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Danbury Museum

The Danbury Museum main campus is comprised of our modern exhibit space and research library/archive; Marian Anderson's studio; the Little Red Schoolhouse; the John Dodd Hat Shoppe; and the John & Mary Rider House (ca 1785). 


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Since 1942, the Danbury Museum has served the public as stewards of our local history and as a repository for Danbury’s treasured artifacts and memories. The collection of historic artifacts and archival material is made available to visitors, regional lovers of history, and international scholars alike. Main Street scenes of yesteryear, personal diaries and letters from musical legends Marian Anderson and Charles Ives, and memorabilia from the Great Danbury State Fair and Racearena, are but a few samples of our vast and carefully preserved collection.

The Danbury Museum works to engage the community and to ensure that Danbury history continues to be a vital part of our regional culture.  For the past decade, we have welcomed more than 25,000 tourists each year hailing from all parts of the globe. We connect with 40,000+ individuals monthly on our social media platforms which means that last year we had the pleasure of interacting, in person and online, with more than half a million museum friends. During the school year, the Museum impacts more than 6,000 regional students both offsite and onsite as they tour our historic buildings and learn all about the colonial and Revolutionary War history of Danbury from professional re-enactors. We strive to keep Danbury’s history alive and relevant to our modern society.






Pricing: Free for Summer 2021!

Other Amenities: Open After COVID, Bus Parking, Gift Shop, Groups Welcome, Guided Group Tours, Indoor Activity, Meeting/Event Facilities, Pet Friendly



43 Main St.
Danbury, CT 06810


Exhibit Hall: Wed.-Sat. 12 - 4, through Labor Day weekend.
Tours and research are by appointment only (Wed.-Sat.) and must be pre-booked.

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