What museums are in town?
With five vintage buildings, seven museums and a library, the New Canaan Historical Society, 13 Oenoke Ridge, has preserved one of the most important collections of “relics and curiosities” in the Northeast. Founded in 1889, the society features the Town House, which houses the their offices, as well as the library, Costume Museum, Cody Drug Store, Exhibition Room and archival wing. The Costume Museum is on the second floor of the Town House and features a presentation of 18th, 19th and 20th Century clothing and accessories in changing exhibitions. The Cody Drug Store is an 1845 shop interior adjacent to the Town House. It is complete with its original fixtures, store merchandise and bottles.
The historical society’s library, in the rear of the Town House, contains more than 4,000 volumes on genealogy and area history, along with a collection of manuscripts, deeds and documents, as well as local newspapers on microfilm and bound volumes of the New Canaan Messenger and the New Canaan Advertiser.
Other highlights on the historical society grounds include the Hanford-Silliman House; the Tool Museum; the New Canaan Hand Press — a recreation of a 19th Century printing office – the John Rogers Studio and Museum, built in 1878; and the Rock School, a one-room school house built in 1799.
Museums in the Town House are open Tuesday-Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit nchistory.org.
The Little Red School House on Carter Street is open for special occasions only.
The Glass House, designed by Philip Johnson, a 47-acre campus off of Ponus Ridge, offers tours that begin at the Visitor Center at 199 Elm Street, featuring an exhibition and museum shop. Tours include a half-mile walking tour with access to the house, painting and sculpture galleries and Da Monsta. Tours run normally from April through October. For tickets call 866-811-4111/philipjohnsonglasshouse.org.
Gores Pavillion, a pool house and lodge designed by Landis Gores in 1959, in Irwin Park, was recently restored and opened to the public. It features exhibit galleries showcasing the works of the famed “Harvard Five” as well as other local modernist architects. Call 203-966-1776.