors can view the works of George Laurence Nelson, learn the history of the award-winning fur-trading post, and discover Kent's original general store. There's something at Seven Hearths for everyone. Admission is free.
Starberry Peach Farm, Washington Depot
Walk through beautiful hilltop orchard, information about IPM and tree fruit
Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen
10% Off 12 Bottle Purchase, $10 Wine Slushies
Susan Rood Art Studio, New Hartford
Art in the Barn, an exhibit of area artists of ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking and weaving. Exhibiting artists include Katie Atkinson, Sheila and Will Cummings, Merrill French, Lisabeth Gustafson,Tom Hlas, John Johnson, Leslie Landau, Joanne Magadan, Howard and Susan Rood. Printmaking demonstrations given during the day.
The Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society, Falls Village
Free tour of the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society's Museum featuring local artifacts in a restored railroad depot along the Housatonic Railroad.
The Institute for American Indian Studies, Washington
Visit the Institute for American Indian Studies to learn about the more than 12,000-year history of Connecticut's Native American inhabitants. Museum educators and docents will be offering introductory tours of the museum and replicated Algonkian village. Want a deeper dive? Test out your understanding of local Native American history and culture through our newly developed "Quest Across Quinnetukut" trivia game.
The Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield, Litchfield
The Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield is a replica of the Grotto Lourdes in France. Built of local fieldstone by two Montfort Brothers, Brother Alfonso and Brother Gabriel, with the help of Montfort seminarians and people from the area, the Shrine was dedicated in 1958. The Montfort Missionaries developed the Shrine so that individuals, families and groups could come to pray, to reflect on their own lives, and to imitate Mary's life of faithful discipleship.
The Grotto is the site for Mass and other services held in the open air from May through mid-October.
In addition to participating in the liturgy and prayer at the Grotto, you can follow the Way of the Cross which winds up the Shrine's wooded hillside to a Calvary Scene at the summit of the hill. You can also walk paths leading to smaller shrines of the Sacred Heart, St. Joseph, St. Jude, St. Michael, and St. Louis de Montfort.
The grounds of the Shrine are open year round, from dawn to dusk.
Watertown History Museum, Watertown
Tours of new "History on Main" exhibit.
Participatory exhibit "Memories on Main," where we ask guests to bring their photos of Watertown & Oakville's Main Street.
"Saturdays at the Schoolhouse" at our Nova Scotia Schoolhouse location.
If weather allows: Chalk Art in the parking lot.
White Memorial Conservation Center Nature Museum, Litchfield
Please join us from 9 am until 5pm as we celebrate Connecticut Open House Day with FREE ADMISSION all day! Now in its 19th year, Connecticut Open House Day is an annual event held on the second Saturday of June. Its purpose is to inspire Connecticut residents to learn about all of the tremendous the experiences they can enjoy in their own backyard, anticipating that this will convert them into ambassadors who will recommend these experiences to other visitors.
We look forward to seeing you and sharing our beautiful Museum with you on Open House Day!
List of Connecticut Open House participants in Middlesex County
Boho Farm Open House, East Haddam
Visit friendly adorable animals, walk through the garden, visit our shop and you can even bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at our picnic tables. Animal visits will be free during the open house, Open House is 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Chakana Sky Alpacas, Chester
Come to our small but mighty farm for a complimentary visit with the 17 alpacas. Experience their unique personalities up close and personal, offer them some treats, and enjoy their gentle and inquisitive natures. Before you leave, be sure to shop in 'Pacatique,' our farm store. Donations are gladly accepted. Open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Charter Oak Genealogy, Middletown
Researching Connecticut ancestors and need help deciding next steps? Charter Oak Genealogy will be offering 4 free consults between 11-1. Please contact us for details.
Clinton Historical Society, Clinton
Visit Old Brick, a beautiful 1750 Colonial house, and tour the grounds. Find the wee fairie village and enjoy the garden sculptures.
Also tour the Buell Tool Museum and the Archives, all located on the campus of the Clinton Historical Society.
Connecticut River Museum, Essex
Open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., with free admission for the first 50 visitors. Children's crafts from 10 a.m. until noon.
Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, Essex
20% discount off standard fares for our 2.5 Hour Train & Riverboat Excursion and 1 Hour Train Excursions on Saturday June 10, 2023. Advanced reservations are strongly encouraged at www.essexsteamtrain.com
Free Special Children's Music Program at Lyman Orchards, Middlefield
Discover the beautiful sounds of oboist Fing-Fei Kang and obist/English hornist Charles Huang on June 10th for Connecticut Open House Day! 10am will be a short music concert based on music inspired by poems, folktales, folk songs, myths and fables from all over the world. These children's stories deal with life, love, and allegory. 11am will be an interactive concert designed for children from ages 6 to 13. Based on the fable of the Cricket and the Ant, children learn about the fundamental elements of music (tempo, pitch and dynamics) through active listening, imagination and interaction with the performers!
Godfrey Memorial Library Genealogical Research Center, Middletown
Take a free tour of the Godfrey Memorial Library, a hands-on genealogical research center. We'll show you how to get started on your family tree. If you already have a tree but have never visited, what are you waiting for? Open 9:00am-1:00pm on Open House Day.
Goodspeed Musicals, East Haddam
In celebration of its 60th Anniversary, Goodspeed Musicals opens Its doors to the community for Open House Day with free tours on Saturday, June 10, from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. A $10 discount is also being offered on tickets purchased from the Box Office during Open House Day for evening performances to all of Goodpeed's productions in the 2023 season at The Goodspeed and The Terris theatres.
Go behind the scenes of a musical at the Goodspeed Opera House on an hour-long tour. Explore the iconic building while learning about the vibrant history of the Opera House, and the hundreds of musicals that have been produced on its stage.
A Goodspeed Musicals' tour is a perfect extension of any visit to the picturesque Connecticut River Valley. Have a picnic on the lawn, visit the nearby Gillette's Castle and Connecticut River Museum, or top your visit off with our current show, Gypsy, which runs through Sunday, June 25.
Enjoy $10 off evening performances for any of Goodspeed's productions in the 2023 season for tickets purchased during Open House Day from the Box Office. This offer is for select seats, subject to availability, cannot be combined with other offers, and is only available on Saturday, June 10, at the Box Office.
Finally, come celebrate with Goodspeed Musicals at their 60th Anniversary Gala & Auction on Monday, June 12, featuring a special concert by Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday. Tickets and tables for the Gala & Auction are available and may be purchased online at goodspeed.org/gala.
For show highlights, exclusive photos, special events and more, visit us at goodspeed.org and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
Ivoryton Playhouse, Ivoryton
Ivoryton Playhouse Open House from 10am - 2pm including free backstage tours, history of the theatre and exhibit of memorabilia.
Half price ($25) ticket offer for Saturday, June 10th 8pm performance of ON GOLDEN POND when purchased at the box office on Saturday, June 10th. Subject to availability. Not available for any other show or performance. Not applicable to prior purchases.
Katharine Hepburn Museum, Old Saybrook
Located at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center at 300 Main Street, Old Saybrook, the Katharine Hepburn Museum presents an authentic view of the cultural and historical impact of Miss Hepburn and her family with photos, awards, personal letters, costumes, and other memorabilia.
CT Open House Day hours:12 pm to 4 pm. The Museum is handicap accessible.
(Regular Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm)
Pratt House, Essex
Essex Historical Society welcomes everyone to Pratt House (1732) to enjoy the music and festivities from the Connecticut Sea Music Festival! Free acts of traditional sea music of the Connecticut River Valley will perform at Pratt and downtown on this special day. While you explore, visit Pratt House for free guided tours of Essex's only historic house museum. Engage with Essex's industrial history, walk through our colonial herb and pollinator gardens, and learn about life in a Connecticut seaport town.
Ruth Callander House Museum of Portland History, Portland
The Ruth Callander House Museum of Portland History Let the Celebration Begin!
492 Main Street
Join the Portland Historical Society as we celebrate the birthday of our benefactor, Ruth Ryan Callander. The museum highlights the past with displays about Portlandâ€™s rich history â€” from the Wangunks to the early English settlers and the stories of what brought settlers to town â€” brownstone quarries, shipbuilding and farming. Learn the history of Ruthâ€™s house from 1714 to today and tour the Betty Keser Scott Garden planned and maintained by the Portland Garden Club.
Open free to the public from noon to 3pm.
Celebrating 20 years of ownership, Ruthâ€™s birthday and the formation of the Portland Historical Society 50 years ago, there will be birthday cake to celebrate these milestones for all!
Those who wish can help us repurpose extra tag sale maps by making a paper flower craft to take home.
Thankful Arnold House Museum, Haddam
The Thankful Arnold House Museum and historic herb garden will be open free to visitors on June 10, 2023, from 10 am to 2 pm. Visitors will learn how herbs, vegetables and plants were used by the Widow Thankful Arnold in cooking, dyeing, fragrance and medicine. Make a lavender sachet and see how the Widow Arnold lived in the early 19th century.
The Adam Stanton House and General Store, Clinton
Step back in time to visit our home and general store; and all its unique generational treasures that highlight the beginnings of the beautiful town of Clinton. While here enjoy refreshments and be regaled by stories from our talented historians.
Westbrook Historical Society, Westbrook
Westbrook Historical Society will be open 10am - 3pm. A new children's history of Westbrook book, I Live in Westbrook, Connecticut, will be launched and available for sale with book signing by local author Fran Russell. The museum will be showcasing original artwork from the book by it's illustrator Bud Loomis, who will also be present. The book Westbrook History Happenings and Hearsay will be available for half price.
New Haven County
List of Connecticut Open House participants in New Haven County
Allis-Bushnell House, Madison
The circa 1785 Allis-Bushnell House is located in the heart of downtown Madison--a coastal town with a rich history of farming, shipbuilding, and later as a destination for summer visitors. The house tells Madison's story through displays in five downstairs rooms. Visit us on CT Open House Day to go on a scavenger hunt searching for unique artifacts while learning interesting facts about Madison's rich cultural past.
Barker Character, Comic, and Cartoon Museum, Cheshire
From Vintage 1930s Mickey Mouse Toothpaste to a 1:1 Scale Replica of the Hulk, every toy you've ever played with (or dreamed of) is displayed amongst the 80,000+ antique toys and collectibles within the Barker Character, Comic, and Cartoon Museum.
Cheshire Historical Society, Cheshire
We are an historical house museum on the grounds of the First Congregational Church Green which is also hosting the annual Strawberry Festival. We will be open to the public, free of charge, showcasing the historical part of our house as well as the farming history of our town.
Darling House Museum, Woodbridge
Open House at the Darling House. Come and experience some cool things from our collection on display. Saturday June 10 2 to 4 PM
Deacon John Grave House and Grounds, Madison
Open from 11 am to 3 pm. Docent tours of the 1685 House and viewing of the gardens and Native Plant Walk. Hearth cooking demo, display of Colonial farm tools, and exhibition of early American artifacts.
Downtown New Haven, New Haven
We host and offer a variety of free, open to the public events including Movies in the Plaza, our weekly outdoor movie night, the Orange Street Promenade, our weekly event series highlighting a downtown neighborhood, and Happy Hour in the Plaza, a free music (and food & drinks & games) in a public park.
We would love to attend to spread the word about the many reasons to come hang out downtown!
Fascia's Chocolates CT Open House Day!, Waterbury
We will offer discounted Chocolate Experiences and Free Mini Tours at our facility. We also partner with the Railroad Museum of New England to run round trip trains between their Thomaston station and Fascia's. Multiple Shopping Vendors on site as well as a Food Truck for fun, festival vibes.
Glendale Farms, Milford
Glendale Farms is a flower and horse farm located in Milford, CT. Owned and operated by the Astriab family since 1917. Glendale Farms specializes in flowering annuals and vegetable plants. We are open daily 8-5. Cash and checks accepted.
Gouveia Vineyards, Wallingford
Groups up to 5 people can take a free 4x4 ride through the vineyard and property at Gouveia Vineyards!
Hamden Historical Society's Jonathan Dickerman House, Hamden
Free tours of historic farm house, built in 1792, and cider mill, c. 1810, featuring display of select items from the Hamden Historical Society's collections.
Henry Whitfield State Museum, Guilford
Tour Connecticut's oldest house for free! The Whitfield House stands as a testament to almost 400 years of history - good and bad. It's a reminder of European colonialism that forced Indigenous people off their homelands. It's also a link to immigrants coming here over the course of centuries. It's a touchstone of history's complexity and a reminder to seek different perspectives to preserve a more complete story of America's history.
Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury
Visit the Mattatuck Museum for a FREE ADMISSION DAY! Check out our interactive History Gallery and see new exhibits of local and international art!
Add on a Kid's Art Workshop (11AM-12PM) or a concert from the Connecticut Accordion Association (2-4PM).
The Art of Yum Cafe will be open from 11AM- 3PM for delicious bites!
Medad Stone Tavern Museum, Guilford
Free admission and tour.
Meriden Museum and History Center, Meriden
Open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Anyone under 18 can come with an important adult in their lives. We will have a set of questions for them to ask their adult. We will take their picture with their adult and email them a finished copy of the history of their adult.
Naugatuck History Museum at the Tuttle House, Naugatuck
Free Admission to the Naugatuck History Museum at the Tuttle House: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Free Historical Downtown Walking Tours at noon and two.
Our premiere exhibit is now open. “Town of Dreamers, City of Invention” is an exhibition that tells the story of Naugatuck’s rise from a small manufacturing village to a center of industrial might.
The Bronson B. Tuttle House is the backdrop for this exhibit. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 1882 Queen Anne style mansion provides an authentic space to tell the story of invention and enterprise that created employment for many and great wealth for the few.
New Haven Museum, New Haven
Self-guided tour of the Museum.
North Haven Historical Society & Museums, North Haven
Discover North Haven's past and make future friends!
The North Haven Historical Society, located at the Cultural Center, 27 Broadway, will be open to the public on Saturday, June 10th from 12 - 4 PM. There will be free self-guided exhibits, a "Show 'n Tell", museum tours, and refreshments. All activities are family-oriented. Plenty of on-site parking; please be advised that the building is not handicapped-accessible.
Please join us!
Osborne Homestead Museum, Derby
The Osborne Homestead Museum will have a special climate change and architecture tour. Explore the transformation of this modest 1800s farmhouse and learn how certain architectural features help it adapt to the effects of climate change.
Palace Theater, Waterbury
From 11am to 4pm, come explore the Waterbury Palace Theater. Volunteer tour guides will help navigate and answer any question you may have.
Scoot & Paddle Presents: Charles Island SUP Cup, Milford
Charles Island SUP Cup includes a series of paddleboard, kayak and outrigger canoe races. With long course, short course and a children's race there is something for everyone. Enjoy a FREE Beach Party! Live music on the beach, dancing, kayak and paddleboard use, outrigger canoe demonstrations, hula hoop contest, beach yoga, paddleboard yoga, massages, table stretching, tarot reading, salty foot soaks, kids craft table, face painting, vendors with giveaways and games, food trucks and more! Come join in the fun with this FREE beach party.
Southbury's Three Historic Town Buildings, Southbury
A rare event! All three historic buildings owned by Southbury will be opened to visitors on June 10, 2023, from 10am â€“ 3pm. Take a step back in history by walking inside the Old Town Hall, built in 1873, (624 South Britain Road); the South Britain Library, from 1904,(576 South Britain Road); and Bullet Hill School, constructed in the late 18th century, (215 Main Street North.)
The Dudley Farm Museum, Guilford
The chickens cluck. The sheep graze. Enjoy some switchel, nibble a cinnamon jumble, and lift that bale or milk can! There's always something to do "down on the Farm."
The Legacy Theatre, Branford
Join us at the Legacy Theatre, an award-winning professional theatre located in the village of Stony Creek in Branford for a performance of "Masters of Puppets" at 2pm or 8pm. Actors from primetime television ("Psych," "Empire," "Twin Peaks") star in this no holds barred look at the dirty underbelly of professional wrestling. Receive a free Legacy Theatre Tote Bag with the price of admission to this world-premiere play!
The Shore Line Trolley Museum, East Haven
Step into a portrait of old Connecticut and take a ride on the oldest suburban trolley line in the United States. Free admission on CT Open House Day and we'll also have live music and popcorn. The museum and trolley rides are open for CT Open House Day from 11am-1pm.
The Wolcott Historical Society Schoolhouse Museums, Wolcott
The Wolcott Historical Society's Center School History Museum and the Stone Schoolhouse Museum will be open from 11:00-2:00 P.M. We will offer free entrance to the museums and several free handouts.
Thomas Griswold House Museum, Guilford
Free admission and tour.
Waterski Connecticut, Derby
Waterskiing, wakeboarding instruction, tubing and boat rides.
New London County
List of Connecticut Open House participants in New London County
Avery-Copp House Museum, Groton
Take your picture in a Vintage Paper moon photo booth.
Play old fashioned games on the lawn, enjoy a self-guided tour of the house with special demonstrations in several rooms.
Our dog-friendly landscape is open for picnics and walks.
Brookside Farm Museum, East Lyme
Brookside Farm Museum offers an historical and educational view of agricultural and domestic life from 1845 to 1955. On Open House Day, Brookside will offer guided tours through the historic home, a chance to meet the new curator and share your ideas for the future of this important community resource. Gardeners and aspiring gardeners, historians, educators, fundraisers and all community members will all walk away with a new sense of community as you connect to the past and commit to the future.
Captain Nathaniel Brown Palmer House and the Lighthouse Museum, Stonington
Explore two museums in a picturesque, seaside town for free! The Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer house will whisk you back in time to 1852, when Captain Nat was internationally famous for his explorations and clipper ship designs. The Lighthouse Museum at Stonington point provides a general history of the town, and it's relationship to the sea. Lots of great history, and fun for the whole family!
Colchester History Museum, Colchester
Open House Day at the Colchester History Museum is Scavenger Hunt Day! Stop at the museum 11:00 am-2:00 pm to pick up Scavenger Hunt cards for the museum hunt and the Colchester Burying Ground hunt. Find all the objects and win a prize! Kids and adults can join in on the fun. Discover Colchester history while learning about the town's amazing history.
Custom House Maritime Museum, New London
The Custom House is a lively maritime museum, preservation, and educational organization. Telling the stories of New London's waterfront, the museum offers lighthouse tours and boat trips, artifacts relating to local lighthouses, US Customs and the Amistad, along with changing exhibitions and a great Museum Shop.
Ebenezer Avery House Museum, Groton
Guided tour of a 1750 circ, house that was a hospital after the Battle of fort Griswold.
Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, Groton
The Friends of Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park will greet visitors to the Fort on CT Open House Day, Saturday, June 10, 2023 from 10 am - 3 pm. Climb 166 steps to the top of the Groton Monument, tour the Monument Museum, or enjoy a guided tour of the battlefield at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Do some shopping for great books, mugs, patches, and other Fort Griswold memorabilia.
Gov. Jonathan Trumbull House and Wadsworth Stable, Lebanon
Admission will be free on this day.
Hands-on History Family Fun on the Second Saturday of June, Lebanon
Hands-On History & Free Family Fun on the Second Saturday in June at the Lebanon Historical Society Museum & Jonathan Trumbull Jr House, Saturday, June 10 from 10am to 3pm. Hands-on games & crafts and traditional craft demonstrations.
Ride a Model T around the Lebanon Green. Turn a pen, grind some corn, beat a rug, churn some butter. Talk to a blacksmithing, a wood carver, a chair maker and more! Event is free. Food is for sale.
James Merrill House, Stonington
Tour the James Merrill House, former residence of James Ingram Merrill (1926-1995), who was the first poet laureate of Connecticut. The building and Merrill's apartment on the 3rd and 4th floors were designated a National Historic Landmark in 2016. The building remains much as Merrill left it and still conjures the poet's aura.
Joseph Carpenter Silversmith Shop, Norwich
Come to the Joseph Carpenter Silversmith Shop Museum for a free self-guided tour of one of the last frame tradesmen shops left in New England. See the original forge of the silversmith and learn about the busy social and commercial life around the Norwichtown Green.
Leffingwell House Museum, Norwich
The circa 1675 Leffingwell House Museum is offering a free self-guided tour of the main floor of the museum with its artifact displays from 11am-3pm. A full house tour is available for $8.
Lilywork Tile Studio, Old Lyme
Lilywork Studio will have a free studio tour and play in clay time! Take a sneak peak behind the scenes at our handmade tile studio and learn the variety of unique processes used to design, form and glaze decorative patterned and shaped tiles. Visitors will have the opportunity to get dirty pressing designs in clay.
Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London
Lyman Allyn Art Museum is pleased to offer free admission to all on CT Open House Day. Explore the museum's permanent collection exhibitions American Perspectives and Tiffany in New London, as well as our great summer shows Barkley L. Hendricks in New London and Small Wonders: Insects in Focus. Family centric exploration guides are free to pick up to help young learners enjoy the museum.
Mystic Dark Room, Stonington
Mystic Dark Room is an intimate show lounge offering unique entertainment experiences, accommodating its guests with all front row seating.
Up a winding staircase, past the iron and brass gates, guests escape into a chic metro-loft atmosphere, ornamented with leather couches, private tables, larger than life concert style sets, lighting and special effects.
This year's line-up includes a unique grown-up night out with Holiday Spectacular In November and December, Exposure evenings in February and March, and FLESH in March and April.
Guest are invited to BYOB, join us early at 6:30 to relax and unwind with wine, champagne, ale or brew or your non-alcoholic beverage of choice. (We supply wine openers and glasses)
Following all shows, the soire continues with intriguing interactions between guests and artists, our friendly cast that will gladly pose for souvenir photos following the show. As always we encourage you to take advantage of the dance floor and light show.
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Niantic Children's Museum, Niantic
Come play by the bay for a day! Connecticut residents get $2 off* regular admission for Visit CT Open House Day!
*with proof of residency
Norwich Heritage & Regional Visitors' Center, Norwich
The Norwich Heritage & Regional Visitors' Center will offer reproduction colonial toys for children and adults alike to play with while they learn about what it was like being a student in a one room schoolhouse.
Old Mystic History Center, Old Mystic
Formerly known as The Indian and Colonial Research Center, the Old Mystic History Center holds a robust collection of books, transcriptions, photographs, and original manuscripts on historical New London County people, places, and events, with a special emphasis on Southern New England Indigenous peoples. Come tour out facility located in an 1856 bank building in Old Mystic. Along with past exhibits, our research library and genealogical resources will be accessible to visitors all day.
Portersville Academy, Mystic
The Portersville Academy, built in 1839, will be open from 1-4pm. Visitors are welcome to see artifacts from the academy's past as a schoolhouse and district hall, as well as a display of historic photographs from three prominent Mystic photographers.
Stone Acres Farm / Yellow Farmhouse Education Center, Stonington
Stop by the Stone Acres Farmstand for a culinary demonstration and tasting between 10 - 11:30am and join us for a tour of the property from 11:30am - 12:00pm.
Tantaquidgeon Museum, Uncasville
The Tantaquidgeon Museum, founded in 1931, is the oldest Native American owned and operated museum in the United States. Celebrate Strawberry Thanksgiving at Tantaquidgeon Museum on June 10 from 10-2! This free event featuring Native American activities, crafts for the kids, and strawberry snacks to sample.
Thames River Heritage Park Harbor Cruise, New London - Groton
ONE RIVER. A THOUSAND STORIES. Come aboard Thames River Heritage Park's hop-on, hop-off harbor cruise/water taxi and witness history come alive. Visit the historic USS Nautilus, Fort Trumbull State Park, Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, New London Black Heritage Trail, authentic colonial houses and grist mill, Tiffany exhibit at Lyman Allyn Art Museum and more. Special harbor cruise fare $5 for CT Open House Day. #discoverthethames
Use Promo Code: 2023CTOHD for discounted fare.
Thomas Lee House, Niantic
The circa 1660 Thomas Lee House and the 1803 Little Boston School will be open for free tours. The barn has displays of early East Lyme including a mail wagon and a fire wagon. The house will offer a scavenger hunt for children and a "What Am I" table of artifacts for adults.
TreeTrails Adventures Mystic, Mystic
TreeTrails Adventures Mystic offers the excitement of treetop climbing with five Tree Trail courses for ages 7+ and a KidTrail course for ages 4-7. Guests navigate zip lines, suspended bridges, rope ladders and aerial challenges from beginner to expert. Get outside and experience the beauty of nature from up in the trees. 5 minutes from downtown Mystic. Mention VisitCT Open House Day when you check-in and receive a free pair of climbing gloves!
White Gate Farm, East Lyme
The White Gate farm stand will be offering organic produce, chickens and eggs as well as prepared foods, pastries, sourdough bread, flowers and local crafts. Hot pizza is served beginning at 11:30. Visitors can feed the lambs, laying hens and Cornish X chicks, and picnic on the farm's lawns. Our tractors (2 John Deeres & 2 Allys Chalmers Gs) will be out for inspection or climbing on. People are welcome to walk our growing fields, see the bee hives, or hike on trails in the woods. The first 15 new people spending $25+ in our stand will receive a free bag of our washed organic salad greens or similar item.
List of Connecticut Open House participants in Tolland County
Art & Garden Show (Holes in the Woods), Willington
Wall hung sculpted mirrored tree holes with adornments. Cottage garden in a natural setting, streams, a half acre pond, numerous wildflowers and approximately two miles of trails with ferns, moss, rocks, and mountain laurel that is on the "Pollinator Pathway".
Art & Garden Tour, Willington
Unique Sculptural Gourds (cut and painted; each an original piece of art): some functional (holders for pencils, eyeglasses, etc.), some decorative. I'll also be showing Birch paintings on textured paper, and Pyrography (wood-burning).
Art and Garden Tour, Storrs Mansfield
Scott and Ellie Rhoades will also be a part of the Northeast Connecticut Art and Garden Show on June 10th and 11th. The art studio and vegetable and flower gardens will be on exhibit. The yard also contains a pool, a fountain, fruit trees, rock cairns and stone arches. Plenty of easy parking and a beautiful nature preserve is available across the road. Many acrylic paintings on display.
Art and Garden Tour of Northeastern CT, Ashford, Coventry, Mansfield, Willington
Art and Garden Tour of Northeastern Connecticut, Saturday and Sunday, June 10 & 11, 10 am to 5 pm.
Visit nine professional artists' private gardens, many with additional guest artists. Bring your camera or sketch book. Find inspiration and discover treasures for your own gardens. Experience paintings, sculpture, pottery, woodwork, pyrography, photography, calligraphy, gourds, and other works of art. The gardens, which vary in style, include a woodland trail, acres of mountain laurel, two sculpture gardens, fountains, pools, a wildflower meadow, stone arches, paths, terraces and an abundance of flowers, shrubs, trees, fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Art work, much of it horticulturally inspired, will be available for purchase. Individuals, families and groups are welcome. This relaxing self-guided tour through Ashford, Coventry, Mansfield and Willington in the beautiful hills of northeastern Connecticut is free.
For more information and a map, please visit: ArtGardenCT.com
Arts Center East, Vernon
Come see the Academic Artists Association's 73rd Exhibition of Traditional Realism and make our paper flower craft - for all ages!
Atwood Farm Museum at Joshua's Trust, Mansfield
From noon to four, check out the farm buildings and exhibits of a mid 1800's farmstead. Ongoing demonstrations. Always free.
Barbara Timberman Watercolor Paintings, Coventry
Step into an enchanting world of colorful flowers, vegetables, berry bushes and herbs in this hillside cottage garden in Coventry. Host artist Barbara Timberman creates exuberant watercolor paintings and hand bound journals.
Barnyard Babies Farm Day at the Nellie McKnight Museum, Ellington
Visit live farm babies up close and personal, and explore the farm exhibit featuring the history of Ellington farming at the Nellie McKnight Museum 70 Main St. Ellington from 10am-2pm. The 1812 house museum featuring the 2023 exhibit, Crystal Lake Showcase, will also be open during the event.
Friends of Valley Falls "Heritage Center" Opening, Vernon
Visit the Grand Opening of the "Heritage Center" at Valley Falls Farm, 350 Valley Falls Rd, Vernon. Free tours of the historic stable, dairy barn, root cellar, piggery, ice house, cold cellar and manure shed tell the story of an early 20th century Gentleman's Farm. Check out the exhibited items that were used on the site. Twenty-three interpretive panels explore the history of the farm, it's former owners, and how they worked and played on the farm. Admission is free, come visit the most scenic spot in Vernon!
Friends of Valley Falls, Inc, Vernon
June 10, 2023 marks the opening of the Heritage Center at Valley Falls Farm! Come and take a tour of our scenic "Gentleman's Farm" buildings, telling the story of farming in Vernon in the early 20th century.
New England Civil War Museum, Vernon
Free Admission for kids and adults to the museum's timeline tour, following the experience of the average citizen-soldier during the American Civil War. The museum occupies the former meeting halls of the Grand Army of the Republic's Burpee Post No. 71, where Civil War veterans met after the war.
Strong Family Farm Open House & Tag Sale, Vernon
Strong Family Farm, Vernon's nonprofit community farm, will be opening its doors to a fun day at the farm from 10-2 featuring a flea market in our field, preview opening of our CT Grown and made farm store, and tours at 11 and 1 telling of the history of the farm and the future plans. The farm is located at 274 West St., Vernon, CT.
The William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs
The William Benton Museum offers free admission and an original art sticker to all who visit on CT Open House Day. The museum is located on UConn's beautiful campus and open from 1 to 4pm. Explore the museum's permanent collection exhibition, "Encounters with the Collection: Celebrating Art by Women", and "In/Out-Side" an exhibition exploring the meaning of being an insider or outsider. Pick up a family friendly scavenger hunt at the front desk to help you explore the exhibitions.
List of Connecticut Open House participants in Windham County
America Museum, Willimantic
Free admission, colonial apple pie making demonstration, free tea and coffee, open 1 to 5 p.m.
What's more American than Apple Pie?
Art Studios and Garden Tour, Ashford
Visit the Art Studios and Gardens at 49 Lakeview Drive in Ashford. Dan is an accomplished potter and his wife, Jane, is a fused glass artist. Both enjoy sharing their extensive gardens.
Barbara Lussier Gallery, Pomfret
Walk through gardens of peonies, iris and many others blooming and a display of Barbara Lussier's paintings on sale.
Gallery is located in beautiful Pomfret at Daffodil Hill Farm, 22 Harrisville Road, Pomfret CT. 06258
Brooklyn Meeting House of 1771, Brooklyn
Visit the restored colonial Meeting House, now 251 years old! Built as Brooklyn's second Congregational structure under the leadership of Israel Putnam, it became Connecticut's first Unitarian church in 1822. Under the ministry of Samuel J. May, it became a center of social reform, promoting temperance, peace, abolition, civil rights, equality, and better education. In 1871, it became the first Unitarian body to call a female minister, Celia Burleigh. Located at 7 Hartford Road and Canterbury Road. Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free admission.
Creamery Brook Bison, Brooklyn
Festival at the Farm from 12 to 4:30. Admission $5/person. Free parking. Food Trucks, Free Wagon Rides to see the bison all day, Donkey Rides, Craft Vendors, Balloons by Bella, Storyteller, Live Music. Enjoy the farm, see the bison, other animals and antique tractors.
Finnish American Heritage Society, Canterbury
The Finnish American Society and Museum will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tour the newly installed museum exhibits and authentic outdoor sauna. A variety of Finnish foods will be available for sampling.
Prudence Crandall Museum, Canterbury
The Prudence Crandall Museum will be open by timed guided tours only at 10 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3 pm. Admission is FREE on Open House Day, but tours are limited to 15 people per tour. Advance free tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite. For more information visit the museum website or email: [email protected].
The Mill Museum, Willimantic
The Mill Museum, (Windham Textile and History Museum) is located in the historic former headquarters of the American Thread Company of Willimantic, Connecticut. The Museum houses a museum, a library, and an archive. The Museum has various stories to tell. June 10 will have free admission to the Museum that day and tours for the public. Some other surprises are planned too, but you must visit to find out!
Westford Hill Distillers, Ashford
Experience New England's first craft distiller located on a scenic 200 acre property in the Last Green Valley. Selected by the Smithsonian to represent the craft distillation movement. Guests can reserve tours/tasting at 50% off with our master distiller or walk-in and enjoy craft cocktails on our patio. Picnic lunches welcome, no pets please.
Willow Tree Pottery Art and Garden Tour, Ashford
Willow Tree Pottery, 24 Bebbington Road
Set in an old hayfield, this is a welcoming old-fashioned country garden. There are arbors, informal hedges, stone benches, an armillary, and a Szalay hummingbird print on the corrugated kiln shed. You are invited to sit or meander from garden to garden.
Host Artist: Suzy Staubach, garden historian, writer and potter, makes sturdy yet elegant pottery including bowls, mugs, platters, casseroles, garden bells, tiny houses, finials, rain drums and more. Suzy is the author of A Garden Miscellany published by Timber Press.
Guest Artist: Barbara Katz, an award-winning ceramic artist, creates ceramic sculpture and pottery, including spirit houses, cat and kitten mummies, large vessels and other pieces for the home and garden.
Guest Artists: Gretchen Geromin and Lauren Merlo work as a team, collaborating on unique, handmade cutting boards and signs made from local wood. A meticulous craftsman, Lauren builds the boards from strips he glues together. Gretchen burns her original art onto each piece - birds, flowers, horses, frogs, dragons and fairies. Gretchen will create a "rock garden" with her painted rocks for the Tour.
Visitors recieve an amulet from Willow Tree Pottery for CT Open House Day.