Plan Your Visit

Discover Connecticut History


Plan Your Visit

Discover Conneticut History

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Special Program: Free admission for kids 18 and under, and an accompanying adult to Connecticut museums this Summer, including the CHS! July 1 – September 6!


Admission is FREE for CHS members and children 5 and under.
Admission to the museum galleries is FREE the first Saturday of the month.

The CHS is proud to be a part of  Museums for All , and offers free admission to individuals and families presenting a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.

One-day admission prices:

$12 Adults
$10 Seniors (65 and over)
$8 Students (with valid college ID) and Youth (6-17)

Multi-visit passes to the Waterman Research Center:

Adults (3 visits): $33
Seniors (3 visits): $27
Students and Youth (5 visits): $27
Admission fees may apply to programs and events. Please call (860) 236-5621 for information.

Group Visits:

For information about group tours of the museum for adults, visit the Adult Group Tours page or contact [email protected] or (860) 236-5621 x232. For group tours and museum programs for kids, please visit the Education section of this site or contact [email protected] or (860) 236-5621 x232.

Library & Waterman Research Center

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 12:00–2:00 pm and 2:30–4:30 pm, by appointment only

Waterman Research Center will be closed for cleaning each open day at 2:00 pm


Monday–Saturday: 9:00 am–5:00 pm

Holiday Hours:

The CHS is closed on New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. The store is closed on Monday holidays.

The CHS will close at 3:00 pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

The CHS will open at 12:00 pm the day of the Hartford Marathon (2nd Saturday in October).
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Physical Access

The CHS is handicap accessible. The handicap entrance is through the Auditorium Lobby, which is located to the left of the main entrance. To use this entrance please ring the bell to the right of the Auditorium door or call the front desk to notify staff that you will be using this entrance.

Once inside the building, there is a small lift and elevator for access to the exhibit spaces. A handicap accessible restroom is located on the first floor.

Access for Hearing Impaired

The CHS has worked closely with the American School for the Deaf to provide select labels in our temporary exhibit that are accessible in American Sign Language. Please bring your smartphone or tablet in order to access these labels using a QR code and/or website listed on the label.

The CHS also provides ASL interpreted programming and/or Closed Captioning for some programs. Please visit the Upcoming Events page to learn more. ASL Interpretation or Closed Captioning can be provided for any upcoming program with at least 2 weeks prior notice. Please email [email protected] to make arrangements

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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