Connecticut Open House Day
May 30, 2019
Around the (https://www.thewaypointe.com/), and indeed, across the entire state, June 8th, 2019, will be a grand day for celebration, as the famed Connecticut Open House Day makes its triumphant return:
“For 15 years now, attractions, museums, galleries and organizations in towns and cities all across Connecticut will be opening their doors and welcoming visitors with discounted or free admission, giveaways, special offers, hands-on activities for the kids and more.”
This event is a great opportunity to get out and about, and experience some of the best that the “Nutmeg State” has to offer. Today, we’re going to be zeroing in on some of the prime options in Stamford and Norwalk that you’ll not want to miss.
What is Connecticut Open House Day?
If you still don’t quite get the gist of it, Connecticut Open House Day is a statewide tourism even, which usually takes place on the second Saturday in June (June 8th, in this year’s case) and sees “cultural organizations and tourism attractions throughout the state open their doors to Connecticut residents and invite them to discover — and rediscover — Connecticut’s fascinating world of art, history, film and tourism with a variety of special in-state visitor incentives.”
It’s a one-day event only, but in that one day, the businesses and institutions of Connecticut have a prime opportunity to showcase their offerings, drum up some popularity, and get the people of Connecticut talking about them in a positive light. It’s really a win-win situation for all involved, and there’s plenty going on this year for you to enjoy.
Connecticut Open House Day Events in Norwalk
In Norwalk specifically, there are three locations highlighted for Connecticut Open House Day at the moment. In particular, these museums will be an excellent opportunity to do some touring and learn something new and fun about Norwalk.
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
The Lockwood-Mathews Museum, located on West Avenue in Norwalk, is a distinguished museum and registered National Historic Landmark. After being saved from demolition in 1965 and converted into the museum we now know today, it provides a stunning look at the architecture of the American Victorian era, and an ever-changing lineup of exhibits for visitors to experience. For Connecticut Open House Day, they’ll be open from 12:00PM to 4:00PM, “offering free mini-tours at a reduced rate of $5 per person.”
And what will you take in as you walk through the mansion museum? As it turns out, there are two popular exhibits that will be running through June — Historic Grounds & Modern Gardens and From Corsets to Suffrage. The first is a juried exhibition featuring the works of over fifteen different artists, showcasing their abilities to paint various significant outdoor locations in their mediums of choice. The list includes:
- Anna Badini
- Cindy Bernier
- Christopher Breining
- Harold Davis
- Richard Koleszar
- Kara LaFrance
- Laura Levine
- Werner Liepolt
- Maya Santangelo
- Anthony Santomauro
- Marjorie Sopkin
- Lee Skalkos
- Clarice Shirvell
- Jayson Tobias
- Christopher Virtuoso
- Maxwell Wiesen
- Gregory Ziebell
The second exhibit celebrates the centennial of the 19th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States with a lineup of rare images and objects, memorabilia, and period costumes that will illustrate the activities and contributions of women and men across the state and the country during the suffragette movement. This exhibit will bring into sharp detail the travails that women endured to win the right to vote, and will highlight a few “women of national renown,” who were also part of the mansion’s long and storied history.
Norwalk Historical Society Museum
The Norwalk Historical Society has been around since the turn of the 20th Century, and has always had their eye on the “research, preservation, and promotion of interest in the history of Norwalk.” The Norwalk Historical Society Museum, in particular, was established in December of 2015, in the Lockwood House, a residence donated by the Lockwood family that was built in 1973. It’s there that they will be offering free admission from 12:00PM to 4:00PM, and showing off a brand new exhibit debuting that day: Caught In The Crosshairs. It’s not the only thing that will be around for you to see that day, though, as the museum also has seven other exhibits going on at the moment:
- Destination Norwalk — This exhibit takes a look at African-American migration from the south, from the period of 1940 to 1970.
- Eating Off the Landscape — This exhibit highlights the unique french porcelain dessert service from the Farrington-Lockwood collection.
- Self and the World — This exhibit delves into Norwalk through 19th Century photographs.
- Margaret Hoyt Smith — This exhibit showcases the work of Norwalk’s first female architect.
- New Deal, New Day — This exhibit explores the careers of WPA artists and their work done during the federally funded program.
- Norwalk Collects — This exhibit looks at four separate historic collections ranging a great number of different items.
- Form, Function, & Family — This exhibit highlights silver from the Norwalk Historical Society (and City of Norwalk) collections.
It’ll be a prime opportunity to learn a bit more about the history of Norwalk and some of the unbelievable stories this town has hidden within its illustrious past.
Walk Bridge Welcome Center
Last up is a look at the Walk Bridge Program, which is designed to enhance “safety, reliability and ease of travel throughout Norwalk via a half-dozen interrelated road, rail and utility projects.” The welcome center for this unique program will be offering up some free giveaways and giving visitors “an opportunity to learn more about the Walk Bridge Program, and experience the program’s virtual reality demonstration.,” from 10:00AM to 2:00PM on Connecticut Open House Day.
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