Connecticut Open House Day

Join us this Saturday, June 10th for a day-long, statewide celebration of everything that makes Connecticut great! Attractions, museums, galleries and organizations in towns and cities all across Hartford County and our state will be opening their doors and welcoming visitors with discounted or free admission, giveaways, special offers, hands-on activities for the kids and more. It’s a great way to discover or rediscover all that is happening in our state. Scroll below for events happening in our county!

Bloomfield:

Free tours from 11am until 3pm, visitors can tour the 1796 schoolhouse which was used until 1922. – Old Farm School

Bristol:

Free admission from 10am until 5pm. In collaboration with other Bristol venues, this year “Museum Magic;” visitors can make clocks and watch crafts with the theme of “The Magic of Clockmaking.” – American Clock & Watch Museum

Free admission from 10am until 4pm. In collaboration with other Bristol venues, this year “Museum Magic,” the Center’s “The Magic of Nature,” features nature activities including walks, crafts and live animals. – Barnes Nature Center

Free admission from 10am until 4pm. In collaboration with other Bristol venues, this year “Museum Magic;” the “Magic of the Past,” where visitors travel through the time period from 1860 to 1960. – Bristol Historical Society

Free admission for the first 100 visitors (provided by the City of Bristol), from 9:30am until 5pm. In collaboration with other Bristol venues, this year “Museum Magic,” the museum’s “The Magic of Light,” highlighting the magic of light, color and reflection.
– Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center 

Free admission from 10am until 4pm. Theme for the day, “Museum Magic: Magic of Time Travel;” with free donuts and coffee served from a World War I canteen with accompanying stories of Salvation Army “Donut Girls.” In addition, there will be children’s activities, drawing for prizes, scavenger hunt and more. Memorial Military Museum 

Free admission from 10am until 5pm. In collaboration with other Bristol venues, this year “Museum Magic,” museum’s “Let the Magic Touch the Child in You,” with rides on the carousel, tours, crafts, and more. – New England Carousel Museum

Burlington:

Open from Noon until 4pm. Visit with costumed interpreters in the Federal style tavern or try your hand at school lessons and games in the one room schoolhouse. – Elton Tavern & Center Schoolhouse

Canton:

From 9am until 1pm visitors receive half off rentals. – Collinsville Canoe & Kayak 

East Hartford:

Free prize drawing every half hour from 9am until 6pm. Prizes valued at $15 to $20 each, include flats of plants and vegetables, potted herbs, hanging baskets, and more. Must be present for drawing and limited one prize per customer. – Futtner’s Family Farm

Open from Noon until 7pm, offering free admission to first 100 visitors. – Glenbrooke Swim & Tennis Club 

Open from 1pm until 4pm, take the opportunity to visit this site which is rarely open to the public and offering a complimentary brochure on historic sites. – Huguenot House Museum 

East Windsor:

From 10am until 4:30pm, purchase one admission and receive the second admission free (higher price prevails). For Connecticut residents only, must show valid proof of residency. – Connecticut Trolley Museum 

Farmington:

Buy one admission ticket and get one free, from 10am until 4pm. – Hill-Stead Museum

Free admission from Noon until 4pm, along with complimentary refreshments. – Stanley-Whitman House 

Hartford:

Free admission from Noon until 4pm. – Butler-McCook House & Garden 

Free admission from 9am until 5pm. Offering “Secrets of the Veeder House Tours” at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., tours of the 1928 house not regularly accessible to the public. – Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library 

Free admission from noon until 4pm. – Connecticut’s Old State House 

Open from 10am until 5pm. After an 18 month interior renovation, the National Historic Landmark Stowe House reopens with a new interactive tour. On June 10, receive a discount on tour admission; enjoy horse drawn carriage rides, “meet” Harriet Beecher Stowe; children’s games, arts and crafts, food vendors and a cake in honor of Stowe’s 206th birthday. Tours free for Hartford residents. – Harriet Beecher Stowe Center 

Visitors can receive a 25% discount for the 2pm or the 8pm performances of George Bernard Shaw’s “Heartbreak House.” Use COMMUNITY25 online at www.hartfordstage.org or call the box office at (860) 527-5151. Not valid on previous purchases or SuperSavor seats. – Hartford Stage 

Free admission from 10am until 5pm. – Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art 

Kensington:

Free admission from 10am until 4:30pm. – New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park

Manchester:

Free admission from Noon until 5pm., with “Touch-a-Truck” where visitors can climb inside big trucks and heavy equipment. – Lutz Children’s Museum

New Britain:

Free admission from 10am until 5pm. – New Britain Museum of American Art

Newington:

Tour this historic farmhouse from 10am until 3pm with reduced admission. Also, garden tours and a Revolutionary War soldier presentation. – Deming-Young Farm

Plainville:

Open from Noon until 9pm. Offering special $8 per person for two games of bowling, rental shoes, and 18 holes of indoor mini golf. – Lessard Lanes Family Entertainment Center

Rocky Hill:

Free admission from 10am until 4pm. – Academy Hall Museum

Free admission from 9am until 4:30pm. – Dinosaur State Park 

Simsbury:

Home decor boutique located in historic building, offering from 9am until 4pm free tours of servant’s quarters and horse stables of the Darling Mansion. Complimentary refreshments. – In the House & Through the Garden 

Open for tours from noon until 4pm of the historic stable and carriage house now the Red Stone Pub. Get a $1 off coupons for draft beer (coupon available at the Simsbury Visitors Center, 749 Hopmeadow St.). – Red Stone Pub 

Open studio from 10am until 4pm, offering complimentary refreshments. – Selig Studio & Gallery 

Serving complimentary refreshments from 10am until 2pm, along with free genealogy assistance for researching your family tree. Bring in any research you may already have and let the experience genealogist help you. – Simsbury Free Library 

The Simsbury Public Library and Simsbury Historical Society celebrate Connecticut Open House Day with “Simsbury Joins the Revolution,“ with four events at the two locations. Begins at 10:30am, at the Public Library. “Militiamen, Evangelicals, and other Independent Thinkers: American Revolutions Come to Simsbury, 1740-1789,” learn the cultural, social and intellectural routes traveled by ordinary farmers and tradespeople of what are today’s towns of Simsbury, Granby, East Granby, Canton and Bloomfield. 11:45am, lunch on the grounds of the Simsbury Historical Society (rain location TBA). 12:30pm, guided tour of Revolutionary War soldiers’ graves at the Simsbury Cemetery. 1 p.m., be part of a 1775 town meeting at the Simsbury Historical Society. Simsbury Public Library The Simsbury Public Library and Simsbury Historical Society celebrate Connecticut Open House Day with “Simsbury Joins the Revolution,“ with four events at the two locations. Begins at 10:30am, at the Public Library. “Militiamen, Evangelicals, and other Independent Thinkers: American Revolutions Come to Simsbury, 1740-1789,” learn the cultural, social and intellectural routes traveled by ordinary farmers and tradespeople of what are today’s towns of Simsbury, Granby, East Granby, Canton and Bloomfield. 11:45am, lunch on the grounds of the Simsbury Historical Society (rain location TBA). 12:30pm guided tour of Revolutionary War soldiers’ graves at the Simsbury Cemetery. 1pm, be part of a 1775 town meeting at the Simsbury Historical Society. – Simsbury Historical Society 

Serving complimentary lemonade, cookies and coffee from 10am until 4pm. Guests receive three free postcards. – Simsbury Visitors Center 

South Windsor:

Open from 10am until 5pm offering visitors a buy one ticket, get one free. – Nomads Outdoor Adventure 

Open from 10am until 2pm. Celebrate the book launch of “Images of America, South Windsor,” written by the archivist, Claire Lobdell, accompanied by a exhibit that focuses on the history of South Windsor, along with wagon rides, special docent demonstrations and tours, and a scavenger hunt for children; light refreshments. – Wood Memorial Library & Museum 

Suffield:

Open from 10am until Noon. Walk the trails and see the Pollinator Garden and fruit orchard. – Hilltop Farm 

 Free admission from 10am until 4pm. – Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden

West Hartford:

Free admission from Noon until 4pm. – Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society 

Free admission from 9am. until 4pm. – Vintage HiFi Museum 

Wethersfield:

Open from 10am until 4pm., with half off regular priced admission. – Buttolph-Williams House 

Open from Noon until 4pm. Visit the Cove to learn the significance of the Red Onion trade, shipbuilding, privateers, fisheries and early yachts. – Cove Warehouse Maritime Museum 

Open from 10am until 2pm.; offering 50 free “build-a-bird-house” kits that can be assembled on site, along with live demonstrations, exhibits and crafts. – Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center 

Open from Noon until 4pm. Visit this historic home, rich in early 20th century features including original Rococo Revival wallpapers, painted ceilings and cornices, and furnishings and accessories. – Hurlbut-Dunham House 

Open from 10am until 4pm. The center is home to the Visitor’s Center for the Town of Wethersfield. View the two exhibits: “Castle on the Cove: The Connecticut State Prison and Wethersfield,” explores the evolution of the Connecticut State Prison system while it was in Wethersfield from 1827 to 1963; “Legendary People, Ordinary Lives” is also on display. – Keeney Memorial Cultural Center 

Free admission to the Webb House from 10am until 4pm – Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum 

Windsor:

Free admission from 10am until 4pm “Sundaes on Saturday,” enjoy an ice cream social (fee: $5). – Connecticut Valley Agricultural Museum 

Free admission from 10am until 5pm. – Vintage Radio & Communications Museum of Connecticut 

Free admission from 11am until 4pm. Step into the year of 1810 and be welcomed by Captain Nathaniel Howard, who shows you around the historic house, the Strong Howard House, from 1pm until 4pm. – Windsor Historical Society 

Windsor Locks:

Open from 10am until 5pm, offering 50% off on admission for Connecticut residents and must have valid ID. – New England Air Museum 

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