Our Collection

Discover Connecticut History


Our Collection

Discover Connecticut History

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The Connecticut Historical Society collection includes more than 265,000 artifacts and images, over 3.5 million manuscripts, and over 125,000 books and pamphlets dating from the 1600s to today. The items included here give you just a taste of the millions of stories that our collection tells.

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Current Exhibitions

Permanent Exhibit Dec 31, 2023

Making Connecticut

Don’t miss this exhibit 400+ years in the making! Colorful, interactive, and filled with more than 500 historic objects, images, and documents, Making Connecticut…

Permanent Exhibit Dec 31, 2023

Inn & Tavern Signs of Connecticut

Between 1750 and 1850, there were more than 50,000 inn and tavern signs produced by American painters, creating a distinct visual language and offering…

November 12, 2021- October 16, 2022 Oct 16, 2022

Common Struggle, Individual Experience: An Exhibition About Mental Health Presented by Hartford HealthCare Institute of Living

Understanding how people have struggled with mental health throughout history helps us support ourselves and each other today. This exhibition explores how society has…

May 5, 2022- August 28, 2022 May 5, 2022 - August 28, 2022

Hamilton Heroes and Villains

Whether you're singing along with the Schuyler sisters or only had a brief introduction to the Revolutionary War back in school, you won’t want…

April 22, 2022- August 28, 2022 Apr 22, 2022 - August 28, 2022

Formative: Frederick Law Olmsted in Connecticut

Formative: Frederick Law Olmsted in Connecticut This April marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Although his…

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Tuesday-Friday 12pm-5pm, Thursday nights until 8pm
Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm

Research Center Hours:

Tuesday-Saturday 12pm-5pm, Thursday nights until 8pm
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