current exhibitions

  • May 22, 2018 - Dec 1, 2018
    Facing War: Connecticut in World War I

    This exhibit will explore how people responded to the conflict and how it impacted life during and after the war.

  • Aug 23, 2018 - Nov 3, 2018
    Mas: Carnival Costumes from Hartford’s West Indian Community

    Mas: Carnival Costumes from Hartford’s West Indian Community exhibit showcases Trinidad-style carnival costumes (Mas) made by Hartford teens during a summer 2018 Mas Camp, the eighth year of a collaboration of CHAP and the Connecticut International Cultural Carnival Association (CICCA) under the direction of Linford “Junior” Miller.

  • 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.

    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

  • Dec 18, 2018 - Feb 23, 2019
    Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyard

    This exhibit will explore the development of the American backyard and will take a closer look into Connecticut’s backyard history.

  • Nov 15, 2018 - Feb 23, 2019
    Alexander Hamilton

    Inspired by the hit Broadway musical, this exhibit features artifacts from the life and times of Alexander Hamilton, including a pair of dueling pistols, letters written by Hamilton, and even a lock of Hamilton’s hair!

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