current exhibitions

  • Aug 10, 2017 - Sep 30, 2017
    Victorian Fashion Crosses the Pond, 1840-1900

    Long before Queen Victoria inspired a television series, she inspired what women in Connecticut considered fashionable.

  • Apr 28, 2017 - Oct 21, 2017
    Language, Culture, Communities: 200 Years of Impact by the American School for the Deaf

    In 1817, the American School for the Deaf (ASD) established the first permanent school for the deaf in the United States. It created a new standardized language—American Sign Language—resulting in a deaf community and culture that continues to advance equality.

  • Curtis Veeder
     
    Veeder Living Room

    The Connecticut Historical Society is located in a Colonial Revival mansion originally owned by inventor Curtis Veeder.

  • CHS Making Connecticut Exhibit
     
    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 is the story of all the people of Connecticut, from the 1500s through today.

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    Inn & Tavern Signs of Connecticut

    The Connecticut Historical Society’s collection numbering more than 60 signs is by far the largest and most spectacular in the country.

upcoming exhibitions

  • Nov 10, 2017 - Apr 28, 2018
    That’s Weird

    “Weird” objects can have surprising and unique histories if you take a second look.

  • Oct 13, 2017 - Jan 6, 2018
    Visions/Revisions: The Print Transformed

    This exhibition features two works from each of the 25 participating artists based on a common theme or subject of the artist’s choice.

online exhibitions

  • CT Historical Society Wants Your Connecticut-Defining Objects
    Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories Online Gallery

    What defines Connecticut? See the suggestions made by people from across the state.

  • Downtown Hartford Walking Tour

    A mobile walking tour app helps visitors of downtown Hartford explore their surroundings. The app features buildings constructed in the “fourth build” and their impact on how much Hartford has changed.

  • Collection Highlights

    The CHS collection has more than 265,000 artifacts & images, over 3.5 million manuscripts, & over 125,000 books & pamphlets dating from the 1600s to today.

  • Remembering G. Fox & Co.
    Remembering G. Fox & Co.

    Once America’s largest privately-owned department store, G. Fox & Co. operated in downtown Hartford, Connecticut, from 1847 until 1993.

past exhibitions

  • May 9, 2017 - Jul 8, 2017
    Connecticut’s Founding Documents

    On view are early documents instrumental in the formation of a new type of government in the 1600s.

  • Mar 17, 2017 - May 6, 2017
    Connecticut Colonial Currency

    Featuring 39 pieces of paper currency, Connecticut Colonial Currency highlights the rare Connecticut currency in the CHS collection.

  • Mar 21, 2017 - May 6, 2017
    Sisu and Creativity: Finnish Cultural Heritage in Connecticut

    The CHS and the Finnish American Heritage Society of Canterbury will present an exhibit of Finnish history in Connecticut.

  • May 22, 2017 - Aug 5, 2017
    A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture

    A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture is a commemorative poster exhibit celebrating the opening of the Smithsonian’s newest museum.

  • Jan 19, 2017 - Mar 4, 2017
    Connecticut Dances – A Visual History

    This exhibition, designed and produced by the Connecticut Dance Alliance, brings to life the valuable contribution of dance to the cultural vitality of Connecticut.

  • Aug 11, 2016 - Nov 4, 2016
    Connecticut Traditional Artists and Their Communities

    In 2016, the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program (CCHAP) at the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) marks 25 years of documenting the state’s diverse cultural traditions and sharing the artistic creations and community cultural practices of folk artists living here.

  • Nov 11, 2016 - Mar 25, 2017
    Connecticut Innovates!

    Innovate.The word is used to describe the creation of new ideas, new concepts, new things – but is something innovative just because it is new, or because it changes society?

  • Aug 18, 2016 - Oct 1, 2016
    Mas: Costumes from Hartford’s West Indian Community

    Mas: Costumes from Hartford’s West Indian Community exhibit showcases Trinidad-style carnival costumes (Mas) made by Hartford teens during a summer 2016 Mas Camp, the sixth year of a collaboration of CHAP and the Connecticut International Cultural Carnival Association (CICCA) under the direction of Linford “Junior” Miller.

  • Oct 13, 2016 - Jan 14, 2017
    The Sole of Connecticut: A History of Connecticut Shoes

    Shoes have stories to tell. They reveal early crafting techniques and the enterprise of shoemaking, from materials, methods, artistry, and manufacturers to maintenance and repair.

  • Jun 21, 2016 - Aug 6, 2016
    Girl Scouts of Connecticut

    The CHS is partnering with the Girl Scouts of Connecticut to create an exhibit about the history of the organization as they celebrate the Centennial Anniversary of the Gold Award.

  • Mar 30, 2016 - Jun 25, 2016
    Early Copper Coins of Connecticut

    The exhibit features authentic 18th century coins and also reproductions and counterfeit coins to show educate the public on the range of existing coins.

  • Mar 8, 2016 - Jun 25, 2016
    The Sole of Connecticut

    Featuring over 30 pairs ranging from the early republic to the contemporary.

  • Mar 18, 2016 - Jun 11, 2016
    Clocks: Objects of Art, Keepers of Time

    To coincide with the 2016 Connecticut Spring Antique show, the CHS is organizing a display of shelf clocks from its collection.

  • John Warner Barber Drawing of Woodstock and Church. Reproduction from the original in the CHS collection.
    Nov 17, 2015 - Jan 16, 2016
    The First Congregational Church of Woodstock Celebrates 325 Years: 1690-2015

    The story begins before the establishment of the church, when the land was inhabited by the Wabbaquassets and John Eliot came to preach.

  • Feb 5, 2016 - Mar 12, 2016
    Connecticut Captured: A 21st Century Look at an American Classic

    Carol M. Highsmith has been taking photographs for more than 35 years and has been called “America’s Photographer.”

  • Jan 26, 2016 - Apr 30, 2016
    Beatrice Fox Auerbach: The Woman, Her World & Her Wardrobe

    Beatrice Fox Auerbach (1887-1968) is one of the most famous women in Connecticut history. Mention her or the G. Fox & Co. department store to anyone over 40 who grew up in Connecticut, and you’re bound to hear a personal story or recollection.

  • downton abbey exhibit
    Dec 4, 2015 - Jan 30, 2016
    From High Collars to Bee’s Knees: The Downton Abbey Era In Connecticut

    This exhibit explores the fashion trends that reflected the tumultuous social events occurring in the early Twentieth Century in Connecticut.

  • Oct 23, 2015 - Nov 28, 2015
    Drawn And Cornered: 35 Years Of Englehart Cartoons

    Bob Englehart’s editorial cartoons have been appearing on the pages of the Hartford Courant for the past 35 years. He began mastering his craft for newspapers in Chicago and Dayton, Ohio, where he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in the Editorial Cartoon category in 1979.

  • Aug 28, 2015 - Oct 10, 2015
    Mas: Costumes from Hartford’s West Indian Community

    Mas: Costumes from Hartford’s West Indian Community exhibit showcases Trinidad-style carnival costumes (Mas) made by Hartford teens during a summer 2015 Mas Camp, the fifth year of a collaboration of CHAP and the Connecticut International Cultural Carnival Association (CICCA) under the direction of Linford “Junior” Miller.

  • May 24, 2016 - Oct 15, 2016
    Growing Up in Connecticut

    “What was it like when you were a kid?” The Connecticut Historical Society is collecting objects and stories about growing up in Connecticut.

  • Apr 10, 2015 - Jun 20, 2015
    Connecticut Mourns Lincoln

    One hundred fifty years ago on April 14—five days after Confederacy general Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House, ending the Civil War—the unthinkable happened.

  • Mar 21, 2015 - Aug 15, 2015
    Connecticut Decorative Arts: Masterpieces from the CHS Collection

    This exhibit features decorative arts highlights from the collection, curated by members of the new CHS Decorative Arts Affinity Group.

  • Inspired by the Past: Works by Robert Charles Hudson
    Jan 8, 2015 - Mar 7, 2015
    Inspired by the Past: Works by Robert Charles Hudson

    This display features artwork inspired by Robert Charles Hudson’s family traditions and African-American heritage. A fourth-generation quilter, Hudson weaves together techniques and oral traditions handed down from his great-grandmother.

  • CT Historical Society Wants Your Connecticut-Defining Objects
    May 19, 2015 - Jan 2, 2016
    Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories

    If an object could define Connecticut, what would it be? What objects—from the past and from today—help tell the stories that define our state as a changing place, a community, and an idea?

  • Oct 3, 2014 - Apr 25, 2015
    (Re)Building Hartford: A City Captured by Artist Richard Welling

    Connecticut artist Richard Welling chronicled the ever-changing Hartford cityscape through detailed ink drawings.

  • Oct 3, 2014 - Apr 25, 2015
    Hartford Seen: Photographs by Pablo Delano

    Pablo Delano’s contemporary documentary photographs of Hartford portray the city’s public and private buildings, street scenes, and storefronts.

  • Oct 3, 2014 - Nov 1, 2014
    The Hartford Courant, Connecticut, and the Country

    America’s oldest continuously published newspaper celebrates 250 years with the Connecticut Historical Society with an exhibit!

  • Oct 16, 2014 - Apr 26, 2015
    (Re)Using Hartford’s Historic Buildings

    This satellite exhibit will explore the perceived value & practice of historic preservation of the historic buildings in Hartford.

  • Oct 22, 2014 - Nov 30, 2014
    Building Public Education in Hartford: A Brief History

    This satellite exhibit will visually explore the changing footprint of public schools and other learning centers in Hartford.

  • Nov 4, 2014 - Feb 1, 2015
    Building a Home in Hartford: A Brief History

    This satellite exhibit will explore the history of residential neighborhoods in and near downtown Hartford.

  • Jan 15, 2015 - Mar 8, 2015
    Building Arts & Culture in Downtown Hartford: A Brief History

    This satellite exhibit will visually explore the presence of arts and culture institutions in downtown Hartford.

  • Sep 16, 2014 - Sep 20, 2014
    Wheels for All

    In conjunction with EnvisionFest, a selection of early bicycles from the CHS collection will be on display at Connecticut’s Old State House

  • Ether Dome-In 1846, the history of the world was forever changed by a dentist from Hartford.
    Sep 11, 2014 - Oct 5, 2014
    Hartford’s Horace Wells

    Visitors to the Hartford Stage’s play Ether Dome will be able to learn more about Horace Wells and the history behind his breakthrough discovery.

  • Jul 1, 2013 - Sep 13, 2014
    Try It! Connecticut Places, People, Collections, & Me

    If you live in Connecticut now, had ancestors here long ago, or just enjoy visiting, you are part of this story.

  • Apr 11, 2014 - Sep 13, 2014
    Katharine Hepburn: Dressed For Stage and Screen

    Sassy. Daring. Talented. Beautiful. Determined. Fashionable. Iconic. Hepburn.

  • The Connecticut Photo Contest
    Oct 11, 2013 - Mar 29, 2014
    The Connecticut Photo Contest

    In conjunction with the Through a Different Lens: Three Connecticut Women Photographers exhibit, selected entries from The Connecticut Photo Contest were on display.

  • Through a Different Lens: Three Connecticut Women Photographers
    Oct 11, 2013 - Mar 29, 2014
    Through a Different Lens: Three Connecticut Women Photographers

    This exhibit introduced a new collection of photography donated by the Rosalie Thorne McKenna Foundation as well as a collection by Marie Kendall.

  • Behind the Wheel
    May 23, 2013 - Sep 28, 2013
    Behind the Wheel

    An exhibit about learning and loving to drive when cars were new, Behind the Wheel showcased a new collection of colorful automobile safety posters printed in the 1930s-1950s.

  • This Won't Hurt a Bit! A History of Pain Relief
    Apr 26, 2013 - Sep 28, 2013
    This Won’t Hurt a Bit! A History of Pain Relief

    This exhibit explored the ways Connecticut’s residents and companies help people manage their pain—both dull and acute—paying particular attention to Horace Wells’s discovery of anesthesia.

  • Time Warps: Textiles from Today's Weavers
    Apr 20, 2013 - May 17, 2013
    Time Warps: Textiles from Today’s Weavers

    This juried exhibit of handwoven goods displayed the work of contemporary weavers who used both historical and modern techniques and designs.