Open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free admission though donations are gratefully accepted.

Discover Danbury's Role at Home and Abroad During World War I.

Sponsorship provided by 1 Kennedy Flats and Leahy's Fuels.


During the summer season, the museum will offer tours of our historic buildings Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Labor Day.

Be sure to visit the John & Mary Rider House (c.1785), The John Dodd Hat Shop (c.1790), The Marian Anderson Studio and The Little Red Schoolhouse while you're here!

We're a Blue Star Museum!

Join Us During the Summer of 2017

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America.  Each summer since 2010, Blue Star Museums have offered free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Click here for a list of Blue Star Museums nationwide!

Dog Days of Summer

DAWS Pet Adoption Day at the DMHS

We're thrilled to partner with the Danbury Animal Welfare Society to host an adoption day at the Danbury Museum!

Saturday, August 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Holiday Shoppe & Craft Fair 2017

Vendors Wanted!

Looking for a space to sell your products and crafts during the holiday season?

The Danbury Museum's Annual Holiday Shoppe & Craft Fair will be held November 25 through December 23, 2017.  

Find more information and a vendor application here!

Celebrating 75 Years!

"This homestead can ever be a reminder of the quality of our fathers lives. This building, was built to remind us that 'what is excellent is permanent.' This building was built, not for the opportune moment but for the years. You can see, this homestead was built for generation after generation."  - Aaron C. Coburn, headmaster of The Wooster School.

Please consider making a donation today in honor of our 75th anniversary -- Happy Birthday Danbury Museum! Your gift will help to establish an endowment fund so that The Danbury Museum may continue its mission for generations to come.

Thank you, as always, for your continued and generous support.

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Where History Hangs Its Hat

Upcoming Programs & Exhibits

Check out all of the history and happenings at The Danbury Museum here.


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

EXPANDED TOUR SCHEDULE through Labor Day...offered Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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. 

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Your Home for Local History

Danbury History

Discover Danbury's rich and fascinating history from our founding to the present day.

Danbury Crowns Them All

Find out more about why Danbury was once known as:
"The Hat Capital of The World."

Educators Corner

The Educators Corner is a place for teachers to find ideas, materials, and links for presenting Danbury History to their students.

Charles Ives

Charles Ives, Danbury's native son, was a Pulitzer-prize winning composer often referred to as "The Father of Modern American Music." 

Marian Anderson

American contralto, the first African-American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera and one of the most celebrated voices of the twentieth century.  Marian Anderson made Danbury her home for over fifty years.

Danbury Fair

Explore The Great Danbury State Fair - one of the most popular Danbury-related history topics.

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.

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
Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Extended hours for Guided Tours of our historic buildings during the summer months.
Tours take place Monday through Saturday from

 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

Sunday: Closed