Yale University Art Gallery
One of the oldest college art museums in the world, the gallery was founded in 1832 when patriot-artist John Trumbull gave over 100 of his paintings to Yale College. Trumbull’s original paintings of the American Revolution are now joined by an encyclopedic collection of objects that range from ancient times to the present day and represent civilizations from around the globe.
Special events include a weekly series for teens; storytelling for children; in-depth lecture series on artists and art; thematic, guided tours; and groundbreaking discussion programs.View Yale University Art Gallery
Weir Farm National Historical Park
The only National Park dedicated to American Impressionism was home to three generations of artists including Julian Alden Weir, a leading figure in 19th century art and America’s most beloved Impressionist. Weir described his home as the “Great Good Place.” Weir’s farm is a national legacy to American Impressionism, the creative spirit, and historic preservation.
Today the 68-acre park, which includes the Weir House, Weir and Young Studios, barns, gardens, and Weir Pond, welcomes everyone to experience the power of creating art in nature. Seasonal offerings include yoga in the garden, painting, pond hikes, wellness walks and more.View Weir Farm National Historical Park
Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Visitors to the Stamford Museum & Nature Center can enjoy a picnic on the meadow, walk more than 80 acres of nature trails, visit Heckscher Farm and say hello to the farm animals, and stop into the Stamford Museum Galleries to view rotating exhibitions. Special events include culinary offerings, family farm and forest adventures, paint nights and musical performances.
The center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art and popular culture, natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The center seeks to inspire creativity, foster self- discovery, promote environmental stewardship, and nurture an appreciation for lifelong learning through exhibitions, educational programs, and special events that enhance the visitor’s experience of this unique site.
Slater Memorial Museum
Located on the historic campus of Norwich Free Academy, Slater Memorial Museum features a global collection of artwork and objects and several permanent galleries focusing on the art history of civilizations spanning thousands of years.
The museum also features a gift shop and select juried exhibitions and special exhibits in designated mediums throughout the year.
Highlights include a unique, world-renowned and breathtaking plaster cast collection; a gallery dedicated to African art; and works by notable Norwich and Connecticut artists throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.View Slater Memorial Museum
Silvermine Arts Center
Silvermine Arts Center, one of the oldest artist communities in the United States, is the preeminent visual arts center in Fairfield County. For 100 years, Silvermine has been a gathering place for artists and art lovers to enjoy and learn about the arts.
The four-acre campus encompasses an award-winning School of Art; a nationally renowned guild of professional artists; a permanent collection of original prints; an outdoor Sculpture Walk and a complex of five galleries with free admission, presenting exhibitions by emerging and established artists.
Educational offerings include jewelry, photography, sculpture, ceramics, painting, woodworking, drawing, printing and glassmaking. The center’s Outreach Programs provide arts education and enrichment in under-resourced Norwalk, Bridgeport and Stamford schools.View Silvermine Arts Center
This vibrant destination in the heart of downtown Waterbury’s architectural district hosts numerous changing exhibitions each year as well as a permanent collection, featuring 300 years of work by American giants including John Trumbull, Erastus Salisbury Field, Frederic Church, John Frederick Kensett, Kay Sage, Arshile Gorky, Yves Tanguy, Peter Poskas, Abe Ajay and Alexander Calder.
‘The Matt’ is also home to the Waterbury Button Gallery of 10,000 buttons from all over the world. These miniature works of art have been made in a variety of materials, including glass, porcelain, pearl, metal, bone, paste, wood and jade. The museum hosts a robust calendar of events, including tai-chi, lunch and learn series, homeschool and family activities, open crafting and organized excursions.View Mattatuck Museum
Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Located just off I-95, Exit 83, the Lyman Allyn Art Museum has enjoyed celebrating the arts with visitors for almost a century. Featuring particularly strong collections of American paintings and decorative arts, the museum also presents a wide range of changing exhibitions and programs throughout the year.
The historic grounds include a sculpture trail which is surrounded by 12 rolling acres of gardens and lawns. The grounds are open to the public for walking and picnicking. The museum’s free first Saturdays are popular with families, and include hands-on arts and science activities. On the first Thursday of every month, adult visitors can enjoy an upscale creative session, with drinks and light bites.View Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Hill-Stead Museum is noted for its 1901 33,000-square-foot house filled with art and antiques. Pioneering female architect Theodate Pope Riddle designed the Colonial Revival-style house, set on 150 hilltop acres, to showcase the Impressionist masterpieces amassed by her father, Cleveland iron industrialist Alfred A. Pope.
Collections in 19 intact rooms include original furnishings, paintings, and numerous art works. The c. 1920 sunken garden is the centerpiece of the grounds; while three miles of walking trails treat visitors to beautiful habitats and a variety of native pollinators, birds, ponds, meadows, forest, and foliage. Special events include gala dinners, a May Market, Sunken Poetry Festival, and multicultural music, dance and theater performances.View Hill-Stead Museum
Greenwich Historical Society / Bush-Holley House Museum
The circa 1730 National Historic Landmark Bush-Holley House survived the American Revolution and became the site of CT’s first American Impressionist art colony from 1890 to 1920, where influential artists including Childe Hassam and John Henry Twachtman lived and worked.
This exciting reimagined campus includes beautiful museum galleries, library and archives, museum store, and landscape and gardens restored to the period of the Cos Cob Art Colony. Greenwich Historical Society preserves and interprets the history of this vibrant, globally influential community through exhibitions and engaging lectures, programs, and events.View Greenwich Historical Society / Bush-Holley House Museum
Florence Griswold Museum
The recipient of a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, the Florence Griswold Museum has been called “Giverny in Connecticut” by the Wall Street Journal, and a “must-see” by the Boston Globe.
In addition to the historic Florence Griswold House, the Museum features a gallery for changing art exhibitions, education and landscape centers, an artist’s studio, twelve acres along the Lieutenant River featuring the Robert F. Schumann Artists’ Trail, and historic gardens. Special offerings include a seasonal cafe with scenic outdoor seating, curated gift shop, art camps for kids, Art Bar for adults, holiday programs and festivals.View Florence Griswold Museum