Danbury Museum & Historical Society history

43 Main Street

Danbury, CT 06810

Exhibit hall/archives open Tues thru Sat, 10 to 4. 

Tours Tuesday through Saturday, 10 to 3. 

Summer Camp at the Danbury Museum

Cursive Camp August 20-24

Learn to read and write cursive and explore the art of letter writing! Campers will learn the strokes and techniques needed to write in cursive.

From writing letters to signing your name and reading old documents--and old diaries!!--cursive writing is an important skill.

Camp is $75 per child for the week and camp runs from 9:00 am to 11:30 each day. All supplies are provided. Campers in grades 2 - 8 are welcome.

Camp registration forms are available for download below. 

Fabric Arts Camp August 27-31

Learn a variety of needlework skills during this fun week! Campers will be introduced to sewing and quilting, knitting and cross-stitching, and weaving.


Camp is $75 per child for the week and the camp runs from 9:00 am to 11:30 each day. All supplies are provided. Campers from grades 2-8 are welcome.

We know that the final Friday of camp is a school day for Danbury Public School students. If you are a Danbury student, you would be welcome to come for the camp's final day on Saturday, September 1 from 9:00 - 11:30 am. For non-Danbury students, camp will run as usual on Friday, August 31.

Summer Camp Registration Forms

Summer Camp 2018 (pdf)


Summer exhibit

PROHIBITION: Hatters & Hooch in "Dry" Danbury

 "Prohibition has made nothing but trouble."

-- Al Capone

"I am a temperance Republican down to my toes."

-- Billy Sunday

Prohibition was the end result of nearly a century of activism and protest. Although it was nobly intended to better the lives of Americans and protect society from the devastation of alcohol abuse, it had the unintended consequences of turning law-abiding citizens into criminals, making a mockery of our justice system, and permitting government officials to skirt and even break the law. With Prohibition in place, but unevenly enforced, one observer noted, America had hardly freed itself from the scourge of alcohol abuse – instead, the "drys" had their law, while the "wets" had their liquor.

The story of Prohibition's rise and fall goes far beyond the oft-told tales of gangsters, rum runners, and speakeasies, revealing a complicated and divided nation in the process of major transformation. Prohibition: Hatters & Hooch in “Dry” Danbury  will explore this fascinating era—the intersection of temperance, prohibition, suffrage, and immigration—from a variety of angles. The exhibit opens on Saturday, June 9th and will continue through Saturday, November 10.

Drunkard's Path Raffle Quilt


Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Friend of the Danbury Museum and quilter extraordinaire Joretta Kilcourse has made a beautiful "Drunkard's Path" quilt to accompany our Prohibition exhibit. Tickets are $5.00 and available at the museum and here via PayPal. Good luck!

2017 Danbury Museum by the Numbers

As 2018 begins and we near the completion of our 75th year this April, we look back with pride at what we have accomplished in 2017, and we look forward to what we can do in the coming year with your continued support.  

We're proud to be the stewards of Danbury's past, holding it in trust for Danbury's future.

2017 Danbury Museum by the Numbers (pdf)


Where History Hangs Its Hat


Join us for a guided tour of the historic buildings located on our Main Street Campus. 

10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Pay a visit to your home for local history!

Research & Archives

 A wealth of materials

are housed in the archives at The 

Danbury Museum & Historical Society. 

We recommend scheduling 

a research visit in advance. 

Learn more about  our archives.

Learn more about Danbury's History, 

Charles Ives, Marian Anderson, 

and The Danbury Fair. 

About Us

A Brief History of the Museum

Learn more about our founding and our mission here at the Danbury Museum & Historical Society.

Our Staff and Board Members

Meet our Staff, Board of Trustees, and Friends of the Danbury Museum & Historical Society Authority Board Members. Learn more about volunteer opportunities at the museum.

Museum Gift Shop

Our gift shop features many Danbury themed items, history-related publications, apparel and more.


The museum provides internships and volunteer opportunities for college students. 


Rent our historic property for your event, meeting or special gathering. You'll find rates and information here.

Memberships & Donations

Become a member of the Friends of The Danbury Museum & Historical Society and help to preserve our history. The museum also gratefully accepts donations of Danbury-related items for our archives and collections.

Subscribe to our Email Newsletter

Download our latest newsletter

Danbury Rocks! (Summer 2018 Newsletter) (pdf)


We Look Forward to Welcoming You to the Museum!

43 Main Street, Danbury, Connecticut 06810, United States



Our office, exhibit space, and archives are open
Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Guided tours of our historic buildings take place Tuesdays thru  Saturdays  from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday: Closed 

Monday: Closed


Kindly schedule research appointments in advance so we can prepare for your visit. 



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