Plan Your Visit

The Connecticut Historical Society is located in the West End of Hartford, at the corner of Elizabeth Street and Asylum Avenue. Come visit the CHS and check out one of our exhibits or learn more about Connecticut’s past or your own family story in the Waterman Research Center.

To support the effort to contain the spread of Covid-19, the Connecticut Historical Society will temporarily close now through July 31. We will re-evaluate the situation at that time. All public programs and tours are canceled during this time. We hope to reschedule some of the events if possible.

Hours:

exterior of the Connecticut Historical SocietyMuseum: 

Regular Hours:
Tuesday–Thursday: 12:00–5:00 pm
Friday–Saturday: 9:00 am–5:00 pm

Library & Waterman Research Center:

Tuesday–Thursday: 12:00–5:00 pm
Friday–Saturday: 9:00 am–5:00 pm

Store:

Monday–Saturday: 9:00 am–5:00 pm

Holiday Hours:

The CHS is closed on New Year’s Day (1/1), Martin Luther King Jr. Day (1/20), President’s Day (2/17), Memorial Day (5/25), Independence Day (7/4), Labor Day (9/7), Columbus Day (10/12), Thanksgiving (11/26), and Christmas Day (12/25). The store is closed on Monday holidays.

The CHS will close at 3:00 pm on Christmas Eve (12/24) and New Year’s Eve (12/31).

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

Prices:

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

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 education_assistant@chs.org or (860) 236-5621 x232. For group tours and museum programs for kids, please visit the Education section of this site or contact education_assistant@chs.org or (860) 236-5621 x232.

Directions & Parking:

Address:

One Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105

Accessible entrance & additional information

The Connecticut Historical Society is located in the West End of Hartford, at the corner of Elizabeth Street and Asylum Avenue. There is ample free parking available. Bus parking is available behind the building, in the Asylum Street lot.

Directions from I-84 East:
Take exit 46 (Sisson Avenue).
Turn right at the end of the exit ramp onto Sisson Avenue.
At second traffic light turn left onto Farmington Avenue.
Take first right onto Girard Avenue.
At second intersection turn right onto Elizabeth Street.
CHS is on the right (after the UConn School of Law campus).

Directions from I-84 West:
Take exit 46 (Sisson Avenue).
Turn right at the end of the exit ramp onto Sisson Avenue.
At second traffic light turn left onto Farmington Avenue.
Take first right onto Girard Avenue.
At second intersection turn right onto Elizabeth Street.
CHS is on the right (after the UConn School of Law campus).

Directions from Albany Avenue (Route 44) and points northwest:
From Albany Avenue, turn right at Scarborough Street.
Scarborough Street becomes Whitney Street as you cross Asylum Avenue. Continue on Whitney Street to the next intersection.
Turn left at traffic light onto Elizabeth Street.
CHS is on the right (after the UConn School of Law campus).

Public Transportation:
The CHS is located closest to the Asylum Ave and Opp Girard Ave bus stop. Click here to get more information about arriving via public transportation.

The Connecticut Historical Society is closed to the public through August 18. All on-site programs and events are canceled during this time.
Click here for CHS's digital programs.