Unique Exhibitions

Discover Connecticut History


Unique Exhibitions

Discover Connecticut History

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Virtual Exhibitions

Permanent Exhibit Dec 31, 2023

Inn & Tavern Signs of Connecticut

Between 1750 and 1850, there were more than 50,000 inn and tavern signs produced by American painters, creating a distinct visual language and offering…

Dec 10, 2021

Connecticut Freedom Workers: Remembering the Civil Rights Movement

During the 1960s, people of various races, religions, ages, genders, and classes contributed to an integrated civil rights movement—in Connecticut and around the nation.…

Oct 10, 2021

Virtual Exhibition: Common Struggle, Individual Experience: An Exhibition About Mental Health Presented by Hartford HealthCare Institute of Living

  Understanding how people have struggled with mental health throughout history helps us support ourselves and each other today. This exhibition explores how society…

Oct 10, 2021

Virtual Exhibition: Albert’s Odd Jobs: Making a Living in the 1800s

Albert Walker was a 19th century farmer – and amateur magician – living in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Through his myriad odd jobs, Walker illustrates a…

Oct 10, 2021

Virtual Exhibition: Journeys 旅途: Boys of the Chinese Educational Mission

This exhibition honors the 150th anniversary of the Chinese Educational Mission (CEM), a cultural and educational exchange program from 1872 – 1881. Headquartered in…

Other Online Exhibitions

Jul 10, 2020

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

A 2019 exhibit shared the little-known story of Revolutionary War Patriot and Dutch mapmaker Bernard Romans. Romans came to the American colonies in 1757…

Jul 10, 2020

Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts

This major exhibition explores the history, culture, and craft of quilt-making in Connecticut. About 30 stunning selections from the CHS’s approximately 150 quilts, ranging…

Oct 30, 2021

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. The struggle for…

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Saturday 9am-5pm
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