Calendar of Events

November 29 to December 20

Annual Holiday Shoppe & Craft Fair

Open Monday through Saturday

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

November 29 - Join us in the Marian Anderson Studio for a special performance of Franz Schubert’s song cycle, Schwanengesang, presented by baritone Steven A. Fasano.

2:00 p.m. Free & Open to the Public.

December 2 - Hat City Danbury Day. Join us at City Hall, Council Chambers, for a short program 7-7:30pm.

December 4, 5, 6 & 7th - Annual Holiday Tea in the historic Rider House. Seatings at noon each day.  Enjoy sweets, savories and a variety of special teas. 

Start your holiday with this favorite tradition here at the DMHS and pick up some gifts at the Holiday Shoppe. $25 per person. Reservations required.

December 13th - FREE GIFT WRAPPING DAY sponsored by The Mary Wooster Chapter of the D.A.R.  10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

December 20th - Book Sale & Signing with Danbury author, Theresa Buzaid. Meet the author of this wonderful children’s book, The Great Danbury Fair A to Z, published through Mascot Books.  Celebrate and share our city’s late, great annual fair from noon to 4 p.m.

December 21st - Reading & Book Signing with author and Danbury native, Mary Curran-Hackett. Hear excerpts from her latest novel,  Proof of Angels, published by William Morrow/Harper Collins.

We’re thrilled to welcome Curran-Hackett back to the DMHS at 3:00 p.m. for this FREE event.

January 16, 2015

The Hat City Ball

at The Amber Room Colonnade.  6:30 p.m. 

January 24  - Winter Exhibit Opens. Collections, Community & Conversation...Continued. On display through March 21, 2015.

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Other Ways That You Can Help...

THE DMHS is currently seeking

artisans & crafters for our

7th Annual Holiday Shoppe & Craft Fair.

Interested in selling your creations?

Click here for more information

and a vendor application.

Only a few spaces are left!

Calling all Collectors! . . .

"Collections, Community & Conversation...Continued"

opens January 24 and on will be on display through March 21, 2015.

We're inviting YOU, ardent collectors of all ages,

to showcase your collections

and share it with the public.

Learn more here . . .

Quilt Raffle

Noreen Swanson

won the raffle quilt on

October 24th, 2014.

Congratulations, Noreen!

Annual Holiday Shoppe...

Please join us for the

Hat City Ball

A special evening of

dinner and dancing to benefit

The Danbury Museum & Historical Society

Friday, January 16, 2015

at the Amber Room Colonnade

Click here to learn more or to buy tickets.

Sponsorships are available.


Make Your Reservations Today for the Holiday Tea...

Join us for this annual and very festive holiday tradition!

7th Annual Holiday Tea in the Historic Rider House

December 4, 5, 6 & 7th

Enjoy sweets, savories and sample a variety of specialty teas in the signature building on our Main St. campus,   The John & Mary Rider House.

Seatings will be held at noon each day and RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED

Cost: $25 per person. Call 203.743.5200 or email today!


Thanks to the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Children of the American Revolution who created holiday cards for Veterans at the museum.

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The fabric of existence weaves itself whole. - Charles Edward Ives

Holiday Shoppe

November 29 - December 20

Monday - Saturday 10:00 to 4:00

Hat City Danbury Day is

December 2 - Help us Celebrate!

Danbury once known as, "The Hat Capital of the World," lived by its motto: "Danbury crowns them all!"  I

In the 19th Century hats were a staple in every man’s wardrobe, men wouldn’t leave their house without one, and the Hatting industry in Danbury began to thrive, partly because of our large supply of water and fur. By 1800, Danbury was producing more hats than any place else in the United States. By 1887, some 30 factories were manufacturing 5 million hats a year! Danbury WAS the “Hat City.”

After decades, things began to slow down, by 1923 only six hat manufacturers were left in Danbury. Costly labor disputes, changing fashion trends, and less profit resulted in many factories closing or moving, and the last hat factory in Danbury closed in the 1980’s. Today, the hatting industry in Danbury has completely vanished, but its impact on our City’s history will last forever.

Take a picture of yourself or friends wearing hats and e-mail them, or post them on social media as #HatCityday.