Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

258 Main St., Ridgefield, CT 06877.

(203) 438-4519. The Aldrich is the only museum in CT devoted to contemporary art and one of the few non-collecting museums in the US. Solo exhibitions by emerging and mid-career artists are complemented by gallery-based education programs that help adults, families, and students connect to our world through contemporary art. Mon., Wed. - Sat. 10 – 5. Sun. noon - 5, Tues. closed. Free adm. third Sat. of every month. Adm. $10 adults, $5 seniors & students. Children under 18 free.

American Clock & Watch Museum

100 Maple St., , Bristol, CT 06010.

off Rte. 6, (I-84 Exit 38W/31E). (860) 583-6070. Promoting the history of American-made clocks and watches, the museum houses the largest display of American production clocks in the world. Special emphasis is placed on Connecticut clockmaking. Situated in the National Register's Historic District of "Federal Hill." Open daily 10 - 5, Mar. 28 – Nov. 30. From December 1 - March 31 Friday - Sun. 10 am - 5 pm. Closed December 24, 25 and Jan. 1.  Adults: $6, Seniors $5., Children 8 -15 $3., under 8 free. Group rates.

Barkhamsted Historical Society

100 East River Road, Pleasant Valley, CT 06065.

(860) 738-2456. Tour Squires Tavern a late 1700's house and one of the oldest taverns in Pleasant Valley that offers collections reflecting the history and material culture of Barkhamsted. Open May – Nov. on Wed. 9 am – noon, and Sun. 1-3 pm.

Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden

9 Main St. North, Bethlehem, CT 06751.

(203) 266-7596 or (860) 247-8996. 1754 home of Bethlehem's First Minister transformed into a 20th century country estate with antiques, a formal garden of historic roses, lilacs, and peonies and an orchard. Open for tours: May through Oct. May -Sept.: Thurs. – Sun., 12 – 4 pm. Oct.: Sat. & Sun., 12 – 4 pm. Open on Memorial Day, Labor Day & Columbus Day. Adm. Group tours maybe scheduled for other days and times by appt.

Bristol Center for Arts and Culture

95 Riverside Ave., Bristol, CT 06010.

Rte. 72 (860) 585-5411. Fax: (860) 314-0483. Housing New England Carousel Museum, with working carousel, Museum of Greek Culture, Museum of Fire History, a gallery of work by Glo Sessions and a gallery of changing exhibitions. Party rentals & youth group sleepovers. Special needs accessible. Open Mar. – Dec. Wed. – Sat., 10 - 5, and Sun. noon – 5.  Adults $5., Seniors $4.50, Children $2.50.

Bristol Historical Society

98 Summer St., Bristol, CT 06010.

(860) 583-6309. The former Bristol High School in the historic Federal Hill neighborhood houses exhibits, the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame and the Memorial Military Museum. Hours vary. Call for program information.

Brookfield Museum and Historical Society

165 Whisconier Road, Brookfield, CT 06804.

(203) 740-8140. Displays many artifacts relating to Brookfield history. The Research Library includes literature, papers, letters, maps, photographs and other ephemera relating to Brookfield's past, an extensive collection of Civil War books and detailed information on local genealogy. Gift shop contains items of local interest. A historic formal garden with gazebo is located on grounds. Open every Sat. noon – 4, or by appt.

Burlington Historical Society

George Washington Turnpike, Rte. 4 , Burlington, CT 06013.

P.O. Box 1215. (860) 673-3815. Located in the Elton Tavern, a Federal-style house circa 1810 overlooks the town green. The house served as a private home and then as a public house and inn. Today lovely heirloom gardens surround the house that displays furniture and artifacts preserving Burlington's treasured past.

Colebrook Historical Society

558 Colebrook Road, Colebrook, CT 06021.

Municipal Historian: (860) 379-3614. Museum located in 1816 former Inn. Collections include china, clothing, documents, glass, tools, uniforms, and genealogy. July – Sept. Sat. & Sun. 11 -1. 

Connecticut Antique Machinery Association Museum

31 Kent Cornwall Rd., Kent, CT 06757.

Next to Sloane-Stanley Museum. (860) 927-0050. This industrial museum has the largest display of steam & gas tractors in the state. A working narrow gage railroad, industrial hall with working steam engines, mining exhibit building, and the Cream Hill Agricultural School on grounds. May - Oct., Wed. - Sun. 10 - 4.