Inspire Center

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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 CHS’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!


The Inspire Center is open weekends beginning January 7, 2023:

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

Join us for the ribbon cutting celebration! January 8 at 12:30!

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Museum Hours:

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
Always by appointment only.


One Elizabeth Street
Hartford CT, 06105