Museums in Connecticut with kids

A place where kids can learn, AND have a great time? Surely not! 

When it comes to museums in Connecticut, that’s exactly what you will find! The many fascinating museums in The Constitution State offer a range of topics, with many perfectly designed to visit with children. 

Art lovers in the family? Take your pick!  Looking for interactive museums with endless fun things to do with kids? Where would you like to start!?  Nature…history…transport…the list is endless!

Museums have become incredible places to go with kids where they can learn, interact, and be introduced to a whole new world of wonder.

Learning CAN be fun in Connecticut…and museums are the best place to start! Enjoy!

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  • The Military Musuem Of Southern New England

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    Danbury

    We currently display a vivid cross section of 20th century American military history. Many of our vehicles are extremely rare, often the only example in the western hemisphere! The museum staff is ...

  • Timexpo Museum

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    Waterbury

    It's about TIME for family fun. Timexpo® The Timex Museum tells the story of Timex and its heritage dating back to the 1850's. A Time Tunnel leads to ancient mysteries. Magnificent timepieces, ...

  • Danbury Railway Museum

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    Danbury

    The Museum, located in the historic station and rail yard in downtown Danbury, Connecticut, offers railroad history, tours, train rides, a collection of original and restored rolling stock, and ...

  • The Mattatuck Museum

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    Waterbury

    The Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center is known for engaging its community in an understanding of the past and providing vision and leadership for the future through its exhibits and collections ...

  • The Barnum Museum

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    Bridgeport

    On January 1, 1842, P.T. Barnum opened his first museum on lower Broadway in New York City. Almost 166 years later, The Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut carries on the extraordinary legacy of ...

  • The Bruce Museum

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    Greenwich

    The Bruce Museum is an educational institution which, through its varied exhibitions and collections in the arts and sciences, provides programs for diverse audiences.

  • Bridgeport Discovery Museum and Planetarium

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    Bridgeport

    With three floors of hands-on fun with science, and daily Planetarium shows all included with admission, this family friendly discovery museum is great for those active kids who just love learning!

  • Stepping Stones Museum for Children

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    Norwalk

    Lots of hands on and fun learning for children under 10 years in this entertaining museum in Connecticut!

  • Lutz Childrens Museum

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    Manchester

    The mission of the Lutz Children's Museum shall be to provide a multi-faceted museum for children to explore culture, history, and the natural sciences through internal and external exhibits, ...

  • Connecticut River Museum

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    Essex

    Where the River comes to life. Located on the waterfront in historic Essex, the Connecticut River Museum is the perfect place to explore the heritage and experience the wonders of New England’s ...

  • The Childrens Museum

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    West Hartford

    The Children’s Museum provides rich learning experiences in science and nature for all ages. Exploration of our multi-level museum captures imaginations and develops a sense of curiosity about the ...

  • Barker Character Comic and Cartoon Museum

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    Cheshire

    Cartoon fun away from the television! This fun museum has one of the largest collections of cartoon-themed artifacts and toys in the entire country - from Disney to Marvel - kids can check out all ...

  • Peabody Museum of Natural History

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    New Haven

    From Egyptian mummies to saber-toothed cats to the once mighty dinosaurs — you can find it all at Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History!

  • New Britain Youth Museum

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    New Britain

    The New Britain Youth Museum, founded in 1956, encourages children and families to explore the history and cultures of Connecticut and the world. Come explore with your child!

  • New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park

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    Kensington

    A fascinating and fun family day out as you explore the world around us together, at the New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park.

  • Kidcity Childrens Museum

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    Middletown

    Imaginative play in Connecticut for kids up to 7 years with handmade, one of a kind exhibits that encourage creativity, exploration and imagination!

  • Stamford Museum and Nature Center

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    Stamford

    Seasonal fun awaits you at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Bring friends and enjoy a picnic on the Meadow, walk over 80 acres of nature trails, drop in to the Hecksher Farm and say hello the ...

  • National Helicopter Museum

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    Stratford

    The Museum contains hundreds of photographs and models tracing the history of the helicopter both in the United States and around the world. Stratford is the birthplace of the American helicopter ...

  • New Britain Museum of American Art

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    New Britain

    The collections now number approximately 5,000 works of American art: 680 oils, 1,050 drawings (including watercolors and pastels), 860 graphics, 160 sculptures, 25 photographs, and 1,460 ...

  • The Fire Museum

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    Manchester

    The Fire Museum is housed in a retired 1901 fire station with a unique atmosphere that saw the transition from hand drawn to horse drawn, then to motorized apparatus. our collection includes ...

  • Imagine Nation Museum

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    Bristol

    The Imagine Nation Museum is a hands-on, interactive children's museum best suited for ages 2 to 10. The first area you will see when you come to the museum is the interactive exhibits that encourage ...

  • Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut

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    Niantic

    Hands-on fun in Connecticut for kids who love to learn through play, with indoor and outdoor exhibits perfect for those up to 9 years!

  • The Connecticut Trolley Museum

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    East Windsor

    The Connecticut Trolley Museum invites you to take a journey back in time and experience the transportation of yesterday.

  • New England Air Museum

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    Windsor locks

    For some Family Fun, bring your kids to the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT, a ninety minute drive from Boston and only twenty minutes from Hartford CT.

  • Connecticut Science Center

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    Hartford

    Over 165 hands-on exhibits, programs, and endless exploration for the whole family at this Connecticut Science Center in Hartford! Learning AND fun for kids!

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  • Sheffield Island Lighthouse tour

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    Norwalk

    Just a short boat ride away is the beautiful lighthouse showcasing lift for a 19th century light keeper, as well as stunning scenery and curious wildlife!

  • Captain Bobs Thimble Island Tours

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    Stony Creek

    Since the 1950's generations of families have returned each summer to Stony Creek for a relaxing boat ride around the Thimble Islands. Whether it's your first ride or your umpteenth ride, each ride ...

  • Captains Cove Seaport

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    Bridgeport

    Since 1982, Captain’s Cove Seaport has grown from a vacant lot and a handful of slips to one of Connecticut’s premier tourist attractions and seaport complexes. Located on Historic Black Rock ...

  • Mystic Whaler Cruises

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    New London

    One of a kind Tall Ship adventure to be had - from lunch cruises to 5 day cruises. Beautiful sailing tours around the Connecticut coast.

  • The Maritime Aquarium

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    Norwalk

    The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate Long Island Sound and protect it for future generations. A vibrant and entertaining learning environment, the Maritime Aquarium ...

  • Mystic Aquarium

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    Mystic

    Explore the ocean without every getting wet! Amazing encounters, from the splash of a beluga whale, to being nose to nose with a penguin - a family fun aquarium experience in Connecticut.

  • Action Wildlife Park

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    Goshen

    A leisurely walk through amazing animals from all around the world, a petting zoo, and even wagon rides, all waiting at this family friendly wildlife center in Connecticut. Lots of animal fun!

  • Connecticuts Beardsley Zoo

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    Bridgeport

    Over 300 American species with varying exhibits and educational programming for families, including unique pop up viewing areas within the Prairie Dog exhibit.

  • Quassy Amusement Park

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    Middlebury

    More than 2 dozen outdoor amusements, rides and attractions ranging from toddler friendly and gentle to frankly terrifying. Great family fun in Connecticut!

  • Lake Compounce Family Theme Park

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    Bristol

    Lake Compounce is a family theme park with the best of both worlds - thrills for those older kids and kiddie rides for the little ones!