A National Historic Landmark and a official project for Save America’s Treasures, Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, Connecticut, is a stop on the Connecticut Art Trail and a member of Connecticut’s Historic Gardens. Hill-Stead is noted for its 1901, 33,000-square-foot house filled with art and antiques.
It was the first institution in the country to start collecting American Art. Today, the New Britain Museum of American Art has over 11,000 works in its collection. From John Trumbull’s colonial portraiture, to today’s NEW/NOW Artists, the museum is a must-see in New Britain.
This small but resilient community was a difference maker, fending off British ships from its harbor in 1814 in a tide-turning battle. Today, the memory of its early nation heroics is remembered in its Old Lighthouse Museum, cared for by the Stonington Historical Society.
The Connecticut Science Center is the state’s premier science museum, home to 150 different exhibits. The mission is to educate and inspire with a hands-on approach to kids of all ages. In the words of program director Hank Gruner, “we are never too old too learn.”
The Goodspeed Opera House was built in 1876 by William Goodspeed for his shipping and banking business and to provide a venue for his love of theatre. The opera house opened on October 24, 1877, with the comedy Charles II and the farces Box And Cox and Turn Him Out.