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.
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!
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
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.
The Barnum Museum has three floors of absolutely fascinating exhibits that illustrate the extraordinary life of Phineas Taylor Barnum.
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.
Ride vintage streetcars through scenic woods and wetlands. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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.
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.
Offers a growing collection of paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and decorative art objects. Housed in Fairfield University’s signature building, Bellarmine Hall.
Collections in fine and decorative arts, natural science and anthropology, plus festivals, and education programs.
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.
The Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop is an experimental learning workshop for students, teachers, and families. Walk-in Projects available during open hours on
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.
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.
Nature Center and Museum located on the 4,000 acres White Memorial Foundation in Litchfield and Morris, Connecticut.
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.
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.
Adults (age 19 to 54) – $20
Seniors (55 & Older) – $15
Children (6-18) – $12
Children under 6 – Free
Whimsical, one-of-a-kind rooms filled with hands-on play and learning, for kids ages 1 to 8 and their grown-ups.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Play is serious business at Stepping Stones Museum for Children. Come see our simply amazing museum!
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!
118 woodland acres; includes New England working farm, hiking trails, picnic area, playground, boardwalk, galleries, interactive displays, special events, gift shop, planetarium and observatory.
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.
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.
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.
Largest aviation museum in the northeastern United States 80 aircraft featured in three display buildings, exhibits, children’s activities, films, gift shop.