The John & Mary Rider House was built circa 1785 during Danbury's post-Revolutionary War period. It also housed the workshop of John Rider, a carpenter, who also served as a state militia captain during the War for Independence. It is the signature building of The Danbury Museum and is listed on The National Register of Historic Places.
The Dodd House was built by John Dodd circa 1790. This historic building houses an exhibit dedicated to the hatting industry in Danbury and includes a multimedia presentation of the hat making process. There is a fine selection of Danbury made hats, hatting tools, and other artifacts on display.
This re-creation of a one-room schoolhouse from the 1800s was built with bricks salvaged after the demolition of the Balmforth Avenue School in the 1960s. On display are artifacts related to the history of education.
Marian Anderson and her husband, Orpheus Fisher, resided at Marianna Farm on Joe's Hill Road in Danbury from 1943 to 1993. The Marian Anderson Studio was designed and built by her husband as a rehearsal space for Marian.
The Charles Ives Birthplace is currently closed to the public due to ongling rehabilitation efforts. We completed Phase I, exterior updates, in 2016. Phase II interior rehabilitation is scheduled to begin in 2017.
Our current exhibit - "Art from the Inside" - is FREE and open to the public.
Tours of the historic buildings on our Main Street campus are offered on Saturday only.
Tour Admission Rates:
Follow the path of the Museum in the Streets and take a walk through Danbury’s downtown Historic District. Along the way, thirty-four history panels cover a variety of topics and and tell the fascinating story of Danbury! Download the map at the bottom of this page.
Guided Walking Tours of the Downtown Historic District Available
Looking for a unique, fascinating and active program for your school group, club, civic organization, workplace team or class reunion group?
Led by Danbury Museum Executive Director and City Historian, Brigid Guertin, you'll hear city tales, see historic buildings and learn more about local history.
Must be booked two weeks in advance.
Based on availability and by appointment only.
$200 per group and limited to 10 people.
All proceeds benefit The Danbury Museum & Historical Society.