Museum of Connecticut History


This museum, housed in the Connecticut State Library on Capitol Hill and renowned for its impressive genealogy library, packs a punch for US history buffs. It also holds Connecticut's original royal charter of 1662, a prime collection of Colt firearms (which were manufactured in Hartford), coins, and the table at which Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

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1. State Capitol

0.13 MILES

Built of New England granite and white marble and topped by an ostentatious gold-leaf dome, the Gothic palace that is Connecticut’s State Capitol (1879)…

2. Bushnell Park Carousel

0.18 MILES

This vintage 1914 merry-go-round designed by Stein and Goldstein, in Bushnell Park, continues to delight young and old.

3. Bushnell Park

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The Capitol overlooks the 37-acre Bushnell Park, the first public park in the USA built with taxpayers' money. It was designed by Jacob Weidenmann and…

4. Center Church

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Established by the Reverend Thomas Hooker when he came to Hartford from the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1632, this church still holds services each Sunday…

5. Wadsworth Atheneum

0.45 MILES

In 2015 the nation's oldest public art museum completed a five-year, $33-million renovation, renewing 32 galleries and 15 public spaces. The Wadsworth…

6. Old State House

0.57 MILES

Connecticut's original capitol building (from 1797 to 1873) was designed by Charles Bulfinch, who also designed the Massachusetts State House in Boston,…

7. Connecticut Science Center

0.68 MILES

Designed by Argentinian architect Cesar Pelli, the Connecticut Science Center is both an exciting architectural space and an absorbing museum for adults…

8. Harriet Beecher-Stowe Center

0.99 MILES

Hartford was home to Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the antislavery book Uncle Tom's Cabin. Upon meeting Stowe, Abraham Lincoln reputedly said, 'So this…