Danbury Museum Tours

John & Mary Rider House

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 John Dodd Hat Shop

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.

Little Red Schoolhouse

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 Studio

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.

Ives Birthplace

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. 

Tours & Admission

Our next exhibit will open in June: The Great War: Danbury Answers the Call

Tours of the historic buildings on our Main Street campus are offered
on Saturday only.

Tour Admission Rates:

  • General Admission: $6.00 
  • Museum Members $3.00 
  • Senior Citizens: $5.00 
  • Danbury Students $1.00 
  • Students $2.00 
  • Children under 5 are FREE  
  • Group Tours: $5.00 
  • Please note: Group tours are available by appointment.

Museum in the Streets

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 Tour

Main Street

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.