Museums

places for kids ct

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.

 

Imagine Nation Children’s Museum 

One Pleasant Street
ScreenHunter_940 Mar. 15 11.46Bristol, 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

energy-exhibit_web2-2The 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  
recoveryinaction3Bridgeport, 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 info@barnum-museum.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
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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
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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
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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

ScreenHunter_945 Mar. 15 11.5467 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

ScreenHunter_946 Mar. 15 11.561073 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.

ScreenHunter_947 Mar. 15 11.57370 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.

ScreenHunter_948 Mar. 15 11.581 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.


ScreenHunter_949 Mar. 15 12.001 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  
ScreenHunter_950 Mar. 15 12.02Hamden, 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

ScreenHunter_951 Mar. 15 12.11250 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
ScreenHunter_952 Mar. 15 12.12Hartford, CT

Educational facility, tours and hands-on exhibits on solid waste management and recycling, including the “Temple of Trash;” adjacent to recycle center. And don’t forget to check out our unique line of sustainability-themed souvenirs in the Trash Museum Shop.

ADMISSION
$4 per person (free for under age 2).
351 Farmington Ave  
ScreenHunter_951 Mar. 15 12.19Hartford, 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.

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  
ScreenHunter_952 Mar. 15 12.20Litchfield, 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
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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  
ScreenHunter_953 Mar. 15 12.22Mashantucket, 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  
ScreenHunter_954 Mar. 15 12.23Middletown, CT 06457

Whimsical, one-of-a-kind rooms filled with hands-on play and learning, for kids ages 1 to 8 and their grown-ups.

ADMISSION
$8.00 – Adults and Children
Free – Infants (Under One Year)

30 High St  
New Britain, CT 06051

ScreenHunter_955 Mar. 15 12.27Non-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
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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

ScreenHunter_957 Mar. 15 12.29Head 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  
ScreenHunter_958 Mar. 15 12.29Niantic, 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
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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
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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
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118 woodland acres; includes New England working farm, hiking trails, picnic area, playground, boardwalk, galleries, interactive displays, special events, gift shop, planetarium and observatory.

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.

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
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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.

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
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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  
ScreenHunter_966 Mar. 15 12.36Windsor 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

 

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