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Connecticut has a rich history, and given its background, it is no surprise that it is home to many historical sites and museums. Each year, many people travel to Connecticut to experience its history and many attractions. For anyone interested in history, it is always fun to stay in a historical building while on a trip. The Wallingford Victorian Inn in Wallingford has stood the test of time since being constructed in the 1890s. It is centrally located between some of Connecticut’s top museums that are listed below while being out of the way of the busier cities so you can truly relax. Here are some museums that are a must-see when traveling to Connecticut.

Mark Twain House and Museum – Hartford

The Mark Twain House and Museum provides guided tours of the three-story Gothic style home for its visitors as well as tours of the museum. The Clemens family lived in this home from 1874-1891, along with several staff and pets. Discover more about the time, Mark Twain’s work, as well as about his personal life.

Yale University Art Gallery – New Haven

The Yale University Art Gallery showcases art exhibits that are free to the general public. There is a permanent collection and there are also periodically changing exhibits, along with traveling exhibits as well. See their website for additional information including current and upcoming exhibits. Please note that although admission is free, visitors will need to pay for parking.


Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center – Ledyard

This museum provides accurate information and representation of indigenous cultures and history in the northeastern portion of the United States. It has been tribally owned and operated since opened in 1998. The expansive complex features permanent and temporary exhibits, an auditorium, the research center and a restaurant.

Mystic Seaport Museum – Mystic

This museum is the largest maritime museum in the United States. Their Seafaring Village transports visitors back in time to the 19th century. This museum also hosts the world’s last wooden whaleship, the Charles W. Morgan. To learn more about everything that this museum has to offer, visit their website.

Bruce Museum – Greenwich

The Bruce Museum features exhibits highlighting natural history, science and art through both permanent and annually changing exhibits. Discover the natural science behind the region through their permanent exhibits as well as stunning images of nature and wildlife. The museum was originally a home and was purchased in 1858 by Robert Moffat Bruce. In 1908, Bruce deeded the property to the town of Greenwich with the first exhibition taking place in 1912.

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