Children’s museums are places where children learn through play and exploration in environments designed just for them. Reflecting their diverse communities, children’s museums create playful, interactive learning experiences. In an increasingly complex world, children’s museums provide a place where all kids can learn through play with the caring adults in their lives.
Here you’ll find a list of children’s museums to take your kids to in Connecticut. Just click on each particular link and it will send you to the museum’s website.
One Pleasant Street
Bristol, CT 06010
Explore a world of wonder and imagination at this hands-on interactive museum for children age 10 and under. The museum features an original, refurbished 1940s soda fountain that serves ice cream cones, sundaes and other treats. In the winter, we also serve hot cocoa! Admission is $10.00 per person. Infants under one are admitted free of charge. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
34 Riverside Drive,
Clinton, Connecticut 06413
Cedar Island Marina is full service family-owned business equipped with numerous amenities including: a service department, ship store, fuel dock, pool, jacuzzi, restaurant, laundry services, free internet and lounge for hosting parties and events.
At Cedar Island Marina, we provide our customers more than just a dock to tie up to. As the largest marina in Clinton Harbor and one of the largest in Connecticut, we pride ourselves on the fact that we offer our boaters an experience similar to a resort. Hours: Mon – Fri: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Sat: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Sun: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
4450 Park Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06604
The Discovery Museum is a hands-on, brains-on science and technology center featuring both permanent and traveling exhibits and the Henry B. duPont III Planetarium.
Admission: Child 2 and under FREE Ages 3-17, Student with I.D., Senior Citizen $8 Adults – $9.50
820 Main St
Bridgeport, CT 06604
The Barnum Museum has three floors of absolutely fascinating exhibits that illustrate the extraordinary life of Phineas Taylor Barnum.
Please note the historic Museum building is closed due to storm damage from the F1 tornado that struck Bridgeport on June 24th, 2010. Recovery in Action! is located in the People’s United Bank Gallery adjacent to the historic building.If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (203) 331-1104 x 100.Admission to Recovery in Action is free. Suggested donation amounts or nominal admission fees are charged for most programs; please refer to calendar of events for details.
120 White St
Danbury, CT 06810
The facility is integrated with the end of the Metro North line to Danbury. There is a mix of toy train exhibits and vintage railroad cars and at least one steam engine.The museum has several model trains that work. A lot of great information about trains and the rail yard in Danbury. There are may trains cars outside you can walk through. There is a mail car with information on how the US Postal Service used trains the deliver mail. GENERAL ADMISSION: Adults: $6 Seniors (62+): $5 Children 3 – 12: $4 Members & visitors under 3, free
17 River St
East Haven, CT 06512
Ride vintage streetcars through scenic woods and wetlands. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Tickets: Adult (Ages 16 – 61) $10.00 Child (Ages 2-15) $6.00 Senior (Ages 62+) $8.00
58 N Rd
East Windsor, CT 06088
Ride aboard authentic trolley cars, unlimited rides, 3 mile trip. Bertinuson Visitors Center complete with trolley related displays, pictures and restored trolley cars. History of trolley cars short film in theater & gift shop. CT Fire Museum with an extensive display of firefighting apparatus on the same grounds and included with admission to trolley museum. Ticket Prices: Adults $8.50 Youth (2-12 years) $5.50 Under age 2 Free Seniors (age 62+) $7.50
67 Main St
Essex, CT 06426
Discover New England’s great river. Climb aboard the world’s first submarine, experience the 1814 British raid on Essex, take a river cruise and get hands-on in history at historic Steamboat Dock. Admission Fees: Members – FREE Adults – $8.00 Seniors – $7.00 Children(6-12) – $5.00 Under age 6 – Free
1073 N Benson Rd
Fairfield, CT 06824
Offers a growing collection of paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and decorative art objects. Housed in Fairfield University’s signature building, Bellarmine Hall.
The BMA is open to the public and free of charge for individuals. Fees for special activities vary. Please consult their calendar for further information.
370 Beach Rd
Fairfield, CT 06824
Fairfield Museum and History Center is a museum and library focusing on the history of Fairfield, Connecticut and the greater Fairfield area. Admission: Free for Fairfield Museum Members. Adults: $5, Seniors: $3, Students (6-22): $3 Free for children age 5 and younger.
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT 06830
Collections in fine and decorative arts, natural science and anthropology, plus festivals, and education programs. Admission: Adults $7.00 Students (5-22 w/ valid ID) 6.00 Seniors (65 & up) $6.00 Museum members and children under 5 Free Free individual admission on Tuesday.
1 Crystal Lake Rd
Groton, CT 06340
Visitors can board the Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine and experience first hand what it was like to be a member of the crew. The museum documents the development of submarines, from David Bushnell’s Turtle, constructed in 1776 to the Navy’s moder submarines. There are working periscopes, mini-subs, a 71-seat theater, gift shop and a picnic area that has seating for up to 50 people. It is the Navy’s official submarine museum. Admission and park are free, and there is bus and RV parking. Reservations required for groups of 25 or more.
915 Whitney Ave
Hamden, CT 06517
The Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop is an experimental learning workshop for students, teachers, and families. Walk-in Projects available during open hours on
Saturday and Sunday. Memberships: $25 per year -Individual $45 per year – Family
250 Columbus Blvd
Hartford, CT 06103
The Connecticut Science Center, wih 150 hands-on exhibits, a state-of-the-art 3D digital theater, four educational labs, plus daily programs and events, offers endless exploration for every visitor. General Admission: Adult (18+) $19.00 Senior (65+) $16.50 Youth (4-17) $14.00 Movie admission is NOT included, but may be added.
211 Murphy Rd
351 Farmington Ave
Hartford, CT 06105
historic site that strives to give glimpse into Mark Twain’s life and times, as well as his work. They offer lots of contemporary programming that honors Twain’s legacies in humor, literature, satire, criticism, social commentary and more. Twain (Sam Clemens) lived there with his family for 20 years. Admission: Senior Citizens $14 (ages 65+) Adults $16 (ages 17 – 64) Children $10 (ages 6 – 16) Under 6 free! Museum only $5 Servants’ Wing Tour: $6 adults -$4 children ($4 if purchased with the Main House Tour)
80 Whitehall Rd
Litchfield, CT 06759
Nature Center and Museum located on the 4,000 acres White Memorial Foundation in Litchfield and Morris, Connecticut.
ADMISSION TO THE MUSEUM: Adults: $6.00 Children Ages 6 – 12: $3.00 Children Under 6 years: Free Members: Free
247 S Main St
Manchester, CT 06040
Every visit is exciting because the exhibits change frequently and special programs are offered daily. Most exhibits and activities are designed for children aged two through ten and their families. ADMISSION: $6.00 – Adults and Children Free – Members and Infants (Under One Year)
110 Pequot Trail
Mashantucket, CT 06338
The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center Offers engaging experiences for all ages, from life-size walk-through dioramas that transport visitors into the past, to changing exhibits and live performances of contemporary arts and culture. Admissions: Adults (age 19 to 54) – $20 Seniors (55 & Older) – $15 Children (6-18) – $12 Children under 6 – Free
119 Washington St
Middletown, CT 06457
ADMISSION: $8.00 – Adults and Children Free – Infants (Under One Year)
30 High St
New Britain, CT 06051
Non-profit educational facility with animal exhibits and nature to explore all around. Natural science programs and classes for children are held throughout the school year. A number of special events for the public are also held all year. Inside, animals, such as ferrets, exotic birds, snakes, fish and more, are exhibited. Outside, you will find the barnyard animals, such as goats, ducks, geese, wild turkeys, chickens and owls. Some of the animals were rescued and need rehabilitation. The museum is open to the public, and you are able to take self-guided tours around the museum and nature trail. Admission: FREE
22 Wall St
New Haven, CT
Interactive, innovative and inclusive museum with hands-on exhibits, observation bee hive, the Great Green Room from Goodnight Moon, and a post office. The Connecticut Children’s Museum building houses three programs, interwoven in purpose and philosophy: Creating Kids Child Care Center, Creating Curriculum Child Care Provider Training Program and the Connecticut Children’s Museum itself. Each is inspired by the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, articulated by Harvard psychologist, Howard Gardner. This is a rich and resourceful, cutting edge educational theory, which recognizes the multiplicity of children’s intelligences and honors the different ways children learn. Admission: $7.50
170 Whitney Ave
New Haven, CT 06511
Head to the third floor and work your way down. Up at the top are dioramas with stuffed animals in various environments: bighorn sheep, Alaskan brown bears, bison, and musk oxen. On the same floor is a small but illuminating collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts. The second floor doesn’t hold much of general interest, but down on the first is a “bestiary” of large stuffed animals, which leads logically into the Great Hall of Dinosaurs. Guided tours are offered Saturday and Sunday at noon and 1pm. Admission Fees: $9.00 Adults $8.00 Senior citizens 65 years and over $5.00 Children ages 3 through 18, College students with ID $4.00 Group admission* The museum offers free individual admission on Thursday afternoons from 2:00 to 5:00 pm during the months of September to June. Groups of 8 or more require advance reservations.
409 Main St
Niantic, CT 06357
Hands-on interactive museum for children ages one to 12. Indoor and outdoor exhibits and programs cover the science, arts, literacy, culture, history, safety, health. Live critters. ADMISSION* Children (from age 1) and adults = $7 per person
303 West Ave
Norwalk, CT 06850
Play is serious business at Stepping Stones Museum for Children. Come see our simply amazing museum!
Admission: Adults $15 Children $15 Children under 1 FREE Seniors (over 62) $10 Members FREE Get Into It! FREE Free admission the first Thursday of every month 5:00 – 8:00 pm
96 Lyme St
Old Lyme, CT 06371
At the Florence Griswold House, ask for a Scavenger Hunt sheet, with a list of objects to find in each room. The objects tell the story of the Museum so families can learn about the famous artists who lived in the house over one hundred years ago. Return the sheet to the front desk for a prize! ADMISSION: $10 Adults $9 Seniors $8 Students Free to visitors 12 and under
39 Scofieldtown Rd
Stamford, CT 06903
118 woodland acres; includes New England working farm, hiking trails, picnic area, playground, boardwalk, galleries, interactive displays, special events, gift shop, planetarium and observatory. Admission: Adults: $10 Seniors (65+): $8 Students (18+): $6 (with valid ID) Children (4-17) $5 Members – Free Children 3 and under: Free Those holding bus passes or bus transfer tickets are admitted free.
75 Greenmanville Ave
Mystic, CT 06355
The Museum Of America And The Sea Founded in 1929, Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum featuring tall ships, historic landmarks, a re-created 19th-century village, exhibits, a planetarium and a maritime art gallery. Admission: Adult (18-64)$24 Senior (65 +)$22 Youth (6-17)$15 College Student, w/ID $22 Children (5 and under) Free!
950 Trout Brook Drive
West Hartford, Connecticut 06119
The Children’s Museum offers over 100 live animals, hands-on science and nature exhibits, out-of-this-world digital planetarium shows, and educational programs for children, families and groups. Admssion: Adults $14.75 (Regular Planetarium Show Included) Children (2-12) $13.75 (Under Age 2 Free) (Regular Planetarium Show Included) Seniors (63+) $13.75 (Regular Planetarium Show Included) Members of The Children’s Museum Free General Admission (Regular Planetarium Show Included) Premium Planetarium Show $3.50 With Paid and TCM Member Admission
10 Woodside Ln
Westport, CT 06880
Earthplace maintains a 62 acre wildlife sanctuary with trails, contains an interactive natural history museum, houses live wildlife for public viewing and hosts many public nature programs and events. Other activities include a state-licensed preschool and summer camp, a wildlife rehabilitation program, and the Harbor Watch/River Watch water quality testing program. Admission: $7 adults & children over 12 $5 children 1-12 yrs & seniors Members free Grounds Open Daily 7 AM – Dusk Admission to grounds free
36 Perimeter Rd
Windsor Locks, CT 06096
Largest aviation museum in the northeastern United States 80 aircraft featured in three display buildings, exhibits, children’s activities, films, gift shop. Admission: Adults 12 & Up $12.00 Children 4-11 $6.50 3 & Under Free Seniors 65 & Up $11.00