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The American Museum of Tort Law 654 Main St., Winsted, CT, 860-379-0505:The Museum is a national institution honoring and celebrating the right of trial by jury, and tort law–the law of wrongful injuries. The Museum has a dynamic mix of artifacts, state of the art audiovisual presentations, and creative programming.
Beckley Furnace Historic Industrial
Site, 140 Lower Road, East Canaan, CT, www.beckleyfurnace.org:Historic iron furnace on the Blackberry River, Connecticut’s designated Industrial Monument. Docents on site Saturdays, 10 am-2 pm.
Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth St., Hartford, CT, 860-236-5621, www.chs.org:Museum, library and research center, founded in 1825. Open year-round.
Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT, 860-724-3623, www.ctsciencecenter.org:Humanoid Robot exhibit, films, field trips, birthday parties, exploration camps; book private events with food provided by our catering staff. Open year-round.
Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Road, Rte 140, East Windsor, CT, 860-627-6540, www.ct-trolley.org:Exhibits, history and evolution of the electric trolley, trolley rides, special events.
Cornwall Historical Society, 7 Pine St., Cornwall, CT, 860-672-0505,www. cornwallhistoricalsociety.org:Saturdays, 10 am-4 pm, Sundays and holiday Mondays, 1-4 pm.
Danbury Railway Museum, 120 White St, Danbury, CT, 203-778-8337, www.danbury.org/drm:Trains, unique line of vintage diesel-electric locomotives built in Schenectady, NY, 1948-1952; fully restored Pennsylvania Railroad circa-1910 Railway Post Office car.
Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society, Routes 7 & 63, Falls Village, CT, 860-824-8226:Photographs, domestic and farm tools, family and business records, furniture, paintings, maps, manuscripts and books.
Fireman’s Association of State of NY Fire Museum, 117 Harry Howard Ave, Hudson, NY, 877-347-3687, www.fasnyfiremuseum.com:Over100 years of firefighting history. Equipment, memorabilia and art. Daily, 9 am-4:30 pm.
Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT, 860-434-5542 ext. 111, www.Florenc eGriswoldMuseum.org:Open year round Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm, Sun, 1-5 pm.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Home and Museum, Rte 9, Hyde Park9, NY, 845-229-5320, www.nps.gov/hofr/:National Historic Site. Open year-round, seven days a week, 9 am-5 pm. Roosevelt home tours by guide only. Call to schedule a tour. The grounds are open each day sunrise to sunset.
Gillette Castle jhjState Park, 67 River Road, East Haddam, CT, 860-526-2336, www.ct.gov/deep/gillettecastle:Former home of actor William Gillette, on 204-acre estate. The grounds are open daily year-round.
Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Road, Farmington, CT, 860-677-4787, hillstead.org:Family-oriented programming, first Sunday of each month. Art projects begin at 1 pm; self-guided tours, 1–4 pm. Children can create their own masterpiece based on a selection from the collection.
Naugatuck Railroad, operated by the Railroad Museum of New England, 242 East Main St, Thomaston, CT, 860-283-7245, www.rmne.org:Ride along the scenic Naugatuck. Go to website for information, schedule, fares and tickets.
New England Air Museum, Bradley
International Airport, 36 Perimeter Rd, Windsor Locks, CT, 860-623-3305:Helicopters, DC-3 airliner, WW II aircraft, jet fighters.
Sheffield Historical Society, 137 Main St., Sheffield, MA, 413-229-2694, www.sheffieldhistorial.org:Exhibits at the Old Stone Store, Sat and Sun, 10 am-3 pm. Lectures, second Friday of every month, 7:30 pm at Dewey Hall.
The Sloane-Stanley Museum, 31 Kent-Cornwall Road, Kent, CT,860-927-3849:Antique tool collection, studio and artwork of Eric Sloane. The Kent Iron Furnace is on museum property, and a diorama describing the local iron industry is in the museum lobby. Gift shop. Thurs.-Sun., 10 am-4 pm.
Vanderbilt Mansion, National Historic Site, Rte 9, Hyde Park, NY, www.vanderbiltmuseum.org:A Gilded Age country estate and museum. Mansion tours, living history tours, site rental, planetarium, and Vanderbilt Carriage House Theater. Open daily year-round.
Ventfort Hall, 104 Walker St, Lenox, MA, 413-637-3206, www.gildedage.org:19th-century mansion built by Sarah and George Morgan. Open daily year-round.
West Point Military Museum, Pershing Center, West Point, NY, 845-938-2638, www.usma.edu/visiting.asp:Oldest federal museum in the country. Open 10:30 am-4:15 pm. Free admission, photo ID required for adults 16 years and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Allow additional time for security checks at gates.