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Connecticut's Old State House

A National Historic Landmark originally built in 1796, Connecticut's Old State House serves as one of the state's most historically-significant museums, offering tours, exhibits and programming.

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A National Historic Landmark, Connecticut's Old State House was once a state capitol building where citizens and all three branches of government debated matters of national importance for over 80 years. Now serving as one of the Constitution State's most historically-significant museums, the tradition of civil discourse is carried on through programming, events, tours and exhibits.

Go back in time...

Visit the restored historic legislative chambers including the Senate, House of Representatives and Courtroom. Learn the stories of Prudence Crandall, the Amistad, P.T. Barnum and others who helped shape our state and national histories.

Explore the Museum of Curiousities...

Discover oddities in a recreation of Joseph Steward's Museum of Curiousities, originally installed in the State House in 1797. Reverend Steward filled his museum with natural wonders from across the globe, such as the famous two-headed calf and other exotic animals - a pleasant surprise for many visitors.

Discover the history all around us...

Investigate Hartford's past in History is All Around Us, an interactive, multi-media exhibit featuring pieces of the Connecticut Charter Oak, a map that explores the evolution of Hartford, an antique fire truck, Mark Twain's bicycle and much more.

Participate in captivating programs...

Connecticut's Old State House offers engaging programs year-round, including Conversations at Noon, a free lunchtime lecture series. Visit to see a calendar of upcoming events.

Bring the kids...

The fun hands-on activity stations throughout the building and in the Holcombe Education Center bring history to life for children and families.

Visit the Farmers Market...

The Farmers Market at Connecticut's Old State House is the oldest of its kind in Connecticut. In 1643, Hartford established a weekly market at the site of the State House. Today, the tradition continues with a Farmers Market from June through October on Tuesdays and Fridays. Stop by for fresh produce, handmade crafts and the outdoor concerts.

Shop at Connecticut's Old State House...

Once home to the State Treasurer's Office, the shop provides a great opportunity for visitors to browse through a collection of Hartford and Connecticut themed gifts, apparel, postcards, books and other unique products. The Shop is open during museum hours. Shop online at

Other amenities: Dining Nearby, Dining nearby, Gift Shop, Printed Guides, Self-guided tours


Pricing: Adults $6, seniors and students (6-17) $3, children (under 6) free.

Other Amenities: ADA Compliant, Bus Parking, Gift Shop, Groups Welcome, Guided Group Tours, Indoor Activity, Meeting/Event Facilities, Special Rentals

Dates of Operation: Saturday following the Fourth of July-Columbus Day weekend, Tue.-Sat. 10-5. First Monday following Columbus Day weekend-July 3, Mon.-Fri. 10-5. Last ticket sold at 4 p.m. Closed all state holidays.



800 Main St.
Hartford, CT 06103


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Last ticket is sold at 4 p.m.)

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