Shelton Historical Society

70 Ripton Rd., Shelton, CT 06484.

PO Box 2155. Rte.8, Exit 11.  (203) 925-1803. Composed of several historic structures, the 1820 Brownson House, the 1872 Trap Falls School, and the c. 1860 Wilson Barn with the "Three Centuries of Shelton, From Farming to Industry and Beyond" exhibit tracing town history from early European settlement through the 20th century. Adm.

SoNo Switch Tower Museum

77 Washington St. , South Norwalk, CT 06854.

I-95, Ex.14N/15S. (203) 246-6958. Learn how railroads used "towers" to switch trains from one track to another at this circa 1896 Switch Tower for the New Haven RR. A highlight is the only Armstrong Switch lever machine in CT. May-October, Sat. - Sun. noon-5pm. 

Stamford Historical Society

1508 High Ridge Road , Stamford, CT 06903.

Rte. 15 Ex. 35. (203) 329-1183. Permanent collection traces the history of Stamford from its colonial beginnings to the present day. Changing exhibits. The extensive Marcus Research Library includes books, manuscripts, surveys of historic structures, maps, newspapers and oral histories. Thurs. – Sat. 11 - 4.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children

303 West Ave., Norwalk, CT 06850.

Mathews Park. I-95, Ex. 14N/15S. (203) 899-0606. Award-winning exhibits and interactive experiences for the whole family inspire lifelong learning. Five hands-on galleries, daily programs and performances, rotating special exhibits, an open-air enclosed courtyard, café and retail store. Every day 10 am-5 pm Memorial Day to Labor Day; Tues. – Sun. 10 am – 5 pm Labor Day to Memorial Day. Adm.

The Dundon House at Captain’s Cove Seaport

One Bostwick Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06605.

Black Rock Harbor. Exit 26 off I-95. (203) 335-1433. Displays of Bridgeport's maritime history including photos, models and artifacts relating to Black Rock Harbor and CT's oyster industry. Collections include objects salvaged from Long Island Sound, lighthouse history, 18th c. navigational instruments and sail maker's tools. Other attractions include Harbor Cruises on the "Chief", restaurants, full service marina and shops. mid-May – Sept.

The Glass House

199 Elm St., New Canaan, CT 06840.

(203) 594-9884. Built between 1949 and 1995 by architect Philip Johnson, The Glass House is a National Trust Historic Site. The pastoral 49-acre landscape comprises fourteen structures, including the Glass House (1949), and features a permanent collection of 20th-century paintings and sculptures, along with temporary exhibitions and public programs. The tour season runs from May to November and advance reservations are required.

The Judson House

967 Academy Hill Rd. (I-95, Exit 32), Stratford, CT 06615.

(203) 378-0630. Circa 1750 Georgian style house built by Capt. David Judson is furnished with period pieces of Stratford origin and has an outstanding collection of Chinese porcelain. Adjacent to House is the Catharine Bunnell Mitchell Museum with permanent exhibits of Stratford history and changing gallery exhibits from the Society's collections. Open 1st Sun. June – Oct., Wed. and Sun. Noon to 4. Adm.

The Perry House

1128 West Broad St., Stratford, CT 06615.

I-95 Ex. 32, Rte. 15 Ex. 53. (203) 377-3779. Circa 1690, the homestead has a visitor center and unique venue to rent, special events functions, handicapped accessible, and brand new commercial kitchen. Mon. & Tues. 9:30 – 2:30, Thurs. 9 - 12, & Sat. 9 -12.

Trumbull Historical Society

1856 Huntington Tpke., Trumbull, CT 06611.

Rte. 15 Ex. 51. (203) 377-6620. Historic displays of the history of Trumbull, permanent and changing exhibits, genealogy and research library, gift shop & lectures. First & Third Sun. from 2 – 4. Thurs. 1 -4 , or by appt. Adm.

Weston Historical Society -Coley House and Farm

104 Weston Rd. , Weston, CT 06883.

Rte. 15, Exit 42. (203) 226-1804. (203) 226-1804. The 1841 Coley Homestead is maintained as an example of a working farm in the 19th century and has a barn, carriage house and archives center. Tool exhibit in the barn; collections include furnishings, papers and clothing. Educational programs offered.