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.

Our exhibition galleries are open. The Edgar F. Waterman Research Center is open Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat –  by appointment only.

Current COVID-19 policies:

  • If you feel sick, stay home. We would love to see you another time!
  • Please visit the Welcome Desk upon entering and when leaving the building.
  •  All visitors (ages 2+) and staff are required to wear a mask inside the Museum, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Many of our exhibits feature interactive, hands-on elements. We clean, disinfect and replace our hands-on materials when they are visibly soiled or damaged

The health and safety of our visitors and staff is our highest priority. To safely welcome you, along with increased cleanings and other steps mentioned above, we have:

  • Carefully reviewed the Re-open Connecticut rules and guidelines.
  • Established a management committee to lay out all new operating protocols and to ensure they meet or exceed the mandates.
  • Participated in industry sessions on safe reopening, sharing ideas and information.
  • Generated thoughtful changes to maximize your safety and enjoyment of our exhibits and library.
  • Self-certified that we are following applicable Re-open Connecticut rules and guidelines.

Hours:

exterior of the Connecticut Historical SocietyMuseum: 

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

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)

Store:

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.

Additionally, the Waterman Research Center will be closed the Friday after Thanksgiving (11/27) New Year’s Eve (12/31) and New Year’s Day (1/1).
 
The CHS will open at 12:00 pm the day of the Hartford Marathon (2nd Saturday in October).
 

Prices:

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 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.

Click here for COVID-19 visiting rules. Click here for the CHS’s digital programs.