Museums in Bristol, CT


Visit for Two or Four to the New England Air Museum (Up to 38% Off)

New England Air Museum

Near Bradley International Airport

Visitors peruse a collection of more than 100 aircraft

$25 $18

KidsPlay Children's Museum Visit for Two, Four, or Six (Up to 33% Off)

KidsPlay Children's Museum

Torrington

Museum’s hands-on activities include pretend grocery store, and enclosing yourself in a giant bubble

$20 $13.50

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Visit for 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10 (Up to 57% Off)

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

South End

40,000-sq.-ft. basketball haven houses shrines to more than 300 Hall of Famers, 70+ interactive exhibits, and a full-size court for practice

$46 $22

Visit for Two or Four to The Mark Twain House and Museum (Up to 46% Off)

The Mark Twain House and Museum

Asylum Hill

The house of literary legend Samuel Clemens casts a light on his personality and career as well as America in the 19th century

$38 $21

Admission for Two or Four at Barnes Museum (35% Off)

Barnes Museum

Southington

Home dating to 1836 presents a glimpse into Southington’s past with antique furniture and clothing, Civil War letters, and restored gardens

$10 $7

Admission for Two or Four or Family Admission for One Year to New Haven Museum (Up to 48% Off)

New Haven Museum

Downtown

See Eli Whitney’s cotton gin, John Quincy Adams’s letter to the Amistad captives, and other artifacts that cover 1638 to the present

$16 $9

Colonial Living Museum Visit for Two or Four to Historic Deerfield (Up to 48% Off)

Historic Deerfield

Historic Deerfield

Take a trip into the past, strolling through a mile-long colonial village complete with homes built as early as 1730.

$28 $16

Admission or Class at Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut (Up to 54% Off). Three Options Available.

Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut

Windsor

Museum follows the evolution of electronic communication from early radio and telegraph to modern television and computers

$14 $7

Admission for Two or Four to Harriet Beecher Stowe Center (Up to 38% Off)

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Asylum Hill

Museum located at the home of the famed American author welcomes visitors with historic artifacts and furnishings

$28 $18

MATT by Night Event for Two, or Museum Visit for Two Adults at Mattatuck Museum (Up to 33% Off)

Mattatuck Museum

Waterbury

Cultural history comes alive through exhibitions and programs; after-hours event features food, a bar, live music, and artistic activities

$30 $20

Haunted Isle Trolley Ride for Two or Four at The Shore Line Trolley Museum (50% Off)

The Shore Line Trolley Museum

East Shore

Brave souls board a trolley and depart at the start of a wooded trail, where spooky surprises await around every twist and turn

$24 $12

Pumpkin-Patch Entry for Two or Four at The Shore Line Trolley Museum (Up to 45% Off)

Shore Line Trolley Museum

East Shore

Celebrate autumn by riding a vintage trolley to a pumpkin patch, where kids can get their faces painted and choose a pumpkin to take home

$20 $12

SUP, Kayak, Canoe, or Tandem Kayak Rental at Connecticut River Museum (Up to 56% Off). Five Options Available

Connecticut River Museum

Essex

Kayak, paddleboard, or canoe Essex Harbor, near museum housed in a refurbished 1878 steamboat hosts a 26-foot model-train layout

$30 $19

Admission for Two or Four to Founders Day at The Shore Line Trolley Museum on October 1 (40% Off)

Shore Line Trolley Museum

East Shore

Museum honors suburban trolleys with a collection of nearly 100 vintage vehicles, as well as artifacts such as ticket punches

$20 $12

$13 for a Ticket to Any Tour from Ghosts of New Haven ($25 value)

Ghosts of New Haven

Downtown

Tour guides lead 90-minute strolls through haunted locales and tell tales of scandal with historical facts

$25 $13

Flamig Farm Petting Zoo for Four (Through November 15)

Flamig Farm

Flamig Farm

Feed and pet goats, pigs, emus, alpacas, sheep, horses, and other animals at this educational agri-tainment complex

$24 $12

Beer Tasting and Optional Tour for Two or Four at Thimble Island Brewing Company (Up to 52% Off)

Thimble Island Brewing Company

Thimble Island Brewing Company

Guests learn about the brewing process during weekend beer tours, which also include a tasting and take-home growlers

$26 $14

Wine and Chocolate Tasting for Two or Four at Dalice Elizabeth Winery (Up to 49% Off)

Dalice Elizabeth Winery

Dalice Elizabeth Winery

Find some friends and head to Preston’s lakeside winery for a chance to sample five boutique wines

$34 $18

Wine Tasting with Cheese Plate and Souvenir Glasses for Two or Four at Arrigoni Winery (Up to 48% Off)

Arrigoni Winery

Portland

Visitors sample five of this vineyard’s wines before enjoying a cheese plate—and more wine—on a scenic patio or in the pavilion

$56 $29

Brewery Tour with Souvenir Glasses for 2, 4, or 10 at Shebeen Brewing (Up to 49% Off)

Shebeen Brewing

Wolcott

Tour a brewery started by two avid home brewers, which features creative beers such as the bacon Kona stout with oatmeal, coffee, and bacon

$40 $21

Distillery Tour for Two or Four with Souvenir Glasses and Samples at Waypoint Spirits (50% Off)

Waypoint Spirits

Terry's Plain

Take a tour through a craft certified distillery while sampling signature spirits like vodka and gin

$20 $10

VIP Admission for Two or Four to Fright Haven (Up to 53% Off)

Fright Haven

Stratford Square

20,000-square-foot haunted house with frightening attractions such as a Victorian manor, spooky asylum, and evil carnival

$80 $39

Whale-Watching Excursion for One or Two from Capt. Bill and Sons Whale Watch (Up to 44% Off)

Capt. Bill & Sons Whale Watch

Gloucester

A family of experts shares tips on spotting humpback and minke whales—as well as dolphins and seals—during three- to four-hour outings

$48 $28

$30 for a Whale-Watching Cruise from Cape Ann Whale Watch (Up to $48 Value)

Cape Ann Whale Watch

Gloucester

View humpback and fin whales as they feed and play within close range of the 115 ft. boat, Hurricane II; valid all season long

$48 $30

Brewery Tour with Beer Flights and Glasses for Two or Four at Broad Brook Brewing Company (Up to 45% Off)

Broad Brook Brewing Company

Robertson

Groups of two or four tour brewery with 15-barrel system and sample classic as well as seasonal brews

$22 $13

Explore the Stars Astronomy Tour for Two Adults or Children at Mark's Tree Farm (Up to 61% Off)

Mark's Tree Farm

Lebanon

High-powered laser pointer and large telescope showcase planets, galaxies, and nebulae during guided astronomy tour

$130 $51

Scavenger Hunt for One or Two from The Great Puzzle Pursuit (Up to 58% Off)

The Great Puzzle Pursuit

Online Deal

Outdoor scavenger hunt challenges explorers to decode clues in historic locations around the city

$30 $15

$10 For 2 Admissions To Any $10 Event (Reg. $20)

THE BUTTONWOOD TREE

Rocky Hill Ferry Historic District

$20 $10

Go Boston Card All-Inclusive 2-Day Pass includes admission to 50+ attractions for 2 days. Pay Nothing at The Gate.

Go City Card

Online Deal

Card grants free admission to 51 Boston museums, tours & attractions. Save up to 55% off combined gate prices if purchased separately

$55 $49.50

Flavored-Liqueur Production Tour and Tasting Room Experience for Two or Four at Hartford Flavor (Up to 45% Off)

Hartford Flavor Company

Parkville

Guests sample a selection of unique botanically infused liqueurs blended with all-natural ingredients

$20 $12

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  • Imagine Nation
    With three floors of interactive exhibits, Imagine Nation keeps tykes aged 2–8 and their parents engaged for hours of synapse-firing fun. Kids can create their first masterpiece in the art studio, or visit the ESPN center, where they can pretend to be sportscasters as they sit behind the desk of a model TV set, replete with real equipment from the Worldwide Leader in Sports. The museum also boasts a health exhibit in which children can don hospital attire and explore a model newborn nursery and an operation table, ideal for parents trying to nudge their child toward a career as a hypochondriac. After whippersnapper's minds have been blown learning about the cosmos at the space exhibit, they can unwind with drinks and snacks at the old-fashioned soda fountain, which winds the clock back to the 1940s with the help of a player piano.
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    Bristol, CT US
    +18603141400
  • Connecticut Carousel Museum
    Once, antique wooden carousels dominated parks around the country, delighting kids and adults with jaunty music and exquisite craftsmanship. Today, the experts at the New England Carousel Museum preserve those bygone playtimes for future generations, acquiring and restoring old-fashioned carousels and carousel memorabilia to educate the public on these vintage treasures. In addition to its restoration and exhibition work, the museum also houses an art gallery hosts educational programs for families that can include visits from collectors of other pieces of Americana such as quilts and dolls.
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    Bristol, CT US
    +18605855411
  • Barnes Museum
    Southington's past is perfectly preserved within the restored home of Bradley and Leila Barnes—known today as the Barnes Museum—, where guests can peruse 17 rooms filled with antique furniture and personal belongings dating back to 1836. There, guests may feel they've stepped back in time, whether they're admiring the lace dresses, top hats, and other fashions of the times, or perusing Captain Andrew Upson's Civil War letters to find examples of old-timey emoticons. Even the plants surrounding the house have became a historical collection of sorts. A local Eagle Scout recently recreated the house's gardens as they were in 1922, guided by an article published in Country Homes magazine.
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    Southington, CT US
    +18606285426
  • New Britain Museum of American Art
    Founded in 1903, New Britain Museum of American Art was designated the first museum in the country to be dedicated exclusively to American artwork. Upon its founding, wealthy industrialist John Butler Talcott endowed the museum with a hefty sum of gold bonds and bottled phoenix tears with which to purchase modern oil paintings. The collection blossomed to include other artistic media over time, and it now consists of more than 10,000 works spanning more than three centuries of American creative endeavor. The museum's permanent collections showcase works by noted American artists ranging from Norman Rockwell to John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt to Georgia O'Keeffe. Along with rotating exhibitions and borrowed collections, the museum showcases work by emerging artists.
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    New Britain, CT US
    +18602290257
  • New Britain Industrial Museum
    Looking for a unique art museum? Head on over to New Britain Industrial Museum in New Britain and browse through a wide variety of art pieces. Head on over to the in-house restaurant for a delectable meal. Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this museum has kid-friendly policy. Drive to New Britain Industrial Museum and find easy parking in a lot close by or on the street.
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    New Britain, CT US
    +18608328654
  • Timexpo - The Timex Museum
    Timexpo: Inside a brass mill built in 1854, the Timex Museum traces the story of the famous watch brand and its impact on modern timekeeping, starting from its inception as Waterbury Clock Company in 1854. Here, visitors learn about the heritage of Timex through modern and interactive exhibits and discover how the watch company turned Waterbury into a landmark. Size: three floors of time-related exhibits Eye Catcher: a vast collection of clocks and pocket watches, all manufactured in Waterbury since the mid-1800s, when everyone stopped wearing their wall clocks on neck chains Permanent Mainstay: an exhibit focusing on the ever-popular vintage Timex torture-test ads and their famous slogan "Takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'" Don't Miss: though seemingly unrelated to timepieces, the Time Tunnel archaeology exhibit is based on discoveries of explorer Thor Heyerdahl, who found interesting and peculiar connections between seemingly disparate cultures Hidden Gem: the company's iconic Mickey Mouse watches are highlighted in their own exhibit Hands-On Experiments: guests can decorate and assemble a working clock or participate in an assembly line and create a paper wristwatch Pro Tip: at the museum store, you can not only buy Timex watches, but also get your watch battery or strap replaced While You’re in the Neighborhood: the American Clock & Watch Museum in nearby Bristol also keeps a collection of pieces from Waterbury Clock Company
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    Waterbury, CT US
    +12037558463

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