Celebrating 140 years, the Mattatuck Museum collects and exhibits American art and cultural history – with a strong core of Naugatuck Valley history and Connecticut artists. Featuring more than 24 changing exhibitions each year in addition to galleries devoted to the Museum's permanent collection there is always something new to see at The... Read More
The Mattatuck Museum collects and exhibits American art and cultural history – with a strong core of Naugatuck Valley history and Connecticut artists. The Museum uses its history collections to tell the stories of the community and often partners with neighborhood associations, ethnic organizations, and manufacturing groups. Featuring more than 25 changing exhibitions each year, the Mattatuck highlights the diversity of the community, address issues of contemporary society, presents the work of emerging artists, features blockbuster shows of internationally renowned artists, and emphasizes the strengths of their permanent collection. Changing exhibits of contemporary sculpture are featured throughout the Museum’s outdoor spaces – in the courtyard garden and on the rooftop.
The collection now numbers over 8,000 oils, watercolors, drawings, graphics, photographs, sculptures, historical documents and ephemeral and decorative art objects, representing works from the late 18th century to the present. The Mattatuck also houses a button collection of 20,000 miniature works of art donated to the Museum by the Waterbury Companies in the 1970s including buttons from all over the world (many 18th and 19th century examples), as well as those worn by George Washington, displayed at the 1878 Paris Exposition, and some made of Czechoslovakian glass, Japanese enamel, ivory, wood, china, pearls and jewels.
Families can make their own adventure in The MATT's art and history galleries by borrowing a Family Activity Pack & Gallery Guide (ages 5-15) or spending some time in the The Children’s Art Maker Place (CAMPsite) (Ages 2-15)—there are many ways to enjoy the Museum with the whole family!
Convenient, free parking is located in the lots on Park Place.
Other Amenities: ADA Compliant, Bus Parking, Gift Shop, Groups Welcome, Guided Group Tours, Indoor Activity, Meeting/Event Facilities, Special Rentals