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Museums for NEDV Kids


Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut
409 Main Street (Route 156), Niantic, CT
(860) 691-1111, E-mail:
Interactive, hands-on, museum. Nursery Rhyme Land for toddlers and Kidsville, an entire kids-size town where young imaginations soar. Discovery Room and outdoor Garden. Arts & crafts, a pipe organ, Benthic Submarine Exhibit, and many exhibits that change regularly.
Open: Tuesday-Saturday: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Fridays until 8 p.m. Sunday: 12 noon-4 p.m. Seven days per week from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Mondays during school vacations, e.g. Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President's Day, etc.
Closed: Easter, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. (Hours are subject to change slightly by season)

An interactive, hands-on, museum - engage in activites in the Arts, Sciences, Safety & Health, and Culture & History. Don't miss Nursery Rhyme Land for toddlers and Kidsville, an entire kids-size town where young imaginations soar. The Discovery Room and outdoor Garden will delight scientists ages 6 and up. Would-be builders may create wonders in the CAN-STRUCT building exhibit. There are also arts & crafts, a pipe organ, Benthic Submarine Exhibit, and many exhibits that change regularly!

Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street, Steamboat Dock, Essex, 860-767-8269
Located on the waterfront in historic Essex, the Connecticut River Museum is the perfect place to explore the heritage and experience the wonders of New England's Great River.
New Exhibits include: Launching Liberty: The Connecticut Valley in the American Revolution.
River Connections: Featuring highlights of the Museum's collections of art and artifacts.
Something's Fishy... at the Boat House: A new exhibit designed especially for families with younger children.
River WebCam: Enjoy the great water views of the Connecticut River from the River WebCam located on the grounds of the Connecticut River Museum.
Collections include: David Bushnell's American Turtle - The First Submarine, Folk Life Collections, Navigation Collection, Painting Collection, Dahlstrom Glass Plate Negative Collection, River Industries Collections and the Yachting Collection.
Hours: 10 AM-5 PM. Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Mondays

Connecticut State Museum of Natural History
University of Connecticut, Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, Connecticut Archaeology Center, 2019 Hillside Rd., Unit 1023, Storrs, CT 06269-1023
860-486-4460 Fax: 860-486-0827
Connecticut Native American, colonial and industrial artifacts. Documents over 11,000 years of Connecticut's past.

CosmicVoyage Museum
35 Reynolds Street, Waterbury, CT 06795 USA
Email:, Web site:
Virtual museum is 100% accessible to those who have imaginations and a sense of wonder!
Take a journey of wonder and exploration, a quest to seek the origins of ourselves and of our world! In theCosmic Voyage online museum you can learn about the birth and evolution of our majestic, mysterious cosmos . . . and discover the many ways in which you are connected to it!

Danbury Railway Museum
120 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810, 203-778-8337,
Experience the golden age of railroading at the Danbury Railway Museum. Beautifully restored 1903 station. Learn about the exciting role that railroads played in the development of the country through DRM's vintage collection of locomotives and cars, model train layouts, and interpretive exhibits of rare artifacts and photographs. Take a tour of the six-acre rail yard to see many different types of trains. From steam to diesel, from passenger to freight, the DRM has it all!
Open: November through March, Wednesday - Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM, Sunday 12 AM to 4 PM. Open April through October, Tuesday through Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM. Sun. 12 AM to 5 PM.

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Natural History Museum
109 Pequotsepos Road, P.O. Box 122, Mystic, CT 06355
(860) 536-1216,,
Explore the Nature Center's newly renovated indoor natural history exhibits. Woodland, wetland, and meadow displays depict southeastern Connecticut's unique habitats and wildlife, many of which can be found throughout our beautiful sanctuary. Hours: Year Round. Monday through Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM, Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM

Gov. Trumbull's War Office
149 West Town Street, Lebanon, Connecticut
During the American Revolution, the former store and office where Jonathan Trumbull conducted his mercantile business became the headquarters to plan the defense of the colony of Connecticut.
Hours: Open Memorial Day- Labor Day Sat/Sun Noon - 4 PM, by appointment, call 860-873-3399

The Lebanon Historical Society Museum
The Lebanon Historical Society Museum
856 Trumbull Highway, RT 87, PO Box 151, Lebanon, CT 06249
(On the Historic Lebanon Green just north of the intersections of Routes 87 and 207.)
Non profit organization that owns and operates two museums on the Lebanon Green. Current exhibitions at the LHS Museum include, Turning the Soil: The Land and People of Lebanon changing exhibitions, a library and research center, and visitor services. Public programs are also offered on a regular basis.
The Museum is open year-round, every Wednesday 9 AM-1PM, every Saturday 1PM-5PM and by appointment.

Dr. William Beaumont House
16 West Town Street, Lebanon, Ct, (860)642-6579
Open: 3rd Saturday in May thru Columbus Day weekend, Saturday afternoon 12 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and by appointment
The Dr. William Beaumont Birthplace, built in the 1750s, is the childhood home of the "Father of Gastric Physiology."

Leffingwell House Museum, c/o The Society of Norwich, Connecticut, Inc., P.O. Box 13, Norwich, CT 06360
Christopher Leffingwell House, Historic Museum is one of the finest restored examples of New England Colonial architecture and home of revolutionary patriot, merchant, and industrialist Christopher Leffingwell. By the mid 18th century what was built as a simple two room house in 1675 had evolved into an elegant home for one of Connecticut's most famous patriots.
The David Greenleaf House is currently being renovated.
Hours of Operation: Open 1-4 PM Saturday, Sunday. Season: April 15th to October 15th or by appointment. (Events)

Lutz Children's Museum
247 South Main Street, Manchester, CT 06040, 860-643-0949,
Not high-tech -- High touch! Dedicated to providing an enriching hands-on learning experience available for children. Exhibits to excite a child's imagination and tantalize their curiosity in a safe, fun, and nurturing environment.
The museum's home is a former schoolhouse. Gallery halls were once classrooms, and the school auditorium is now used for classes, parties, concerts and special events. Hours:Tuesday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM, Saturday & Sunday Noon - 5 PM

Mashantucket Pequot Museum
110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT, 800-411-9671
World's largest and most comprehensive Native American museum and research center -- from life-size walk-through dioramas that transport visitors into the past, to changing exhibits and live performances of contemporary arts and cultures. Four full acres of permanents exhibits depict 18,000 years of Native and natural history.
Hours: Open daily 10 am to 4 pm, last admission at 3 pm.
Closed: Thanksgiving Eve, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
Exhibit Galleries: A World of Ice, Arrival of the People, Life in a Cold Climate, The Changing Environment, Changing Lifeways, A Pequot Village, Pequot Daily Life, Arrival of the Europeans, Life on the Reservation I, Life on the Reservation II, Mashantucket Pequots Today
Native Lifeways: Baskets and Mats, Building a Wigwam, Clothing, Transportation, Fishing Tools & Techniques, Hunting Tools & Techniques, Early Agriculture, Harvesting Maize, Making a Meal, Making Ceramics
Society & Culture: Ancient Hunting Communities, A Family Group ca. 1500, The Early Fur Trade, Why the Europeans Came, The Impact of Disease, Aftermath of the Pequot War, Mashantucket Land Grant, Land Loss Begins, Natives and Christianity, Hold on to the Land, A New Generation of Leaders
The Natural World: Glaciers and the Land, Early Mammals of the Northeast, Mystery of the Megafauna, 17-14,000 Years Ago, 14-12,000 Years Ago, 12-10,000 Years Ago, 10-8,000 Years Ago, 8-4,000 Years Ago, 4,000-350 Years Ago, 350 Years Ago-Present, Mashantucket Today

Nature's Art & Dinosaur Crossing
1650 Route 85, Montville, CT 06370, 860-443-4367,
Escape the winter chills with a day of warm, indoor fun and education at Nature's Art. Dig for gemstones in Jackpot Mine, try your luck panning for "gold" in Thunder Creek, or join a team of junior paleontologists to unearth a dinosaur skeleton in the Bone Zone.
Visit the Geode Center and discover the wonders of Mother Nature revealed inside a cut geode. The whole family will love traveling back in geologic time while touring our Fossil Gallery - where you will see an array of fossils from trilobites to Triceratops along with our animated baby T-rex. Don't miss the opportunity to browse in our Mineral Room.
Encounter over 25 life-sized dinosaurs set amid 1½ miles of easy walking trails in Dinosaur Crossing
Outdoors: Hours: Open Daily 10am - 6pm, April 14 to October 29
Extended Hours 9am - 6pm Father’s Day to Labor Day, Weekends only in November, weather permitting.
Indoors School Year Hours: Open every weekend, plus holidays and school vacations, 10 AM to 5 PM.
Please call for off-season hours.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and Easter.

New England Air Museum
36 Perimeter Rd, Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks CT 06096
860-623-3305, Fax 860-627-2820, E-Mail
Open 7 days a week, year round, 10AM to 5PM, (Closed on Thanksgiving , Christmas, and New Year's Day. May also close due to inclement weather. CALL FIRST (860)-623-3305.)
Admission Prices: Adults (age 12 & up) $9, Children Ages 6-11 $5, Children Age 5 & under FREE, Seniors (age 60 & up) $8. Prices subject to change.

The New England Air Museum is dedicated to the teaching and preservation of aviation history and technology especially with regard to Connecticut's contributions. It is a museum where you can

Peabody Museum of Natural History
Yale University, P.O. Box 208118, New Haven, CT 06520-8118, 203.432.3775
Located in the Science Hill section of the Yale campus, at Whitney Avenue and Sachem Street, New Haven, Connecticut.
From Costa Rican gold to saber-toothed cats to the once mighty dinosaurs - you can find it all at the Peabody Museum of Natural History!
Hours: Monday - Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM, Sunday Noon to 5 PM

Shore Line Trolley Museum
17 River Street, East Haven, CT 06512, (203) 467-6927
The Shore Line Trolley Museum is the oldest operating trolley museum in the United States. The museum was incorporated in 1945 as the Branford Electric Railway Association, a non-profit historical and educational institution. Founded to preserve the unique heritage of an endangered species -- the trolley car Regular season begins in April (Sundays only until end of May). See CALENDAR.
Stay an hour, or stay a day! Fare is good on all streetcars for the entire day. Cars run frequently throughout the day.
The first car of the day departs at 10:30AM. Last car departs at 4:30PM.
The museum grounds are open 1/2 hour prior to the first car and 1/2 hour after the last car.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children
Mathews Park, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850, 203 899 0606
Inviting children to explore, imagine, create and discover new experiences every time they visit! Exhibits are designed for children ages 1 to 10, encourage hands-on exploration and discovery, incorporating the themes of Science & Technology, The Arts, Culture and Heritage.
Hours: Tuesday 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Wednesday – Sunday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Closed Mondays and Tuesday mornings to work exclusively with Schools.
Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
In the event of inclement weather, please check for delays/closings at 203 899 0606, ext. 353.

The Children's Museum
(Formerly the Science Center of Connecticut)
950 Trout Brook Drive, West Hartford, CT 06119, 860-231-2824,
Igniting Curiosity through science and nature. Discover the wonders of science and nature through unique, hands-on permanent and traveling exhibits at Conneticut's largest children's museum.
Featured traveling exhibits this year:
Color Play: The Art & Science of Color & Light – Jan. 13 – June 17, 2007; Team Up – June 30, 2007 – Jan. 1. 2008.

Among permanent attractions: United Technologies Wildlife Sanctuary with live, exotic animals from around the world, astronomy shows in the Gengras Planetarium, World Weather Window TV studio, KIDS Corner, IdeaZone, Conny the Whale, Foucault Pendulum, Explore Store and more! Also special programs and events.
Open: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM, Sunday Noon to 5 PM, Mon. 10 AM to 5 PM during school holidays and vacation weeks. Complete information on Admission and Hours.

USS Nautilus and Submarine Museum
1 Crystal Lake Road, Groton CT, 800-343-0079
World's finest collection of submarine artifacts. It is the only submarine museum operated by the United States Navy.
Traces the development of the "Silent Service" from David Bushnell's Turtle, used in the Revolutionary War, to the modern Los Angeles, Ohio, Seawolf and Virginia class submarines.
Tours of the NAUTILUS Submarine
Hours: Winter: Nov. 1 to Apr. 30, Daily 9 AM - 4 PM. Tues. - closed. Summer: May 1 to Oct. 31, Daily 9 AM - 5 PM., Tues. 1 PM - 5 PM. We will close on April 16th for maintenance. The museum reopens on April 23rd, and ship reopens on April 30th.
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

New Hampshire

St. Gaudens National Historic Site
139 Saint-Gaudens Road, Cornish, NH 03745, (603) 675-2175
Home, studios and gardens of Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), one of America's greatest sculptors.
The park exhibit buildings are now closed for the winter. Reopen Saturday, May 26, 2007. Open daily from 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. through October 31, 2007.

Shaker Museum
447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH 03748, (603) 632-4346
Founded in 1793, this village in Enfield NH was the 9th of 18 Shaker communities to be established in this country. At its peak in the mid 19th century, the community was home to three Families of Shakers. Here, Brothers, Sisters, and children lived, worked, and worshipped. Here, they practiced equality of the sexes and races, celibacy, pacifism, and communal ownership of property.
Hours: Friday - Saturday 10am-4pm, Sun 12pm-4pm


Montshire Museum of Science
One Montshire Road, Norwich, VT 05055, 802-649-2200
Hands-on museum located in Norwich, Vermont, offering dozens of exciting exhibits relating to the natural and physical sciences, ecology, and technology. Located on a 110-acre site near the Connecticut River. Science Park is a two-acre exhibit area in a beautiful, park-like setting. Network of easy-to-moderate walking trails for visitors of all ages and fitness levels.
The Montshire Museum is an official visitor center for the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.
Hours: 10 am to 5 pm. Seven days a week throughout the year except on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Years Day.

Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium
1302 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819, 802.748.2372
Northern New England's premiere museum of natural history. Significant and extensive examples of 19th century agricultural, industrial, and household life. Farm implements, tools of yesteryear, horse-drawn vehicles, household objects, toys and dolls, costumes and textiles, memorabilia, archival photographs, diaries, and records of community history.
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 9 AM - 5 PM, Sunday 1 - 5 PM, Open Mondays, 9 AM - 5 PM, April - October
Planetarium shows: September through June - Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 PM, July through August - 11 AM Monday through Friday, and at 1:30 PM everyday
Museum & Planetarium closed Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Easter, and July 4.

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