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CT Museums are FREE again this Summer – 2022!

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!

image of barnum museum, a connecticut vacation spot for families.

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.

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.

Image of rhode island trolley at shoreline trolley museum in east haven ct.

Trolleys & Trains

Connecticut has some awesome railroad and trolley museums. A couple of them even offer rides on real antique trolleys!


There’s only one particiapting aviaton museum, but it’s a great museum. Kids get to climb into some pretty neat airplanes here.

Farms & Gardens

If you’re looking to stroll around some natural spaces, these museums are great options.


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!

Science & Technology

If your kiddo is interested in science and technology, these museums are perfect for them!

image of thomas the train toy.

Children’s Museums

These children’s museums are all awesome and FREE! Perfect for rainy days, when you need something to do with the kids indoors.

Military & War

If your child is interested in the military, these are great choices.

Civil Rights

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.

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.

image of seals at mystic aquarium, one of the fun things to do with toddlers in ct.

Local History

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.


If your child is interested in how the government works, Connecticut’s Old State House is the perct museum for them.

image of display at Mashantucket pequot museum in connecticut.

Native American

There’s little more important than learning about this state’s original inhabitants!

Unique & Novelty


image of katharine hepburn, the most famous person from connecticut.

Historical Figures


There you have it – the full list of free museums for the CT Summer at the Museum program!

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