Inspire Center

We are open until 8pm on Thursdays!

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What happens when an inventor’s home becomes a history museum? Using inspiration from Curtis Veeder, a Connecticut inventor, and the unique objects in the Connecticut Museum’s collection, the Inspire Center brings history and problem-solving together in this hands-on, creative space designed for visitors of all ages!

Objects on display in the Inspire Center show us how everyday problems were solved long ago. Look closely, get inspired, and work together to create your own solution to these age-old challenges. Can you improve the way we clean? The way we communicate? How about the way we get from one place to another? Using everyday household items, art supplies, and building blocks, you can draw blueprints for your invention and then build a prototype. With objects and themes changing monthly, you can enjoy unique experiences all year long! Curious about upcoming themes? Check out our upcoming events page for more information.

The Inspire Center is open weekends:
Saturdays from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Sundays from 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Free with museum admission
Sponsored by the Gawlicki Family Foundation

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One Elizabeth Street
Hartford CT, 06105



Museum Hours:

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

Research Center Hours:

Tuesday-Saturday 12pm-5pm, Thursday until 8pm
Always by appointment only.