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Best things to do in Hartford

History Museum
“Are you a fan of this beloved author? His former residence is open to the public.”
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“The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is the oldest continuously-operating public art museum in the United States, founded in 1842 by arts patron Daniel Wadsworth. Just an amazing collection of things to see.”
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Science Museum
“Science CenterLocated on Columbus Boulevard along the Connecticut River in Hartford, the Connecticut Science Center is a nine-story science museum and theater that opened in 2009. The center contains 40,000 square feet of interactive exhibits in its 154,000 square foot facility. The Connecticut Science Center is one of the top Hartford attractions for families. The galleries include audio, tactile, and visual exhibits, among others. The Exploring Space gallery allows visitors to see a moon rock and moon craters, or go on a Venture to a Black Hole, while the River of Life teaches guests about the importance of the Connecticut River. ”
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“History not to far from our home. I always wonder if Harriet Beecher Stowe was friends with the builder owner of our home back in the 1800's. Located on Forest Street, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is a historic museum as well as a U.S. National Landmark. Author of the 1852 novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe lived in this house from 1873 until her death in 1896. The 5,000 square foot two-story brick house was built in the cottage style, painted gray, and decorated with dormers and gables. It sits adjacent to the Mark Twain House. The center contains original objects from the family as well as several documents and letters. The center also has a research library.”
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History Museum
“Completed in 1796, the Old State House is the first public building designed by Charles Bulfinch, and it has always served as a public building in one form or another. Today, it is managed by an office of the Connecticut General Assembly. The building is a mix of architectural styles, from the Federal exterior to the Victorian Representative's chamber and Colonial Revival courtroom. This National Historic Landmark has a range of exhibits such as the Joseph Steward Museum of Curiosities as well as a great number of historic rooms that showcase the history of Connecticut. There are organized tours for those who would like to learn more. The House also offers space to the farmers’ market.”
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History Museum
“The Museum of Connecticut History is located in the meticulously restored and historic 1910 building that houses the State Library and Supreme Court. Its focus is on the state’s governmental, industrial, and military history, which it showcases through a range of permanent and temporary exhibits. The exhibits follow the State’s growth and development and the part it played in the development of the United States. The visit to the museum starts at Memorial Hall with a display of the portraits of former Connecticut Governors. The Hall also contains display boxes with important historical documents such as the State's original Royal Charter from 1662. ”
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History Museum
“Visiting the Connecticut Historical Society museum, library, and the Edgar F. Waterman Research Center is a great way to learn more about Connecticut and its history, people, and culture. The Society, established in 1825, is located in a lovely 1928 Colonial Revival building that was formerly a luxury home. It now contains over 4 million diverse items in the areas of textiles, furniture, clothing, manuscripts, diaries, prints, photos, tavern signs, children’s books, and various tools. There are several permanent exhibitions on display, and the most important one is a comprehensive overview of more than 400 years of the history of Connecticut. The exhibition displays over 500 historic images”
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“The main house was built in 1782 for Dr. Daniel Butler, a physician who kept his consulting room here. Another resident of the house was Rev. John James McCook (professor) who was a professor at Trinity College (Connecticut) and the rector at St. John's Episcopal Church in East Hartford. His son, Dr. John Butler McCook, added the wing to the right to serve as his office in 1897. The house remained in the hands of Butler descendants for about two centuries, prior to its conversion to a museum. Its rooms now include displays of family memorabilia. The house reflects two centuries of ownership by one family, with furnishings and decorative items ranging from the Colonial through the Victorian e”
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