Art exhibitions at The Aldrich challenge visitors to shift their perspectives and re-think their definitions of art. Our shows usually feature significant work by emerging and mid-career artists, though we occasionally present important works by widely-known, established artists as well. We aspire to provide a vital cultural resource for our community, with special attention to developing world-class, innovative museum education programs.
Art, Children's, Culture, Library, Specialized
The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry is one of America’s hidden treasures—a superb collection of over 2,500 puppets from all over the world; an archive of books, manuscripts, posters, drawings, audio-visual materials and photographs all covering the history of puppetry. It is also the new home of the Puppeteers of America’s Audio-Visual Collection: the largest collection of videotapes, films, and other media about puppetry in the United States.
Children's, Culture, History, Historic House, Historical Society, Library
At the Fairfield Museum, visitors enjoy engaging art and history exhibitions ranging from Connecticut’s colonial roots to 375 years of regional history. Programs and fun activities for families and youth include the Holiday Express Train Show, Family Days, Scavenger Hunts, Vacation Camps, the Halloween Spooky Stroll and Interactive Walking Tours exploring the Town Green Campus.
Culture, General, History, Historic House, Historical Society, Library
The Hamden Historical Society sponsors our room known as the Hamden History Room. The collection in the room is known as the Hamden Historical Society Library. Its purpose is to collect, preserve, and make available historical materials relating directly and significantly to Hamden. This Historical Society Library, inaugurated in 1984, provides a safe, central place to research Hamden’s past. It is the only facility in Hamden dedicated for these purposes.
Art, Culture, University
Founded in 1990, the Walsh Art Gallery is housed in Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The Gallery mounts up to four temporary exhibitions every year, all of which are complemented by a rich array of programming that is carefully designed to facilitate intellectual inquiry, foster personal growth, open new cultural vistas, and nurture individual development.
Culture, History, Historic House, Historical Society, Library
The Thomaston's Historical Society's museum is located on Level 6 of the Town Hall, 158 Main Street. Our collection on display in the Shirley G. Wassong Exhibit Room, includes farm tools, clothing, home furnishings, and antique clocks. Thomaston was the home of the well-known Seth Thomas Clock Company, whose founder, Seth Thomas, began manufacturing clocks in 1813. The museum's display features his nightstand, a portrait, and a painting by Lena Morton of this Main Street house.