--The museum receives about $86,000 in funding from the City of Danbury and in order to continue to fulfill our mission, we must raise an additional $125,000.
--It costs DMHS more than $55,000 in insurance and utilities to house and care for our collective historic assets, whether architectural, archival, or material culture.
--DMHSA annually interacts with thousands of Danbury Public School students in grades 3, 5, 7 and we have a strong tie to Danbury High School and the Rho Kappa History Honors Society who participate in intern experiences that introduce them to museum work during the school year.
--The museum enjoys working cooperatively with many partners within the City of Danbury: the Danbury Public Library, Danbury Police Department, Danbury Fire Department, the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce, CityCenter Danbury, Danbury Senior Center, the Danbury Garden Club, WCSU, Still River Alliance, just to name a few.
--The museum welcomed more than 30,000 visitors from 14 countries and nearly every state in the union.
--As the museum's visitorship has doubled and then doubled again, you, the greater-Danbury community, have doubled and doubled again your donation of Danbury artifacts and ephemera. In the last three years more than 10,000 unique artifact donations have been given to the Danbury Museum.
The Danbury Museum Historical Society is the steward of our local history—we are the keepers of Danbury’s diverse and meaningful past to enrich our present and educate our future. Your support of The Hat City Ball is of vital importance to the continued success of our mission.
(Or give someone a very special gift!)
Celebrating an anniversary or retirement? A big birthday or a graduation? Or you are just in need
of a getaway…
Maybe you’ve always dreamed of a beautiful Hawaiian holiday or soaking up the sun in Hilton
Head, SC; perhaps Disney is more your holiday style.
Finding reasonable plane fares online is not the problem. But there’s always the BIG question…where do we stay? And we mean, where is a really, really, nice place to stay? These are the kind of accommodations that make a great trip even more memorable.
We have a VERY special opportunity for YOU!
This year a very generous benefactor has given us the chance to auction off a beautiful villa stay—in Hawaii, Hilton Head, or one of the fabulous DisneyWorld properties. Stay in the lap of luxury—for 8 days and 7 nights—in a villa that sleeps 4-5 people (and maybe more). Each of the available villas includes numerous sleeping options, laundry facilities, and full, working kitchens.
At Disney for example, you get to choose from Animal Kingdom’s Kidani Village, Old Key West
Resort, Saratoga Springs, Boulder Ridge, Beach Club, Copper Creek, or The Boardwalk. This amazing prize is valued up to $6500. Some restrictions apply.
Even if you can’t join us at the Ball, you CAN bid on this special prize. We’ll be taking phone bids at the museum (203-743-5200) starting Tuesday, January 15th, and the opening bid will be
$2000. We will continue the bidding at the Hat City Ball on Friday, January 25. Want to take
advantage of this great opportunity immediately? The BUY IT NOW price is $4800 and we’ll throw in two tickets to the Hat City Ball as a bonus.
This is an exceptional opportunity for you or your family to have a dream vacation and to support
your home for local history, too! (See the photos directly below to get an idea of your vacation options.)
The Danbury Museum follows the lead of the Danbury Public Schools for closings and cancellations. Our winter weather policy is that if the Danbury Public Schools are closed due to winter weather, so is the museum. On delayed opening days the museum opens at noon and on early dismissals the museum closes at 1 pm.
The most up-to-date information on schedule changes for the Danbury Museum will always be on our social media--so please consult our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds that are linked above. Thank you!
We were thrilled when the Washington Post visited our Cursive Camp in August and we look forward to continuing the important #CursiveConversation during the coming months.
If you missed the article--and great photos of our Cursive Campers--you can read HERE.
43 Main Street, Danbury, Connecticut 06810, United States
Our office, exhibit space, and archives are open
Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Guided tours of our historic buildings take place on Saturdays only from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Tours are $10 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, and FREE for members of FDMHSA. We do not offer walk-through tours of of our historic buildings.
Kindly schedule research appointments in advance so we can prepare for your visit.
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.