Best Museums in Hartford

January 11, 2011 3:10 PM

Some of the best museums in Hartford contain no art at all. Instead, they contain a collection of the state’s history through science, manuscripts, artifacts and aviation. So whether you’re an adult or a young child, there’s something for everyone at these museums. — Stephanie Geary

The Connecticut Science Center

250 Columbus Blvd.
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 724-3623

One the best museums in Hartford, and a great place to take children, is the Connecticut Science Center. The science center has more than 150 hands-on exhibits, four educational labs and a 3-D digital theater. The center also offers daily programs for kids and adults of all ages. The center will teach you cool things about physics, forensics, geology and astronomy.

Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library

One Elizabeth St.
Hartford, CT 06105
(860) 236-5621

If you’re a history buff, the Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library is the best museum in Hartford for you. Founded in 1825, the Connecticut Historical Society has a pretty extensive collection including manuscripts, printed materials, artifacts and images that document the history of the state. Some of the ongoing tours include a tour through early Connecticut following the English settlers and Native Americans and a tour of the different inn and tavern signs from 1750 to 1850, which offer a glimpse into life at that time.

New England Air Museum

Bradley International Airport
36 Perimeter Rd.
Windsor Locks, CT 06096

The New England Air Museum is one of the best museums in Hartford. The air museum has one of the world’s best collections of historic aviation artifacts. The museum has more than 80 aircraft and a large collection of engines, instruments, aircraft parts, uniforms and memorabilia. Some of the most notable items in the museum’s collection include the last remaining four-engine American flying boat, a Sikorsky VS-44A, which was donated by actress Maureen O’Hara, and a B-29 Bomber.

Noah Webster House

227 South Main St.
West Hartford, CT 06107
(860) 521-5362

The Noah Webster House offers a great number of events free to the public, many of which cater to young children. The museum includes the historic Noah Webster House, the Visitor Reception Center and the Hamilton Gallery. The museum’s collection includes artwork, manuscripts, books and artifacts related to Noah Webster and the West Hartford community. In 2008, Noah Webster House launched a permanent exhibit called Noah Webster: Defining American. In 2009 a semipermanent exhibit, Noah’s Discovery Learning Space, was launched.

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The New England Carousel Museum

95 Riverside Ave. (Route 72)
Bristol, Conn. 06010
(860) 585-5411

The New England Carousel Museum will be a hit with both the adults and children in your family. The museum “acquires, restores and preserves” carousels. There are a number of exhibits and special events for both children and adults alike.

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