Did you enjoy all the free museum visits last summer? Well, there’s good news – CT Summer at the Museum is back in 2022!
That’s right – there are nearly 100 free museums in CT right now!
From July 1st through September 5th, admission to many museums, aquariums, and nature centers is totally FREE!
- Who can participate in the 2022 CT Summer at the Museum?
- CT Free Museums List for 2022
Who can participate in the 2022 CT Summer at the Museum?
Children in Connecticut ages 18 and under plus one accompanying adult (Connecticut resident) can visit the following museums for free through Connecticut Summer at the Museum program.
Here are the rules:
- Participating adults and kids must be residents of CT
- CT driver’s license or proof of residency may be required
- Some places on this list require advance online registration
- This program is geared toward families, not large groups, camps, or parties
CT Free Museums List for 2022
We’ve gone ahead and sorted the participating museums based on theme. This should help you figure out where you’d like to visit this summer.
Of course, there will be some overlap in themes. This should make it easier for you to pick a museum based on your child’s interests, though.
The following art museums in CT are free during the CT Summer at the Museum initiative for 2022.
- The William Benton Museum of Art – Storrs
- Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum – Ridgefield
- University of Saint Joseph Art Museum – West Hartford
- Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art – Hartford
- New Britain Museum of American Art – New Britain
- Lyman Allyn Art Museum – New London
- Lyme Art Association – Old Lyme
- Mystic Museum of Art – Mystic
- Mattatuck Museum – Waterbury
- cARTie – Shelton
- MoCA Westport – Westport
- American Mural Project – Winsted
- Real Art Ways – Hartford
Zoos & Aquariums
Taking very young children and toddlers to museums can be tough. Thankfully, CT Cummer at the Museum has some zoos and aquariums particiapting.
- Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center – Mystic
- Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo – Bridgeport
- Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk – Norwalk
- Mystic Aquarium – Mystic
Trolleys & Trains
Connecticut has some awesome railroad and trolley museums. A couple of them even offer rides on real antique trolleys!
- Connecticut Trolley Museum – East Windsor
- Danbury Railway Museum – Danbury
- Essex Steam Train & Riverboat – Essex
- Shore Line Trolley Museum – East Haven
- Railroad Museum of New England – Thomaston
There’s only one particiapting aviaton museum, but it’s a great museum. Kids get to climb into some pretty neat airplanes here.
- New England Air Museum – Windsor Locks
Farms & Gardens
If you’re looking to stroll around some natural spaces, these museums are great options.
- Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens – Stamford
- Earthplace – Westport
- Strong Family Farm – Vernon
- Auerfarm – Bloomfield
- Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden – Woodbury
- Dudley Farm Museum – Guilford
- Salisbury Association’s The Academy Building – Salisbury
- Harrybrooke Park – New Milford
Dinosaur State Park is not participating in this year’s CT Summer at the Museum program.
Fortunately, though, Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village is on the list!
- Nature’s Art Village – Oakdale
Science & Technology
If your kiddo is interested in science and technology, these museums are perfect for them!
- Connecticut Science Center, Hartford
- Sacred Heart University’s Discovery Science Center and Planetarium, Bridgeport
- Bruce Museum, Greenwich
- Eli Whitney Museum, Hamden
These children’s museums are all awesome and FREE! Perfect for rainy days, when you need something to do with the kids indoors.
- EverWonder Children’s Museum – Newtown
- Stepping Stones Museum for Children – Norwalk
- Lutz Children’s Museum -Manchester
- Children’s Museum – West Hartford
- Imagine Nation – Bristol
- KidsPlay Children’s Museum – Torrington
- Kidcity Children’s Museum – Middletown
- Niantic Children’s Museum – Niantic
- New Britain Youth Museum – New Britain
- Blue Slope Country Museum – Franklin
Military & War
If your child is interested in the military, these are great choices.
- Stratford Veterans Museum – Stratford
- New England Civil War Museum – Rockville
- Greater Middletown Military Museum – Middletown
- Memorial Military Museum – Bristol
Connecticut’s history includes major contributions from African-American people, as well as other minority populations.
These museums are great for showing history in accurate and inclusive ways.
- Prudence Crandall Museum – Canterbury
- America Museum – Willimantic
Seaport & Maritime
Connecticut’s waterways are a huge part of its history and culture. The free museums are great for learning about the history of our seaports.
- Norwalk Seaport Association – Norwalk
- Connecticut River Museum – Essex
- Mystic Seaport Museum – Mystic
- New London Maritime Society at Custom House Maritime Museum – New London
These historical museums are plentiful and free this summer. Most of the museums below showcase documents, homes, and artifacts specific to the history of a certain town.
- Connecticut Landmarks – Hartford
- Connecticut Historical Society – Hartford
- Norwalk Historical Society – Norwalk
- Windham Historical Society – Willimantic
- Finnish American Heritage Society – Canterbury
- Eastford Historical Societ – Eastford
- Strong-Porter Museum – Coventry
- Ellington Historical Society – Ellington
- Stonington Historical Society – Stonington
- Old Mystic History Center – Old Mystic
- Stamford Historical Society – Stamford
- Stratford Historical Society – Stratford
- Shelton History Center – Shelton
- Avon Historical Society – Avon
- Milford Historical Society – Milford
- Bristol Historical Society – Bristol
- Simsbury Historical Society – Simsbury
- Norwich Heritage & Regional Visitors’ Center – Norwich
- Wethersfield Historical Society – Wethersfield
- Bethany Historical Society – Bethany
- Farmington Historical Society – Farmington
- Essex Historical Society – Essex
- East Haddam Historical Society – East Haddam
- Haddam Historical Society – Haddam
- Middlesex County Historical Society – Middletown
- Fairfield Museum and History Center – Fairfield
- Greenwich Historical Society – Cos Cob
- Historical Society of Glastonbury – Glastonbury
- Windsor Historical Society – Windsor
- Litchfield Historical Society – Litchfield
- Keeler Tavern Museum – Ridgefield
- Lebanon Historical Society – Lebanon
- Guilford Keeping Society – Guilford
- Derby Historical Society – Ansonia
- Museum of Darien – Darien
- Amity and Woodbridge Historical Society – Woodbridge
- East Lyme Historical Society – Niantic
- Meriden Historical Society – Meriden
- North Haven Historical Society & Museums – North Haven
- Colchester Historical Society – Colchester
- Leffingwell House Museum – Norwich
- Florence Griswold Museum – Old Lyme
- Wallingford Historic Preservation Trust – Wallingford
- Stony Creek Museum – Branford
- Hamden Historical Society – Hamden
- New Haven Museum – New Haven
- Hyland House Museum – Guilford
- Henry Whitfield State Museum – Guilford
- Wood Memorial Library & Museum – South Windsor
- Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum – Wethersfield
- Westport Museum for History & Culture – Westport
- 1865 Pine Grove Schoolhouse – Avon
- Stanley-Whitman House – Farmington
- Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine – East Granby
- Hill-Stead Museum – Farmington
If your child is interested in how the government works, Connecticut’s Old State House is the perct museum for them.
- Connecticut’s Old State House – Hartford
There’s little more important than learning about this state’s original inhabitants!
- Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center – Mashantucket
- Institute for American Indian Studies – Washington
Unique & Novelty
- American Clock & Watch Museum – Bristol
- New England Carousel Museum – Bristol
- Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut – Windsor
- Connecticut Antique Machinery Association Museum – Kent
- Barker Character Comic and Cartoon Museum – Cheshire
- Joseph Carpenter Silversmith Shop – Norwich
- Florence Griswold Museum – Old Lyme
- Chester Museum at The Mill – Chester
- Palestine Museum US – Woodbridge
- Mark Twain House & Museum – Hartford
- Katharine Hepburn Museum – Old Saybrook
- Putnam Elms – Brooklyn
- Boothe Memorial Park and Museum – Stratford
- Danbury Museum – Danbury
- Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society – West Hartford
- Harriet Beecher Stowe Center – Hartford
- Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum – Norwalk
- Mather Homestead – Darien
- Barnes Museum – Southington
- Avery-Copp Museum – Groton
- Ward Heitmann House Museum – West Haven
- Eric Sloane Museum – Kent
- Windham Textile & History Museum – Willimantic
There you have it – the full list of free museums for the CT Summer at the Museum program!