Gawk at historic aircraft in an open-air hangar. Photo courtesy of the New England Air Museum
Gawk at historic aircraft in an open-air hangar. Photo courtesy of the New England Air Museum

Free Admission for Kids at Connecticut Museums and Attractions

Connecticut may be small, but it boasts hundreds of art museums, historical homesteads, science museums, children’s museums, and cultural centers—most of which are open (with COVID-19 safety policies in place) in 2021. Best of all, most of Connecticut's greatest museums and cultural attractions are free for little (and in some cases, all) kids. From the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield to the Wadsworth Antheneum in Hartford, there's something for every interest and age group. 

Museums were allowed to reopen in June with masking and social distancing rules. Timed tickets and reservations are the current norms. Still craving more? Check out our complete Connecticut museum guide, or venture out on winter day trip with kids.

Connecticut Museums Free For All Kids

Connecticut Museums Free For Kids under 1

Connecticut Museums Free For Kids under 2

 

Connecticut Museums Free For Kids under 3

Photo courtesy of New Britain Museum of American Art

Connecticut Museums Free For Kids under 5

Connecticut Museums Free For Kids under 6

Connecticut Museums Free For Kids under 12

Connecticut Museums Free For Kids under 18

 


Stepping Stones Museum for Children
303 West Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06850

The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art
258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877

Bellarmine Museum of Art
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

Weir Farm National Historic Site
735 Nod Hill Road
Wilton, CT 06897

Peabody Museum of Natural History
170 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511

Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut
409 Main Street,
Niantic, CT 06357

Lyman Allyn Art Museum
625 Williams Street
New London, CT 06320

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street
600 Main Street, CT

Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry
1 Royce Circle
Mansfield, CT 06268

Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT 06830

Yale University Art Gallery
1111 Chapel Street
New Have, CT 06511

New Britain Museum of American Art
56 Lexington Street
New Britain, CT 06052

Kidcity Children's Museum
119 Washingon Street
Middletown, CT 06457

Children's Museum of Southeastern CT
409 Main Street
Niantic, CT 06367

Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371

Lutz Children's Museum
247 South Main Street
Manchester, CT

The Children's Museum
950 Trout Brook Drive, Gengras Planetarium
West Hartford, , CT 06119-1437

Mattatuck Museum and Arts Center
144 West Main Street
Waterbury, CT 06702

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
77 Forest Street
Hartford, CT 06105

Mark Twain House
351 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105

New England Air Museum
36 Perimeter Rd Bradley International Airport
Windsor Locks, CT 06096

The Maritime Aquarium
10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

The Institute for Native American Studies
38 Curtis Road
Washington, CT 060793

Mattatuck Museum
144 West Main Street
Waterbury, CT 06702

The Discovery Museum
4450 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT

New England Carousel Museum
95 Riverside Avenue, Rt. 72 W
Bristol, CT

Eric Sloan Museum & Kent Iron Furnace
31 Kent Cornwall Road
Kent, CT 06757

USS Nautilus Submarine Force Museum
One Crystal Lake Rd
Groton, CT

Barker Cartoon Museum
1188 highland Avenue B
Cheshire, CT 06410
Mommy and Me Painting Workshop
The Pottery Factory - 10:00 AM
Frank Stella’s Stars, A Survey
Aldrich Museum - 12:00 PM
Sunday Fun Day Crafts at IAISM
Institute for American Indian Studies - 1:00 PM
Coldest Days Family Hike
Roaring Brook Environmental Center - 2:00 PM
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