Southwestern Region


New Canaan Nature Center - New Canaan Nature Center, an environmental education center and sanctuary, offers easy trails, hands-on exhibits, animals, gardens; natural science, horticulture, preschool, school and camp programs.

Bush-Holley Historic Site - 18th-century home later became a boarding house for Connecticut's first art colony. Features early American fine furniture and American Improessionist art.

Housatonic Museum of Art - The Museum has one of the most significant collections of any two-year college in the country and includes works by master artists such as Rodin, Picasso, Matisse, Miro and Chagall. Both art enthusiasts and casual observers have the rare opportunity to engage daily with original works of art and artifacts on continuous display throughout the College and campus grounds.

The Barnum Museum - Only museum dedicated to depicting the extraordinary life of P. T. Barnum and the enormous influence he had on 19th century America.

Weir Farm National Historic Site - American Impressionist painter, J. Alden Weir (1852-1919) summered at this country retreat for nearly 40 years. The 60 acre site includes Weir's home, studio, barns and outbuildings, a visitor center, and a second studio built by sculptor, Mahonri Young.

Bruce Museum - Over the past 90 years the Bruce Museum has developed a collection of approximately 15,000 objects, with holdings in fine and decorative arts, natural science and anthropology.

Bridgeport Discovery Museum - Keep small hands and young minds busy at the Discovery Museum. Hands-on exhibits, planetarium, and virtual basketball.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children -
Stepping Stones Museum for Children is a hands-on learning environment for children ages 10 and under. The museum is home to five interactive exhibit areas, and also offers educational workshops, performances, and school tours.

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum - One of the earliest and finest surviving Second Empire Style country houses ever built in the United States. Exhibits center on the material, artistic, and social aspects of the Victorian era.

The Maritime Aquarium - The Aquarium features more than 1,000 marine animals native to the Sound and its watershed. Tanks portray successive levels of life in the Sound, from shallow tidal areas filled with oysters, sea horses, lobsters and small fish to the 110,000-gallon Open Ocean tank with 9-foot sharks, bluefish, striped bass, rays and other creatures found in the Sound and the ocean beyond.

Beardsley Zoo - 52 acres dedicated to wild and wonderful animals of North and South America.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center - 118 acres; includes New England working farm, country store, woodland trails, picnic area. Nature’s playground, live pond life exhibit, boardwalk with seating niches along a stream. Seven galleries exhibit fine art, Americana and much more.

Sheffield Island Lighthouse and Nature Trail - Picturesque boat ride to the 3-acre park with picnic area and 1868 lighthouse. The ten room lighthouse showcases period furniture, and offers a chance to see what life was like for the families of 19th century light keepers. A viewing platform on the nature trail allows visitors to see a variety of wildlife including nesting herons and other birds.



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