Barnum Museum

820 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604.

I-95, Ex. 27. (203) 331-1104. While the Barnum Museum undergoes historic restoration and re-envisioning, you have the opportunity to see hundreds of artifacts up close in our special events gallery. From Tom Thumb carriages to the "Centaur of Tymfi"; the museum continues to amaze and enthrall guests of all ages. Thurs. – Fri. 11-3.

Bates-Scofield House and Scofield Barn Museum

45 Old Kings Highway North, Darien, CT 06820.

I-95, Exit 13. (203) 655-9233. Museum is housed in an 18th century saltbox, open for tours Tues. – Thurs. noon-5, Sun. noon-3. The Scofield Barn exhibition space has changing exhibits on a variety of topics. Collections include costumes, New England furniture, books and manuscripts related to the history of Darien.

Boothe Memorial Park and Museum

134 Main St. Putney , Stratford, CT 06614.

I-95, Exit 33; Rte.15, Exit 53. (203) 381-2046.. On the National Register of Historic Places this 32-acre park claims to be the oldest homestead in the nation, dating to the 1600s. Features include a carriage house, Americana Museum, miniature lighthouse, and windmill, a clocktower museum, working planetarium, and a trolley station. Museum tours June 1 - Oct. 1, Tues. - Fri. 11 – 1, & Sun. 1 – 4. Also a train museum that is open during the summer 1 – 4 on Sat. Award-winning Wedding and Rose Garden and the Putney Chapel. By reservation: (203) 385-4052.

Bruce Museum

1 Museum Dr., Greenwich, CT 06830.

I-95 Exit 3, Rt.15 Exit 31. (203) 869-0376. Explore Art and Science at the Bruce Museum. Open Tuesday through Sunday 10-5. Closed Mondays and major holidays. Adults $7, Seniors & Students $6. Free for members and children under 5, free to all on Tuesday. Free on-site parking. Accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Bush-Holley House

39 Strickland Rd, Cos Cob, CT 06807.

I-95, Ex. 4. (203) 869-6899. This National Historic Landmark owned by the Greenwich Historical Society was home to one of Connecticut's first art colonies and features interpretive rooms from two distinct time periods-the New Nation (1790-1825) and the Cos Cob Art Colony (1890-1920). The collection includes works by artists of the Cos Cob Art Colony and other noted American Impressionists. The library and archives contain historical documents, photos and ephemera pertaining to all aspects of Greenwich history, and the Storehouse Gallery features exhibitions that change throughout the year. Jan.- Dec. Wed. - Sun., 12-4 p.m., Jan. -March., Fri. – Sun. only 12-4 p.m. Adm.

Discovery Museum & Planetarium

4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06604.

Rte. 15, Exit 47; I-95 Ext. 27A. (203) 372-3521. Three floors of hands-on, interactive fun with science. Featuring daily, full-dome planetarium shows, demonstrations, permanent and traveling exhibits. Groups and Challenger Learning Center (1 of 48 in the world; reservations required); rentals, birthday parties, overnights. More than 65,000 visitors, students, and teachers annually. Tues. – Sun. 10 - 5.

Easton Historical Society

Westport Rd, Easton, CT 06612.

203-261-2090. Adams Schoolhouse, Westport Rd. One room schoolhouse has 19th century furnishings and trappings and is open by appt., Memorial Day, & during the Christmas season. The Bradley Hubbell Homestead, a centerpiece of Easton's history was built in 1816 and remained with the original family for over 100 years. It typifies the kind of subsistence farm found in Easton. The house is located on 535 Black Rock Road. A barn, exhibits and events offered. Call for hours or appt..

Fairfield Museum and History Center

370 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT 06824.

I-95, exit 22. (203) 259-1598. Located on the historic town green, Fairfield Museum presents changing exhibitions, engaging programs and community events that celebrate regional history, art and culture and connect people with their past. A research library and archives contains thousands of items on regional history from 1639 to the present, including family documents, photographs, articles, maps, and genealogy resource. Open daily 10 am – 4 pm.

Garbage Museum

1410 Honeyspot Rd. Ext., Stratford, CT 06615.

(I-95, Exit 30). (203) 381-9571. Award winning museum where visitors are greeted by Trash-o-saurus, a dinosaur made from a ton of trash. Walk through a giant compost pile, meet resident compost worms, discover how much energy savings is derived from recycling and explore a glass enclosed skywalk over the recycling plant. Call or email for hours.

Housatonic Museum of Art

900 Lafayette Bvld., Bridgeport, CT 06604.

Housatonic Community College. (I-95, Ex. 27; Rte. 8/25, Ex. 2). (203) 332-5052. Significant art collection includes works of Rodin, Picasso, Matisse, Miro, Chagall, Klimt and Warhol. Changing exhibitions, lectures and programs. Sept. - May: Mon.- Fri. 8:30 - 5:30; Thurs. until 7. Sat. 9 – 3, Sun. 12 – 4; Jun. –Aug. Mon. – Fri. 8:30 - 5:30, Thurs. until 7. Closed Sat. & Sun. in summer. Call for holiday times.