We're so looking forward to welcoming researchers back to the Danbury Museum! ALL research must be scheduled 48 hours in advance to allow us to gather items for your visit and assure that we are safely accommodating as many of you as possible.
Research appointments are available Wednesday through Saturday, between 12 and 4.
Research appointments are FREE, but need to be booked in advance.
Guided tours of the four historic buildings on our 43 Main Street campus are available to book online. These tours are FREE, but must be booked 48 hours in advance, and are available Wednesday through Saturday, between 12 and 4.
Buildings included are the John & Mary Rider House, the John Dodd Hat Shop, the Little Red School House and the Marian Anderson Studio.
Please note these buildings are NOT air conditioned.
Just passing through? Even if you don't have time to book a guided tour in advance, we have FREE fun options that do not require advance booking.
The Fair That John Built exhibit is up in Huntington Hall and is FREE (and the building is air conditioned!) and available between 12 and 4, Wednesday through Saturday.
Learn about Danbury History and the 4 historic buildings on our museum campus by taking a walking tour using your smartphone and the QR codes we have near each building.
There is also a Danbury Fair themed read-along in the gardens behind Huntington Hall. Stay tuned--there will be more outdoor exhibits as the summer progresses!
What a difference a month makes! We have exciting news regarding our re-opening schedule and we’re looking forward to seeing you all again soon.
Beginning June 30, Elaine Lagarto’s delightful The Fair That John Built exhibit will be open to the public and FREE in Huntington Hall! No appointment needed, Huntington Hall’s exhibit space will be open Wednesday through Saturday, 12-4.
We’ll have tours of our historic buildings and research spots available by appointment, also starting on June 30, with availability Wednesday through Saturday, from 12-4. Research appointments and guided tours of the four historic buildings on our Main Street campus can be pre-booked, at no cost, via our Eventbrite ticketing page.
Please note there will be no walk-in research or tours. All appointments will require 48 hrs notice. This timing will allow us to carefully have tours in our historic buildings as well as safely have researchers in the archive office and time to clean in between guests.
For the safety of our community, following city, state and museum organizational guidance, all staff, volunteers, and visitors to the Danbury Museum are required to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth and practice social distancing while inside the building.
And that’s not all! Our summer read-along is up outside, featuring The Great Danbury Fair A-Z by Theresa Buzaid and we have a new outdoor walking tour of our historic buildings for visitors to enjoy 7 days a week.
While we won't be holding an indoor programs for the summer, look forward to announcements regarding BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) outdoor events in July and August.
Our interest is to continue serving our community while maintaining the safety and health of our staff, volunteers, and public. We want, just as much as you do, a return to tours and programs inside our historic buildings. As we all work together to implement safety measures and get vaccinated, that seems a closer reality than ever!
Please note: There is no photography or videography allowed on the sites operated by the Danbury Museum.
The Danbury Museum is happy to make arrangements for visitors to photograph and conduct videography, by appointment, inside our historic structures and, also by appointment, outside on museum grounds at the discretion of the Executive Director.
The Danbury Museum is a limited public forum, which means that visitors, volunteers, and staff of the museum expect to have the right to visit and work at the museum undisturbed and in accordance with the purposes for which the museum was created and intended.
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In honor of their 170th anniversary, the Savings Bank of Danbury will sponsor Phase III of the rehabilitation of the Charles Ives Home, an important piece of Danbury and the Bank’s history.
“This project is only possible because the Savings Bank of Danbury chose to tell the story of their history through our Danbury Museum,” said Brigid Guertin, Executive Director of the Danbury Museum and Historical Society. “Their story is part of the history of Danbury and they continue to be a strong supporter and member of our community. The result of our efforts will be a world class destination that we can all be proud of.”
Read the full text of the press release HERE.