current exhibitions

  • Summer 2020
    Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy

    An inspiring story of the Home Front effort that produced tanks, planes, ships, and guns with staggering speed and unparalleled energy during WWII.

  • Summer 2020
    A Vote of Her Own: The Long Fight for Woman Suffrage

    One hundred years ago, women secured the right to vote with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

  • Summer 2020
    Fighting on the Home Front: Propaganda Posters of WWII

    Posters produced during the war promoted patriotism, the purchasing of war bonds, growing and canning food, and taking jobs to aid in wartime production.

  • 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

online exhibitions

past exhibitions

    VIRTUAL TOUR: War, Maps, Mystery: Dutch Mapmaker Bernard Romans and the American Revolution

    Discover the little-known story of Revolutionary War Patriot and mapmaker Bernard Romans. See incredibly rare maps from the CHS collection.

    VIRTUAL TOUR: Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts

    Explore the history, culture, and craft of quilt-making in Connecticut, from the 18th century to today.

  • Jun 13, 2019 - Aug 3, 2019
    A Brief History of Connecticut’s LGBTQ Community: A Traveling Exhibit and Digital Timeline

    This traveling exhibit and digital timeline explores the idea of the LGBTQ community becoming a community, finding its voice, moving from invisibility to visibility, and moving from an underground existence to a claimed communal identity.

  • Mar 15, 2019 - May 11, 2019
    New Collections at CHS

    This exhibit highlights some of the best new objects that have come in to our collection over the past four years. Learn about the story behind these new acquisitions and how they help tell the story of Connecticut!

  • May 21, 2019 - Aug 10, 2019
    Take Note! 75 Years of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra

    Highlights the decades-long history of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the people behind the music, and the important collaborations that have musically shaped the Greater Hartford community.

  • Feb 23, 2019 - Aug 3, 2019
    Rebuild via Home Run: Baseball in Connecticut

    Photographs and objects from the CHS collection will help tell Connecticut’s baseball story, including famous players, integration, women’s softball, and the impact of baseball on urban development.

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

    Dive into the history of the development of the iconic American backyard! As patios replaced front porches, the backyard became an extension of the home – a private personal oasis – a place for cooking, entertaining, playing, and relaxing.

  • Mar 27, 2019 - Sep 14, 2019
    Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

    This exhibit will explore the African American struggle for full citizenship and racial equality that unfolded in the 50 years after the Civil War.

  • Mar 23, 2018 - Jul 7, 2018
    From Their Hands and Lands: Artifacts from Connecticut’s Enfield Shakers

    This exhibit highlights the Enfield, Connecticut Shaker community, celebrating 125 years of their craftsmanship, distinctive design style, and entrepreneurial agricultural practices.

  • 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.

  • Jan 18, 2018 - Mar 10, 2018
    Passing It On: Traditional Arts Apprenticeships

    The exhibit will display the work of masters and apprentices from the broad range of ethnic and occupational groups that have participated over the years.

  • Nov 15, 2018 - Mar 2, 2019
    Hamilton: His World, His Words, His Hair

    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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 - Nov 4, 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.

  • Aug 20, 2019 - Oct 12, 2019
    Mas: Carnival Costumes from Hartford’s West Indian Community

    Learn about the colorful West Indian Carnival tradition and Trinidad-style carnival costumes (Mas) made by Hartford teens during Mas Camp in 2019.

  • 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.

  • 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.

The Connecticut Historical Society is closed to the public through August 18. All on-site programs and events are canceled during this time.
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