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Did you know that there are approximately 850 million visits to museums every year in America? They contribute $50 billion to the U.S. economy each year. If you think about how marvelous museums are, these numbers make sense. Museums can transport you to old worlds, future worlds, worlds you never thought you could be a part of.

If you’re looking to add some of those unknown worlds to your day, check out our list of museums in the area. They are all within driving distance and offer a variety of topics that will enchant every member of the family.
Connecticut State Library
Connecticut State Library

(860) 757-6500

210 Capitol Ave
Hartford, CT 06106   Directions Website

History buffs, lifelong residents or just naturally curious minds will enjoy visiting the Connecticut State Library and State Archives. This facility is an Executive Branch agency of the State of Connecticut and provides a variety of information that includes historical documents and information, public records, and administrative services. There is also a moderately-sized but largely interesting museum in the building that does an impressive job of spotlighting all things Connecticut.

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

(860) 525-9258

77 Forest St
Hartford, CT 06105   Directions Website

Hartford resident Harriet Beecher Stowe attracted plenty of attention when she published her anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. Her outspoken nature and desire to champion issues like human dignity and equality were hallmarks of not only her work, but of the woman herself. You can learn more about her and her various campaigns to end racism when you visit the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. The center and museum of sorts hosts various exhibits that stand alongside Stowe's personal effects that all work together to tell the story of this courageously outspoken author whose battle is still being fought today. The center spotlights current projects that are still being implemented in Stowe's honor.

Mark Twain House & Museum
Mark Twain House & Museum

(860) 247-0998

351 Farmington Ave
Hartford, CT 06105   Directions Website

Even if you've read Huckleberry Finn or Tom Sawyer several times, you still may not really know much about the man who created these timeless works of American literature. A visit to Hartford's Mark Twain House & Museum will change all that in a truly dramatic fashion. The historic home has been meticulously preserved and treats visitors to the sight of various personal items that belonged to Twain, who made his home here before and after he met with his staggering success. Among the most striking pieces at this house museum are his writing desk, eyeglasses and other personal curiosities, and various first editions of his most famous books.

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

(860) 278-2670

600 Main St
Hartford, CT 06103   Directions Website

The kids will love exploring the world of art that is presented at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Multimedia pieces, paintings and various collections feature the best of European art as well as several visually challenging works that range from the modern to the impressionistic. In addition to the many exhibits and attractions throughout the various galleries, the museum features an impressive schedule of events that include poetry readings, musical performances and much more.

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