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Summer is here and you may be looking to escape the heat and give the kids a way to keep their brains working over vacation. How about checking out some Connecticut museums to entertain and add some STEM, STEAM and learning to your getaway? Here’s a list of our favorites and even some tips to save you money on admission!

5 Great Connecticut Museums for Kids

Bruce Museum – Greenwich, CT

Located in Greenwich, CT, Bruce Museum is committed to the appreciation of Arts and Science. The museum has a comprehensive Native American Pottery collection and changing exhibits that highlight natural sciences and art with educational activities.

If you visit on a Tuesday there is no admission fee for the Bruce Museum all day. Any other day admission is $7 and free for children under age 5.

If you are visiting on a Tuesday through Sunday and want to get a little sea air, visit Bruce Museum’s Seaside Center for hands-on activities with sea animals from Long Island. There is no fee for the Seaside Center, but a Greenwich Point Park beach pass is required.

The Discovery Museum and Planetarium – Bridgeport, CT

The Discovery Museum is a large facility that encourages children and adults to have hands-on fun with science, space and energy. Get ready to spend hours tinkering with machines, light and sound in this two-floor facility. Some of our favorites are the MoonBase Discovery and space galleries that give you an opportunity to touch a real meteorite! The museum is located on 4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport, CT and open Tuesday through Sunday.

Best Connecticut Museums for kids - Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, CT

The hands-on Discovery Museum in Bridgeport is one of the best Connecticut museums for kids.

The Barnum Museum – Bridgeport, CT

If you have a couple of hours and finished your visit to Discovery Museum early, consider the Barnum Museum, the only museum dedicated to historical local resident P.T. Barnum, founder of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The museum sustained heavy damage due to Hurricane Sandy so more than 20,000 artifacts are all in one room. Your family will learn about Mr. Barnum, Tom Thumb, Jenny Lind, and early days of circus life. There is free admission everyday of the year but donations are  greatly appreciated to restore the museum.

Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University – New Haven, CT

Yes, your kids can visit Yale and be inspired to achieve their own academic goals while learning about the fundamentals of geology and biology! Highlights of the Peabody Museum include the Great Hall of Dinosaurs and the Discovery Room which encourages visitors to touch real natural history artifacts. The museum offers free admission on Thursday afternoons.

Connecticut Science Center – Hartford, CT

The Connecticut Science Center is located in a nine-story building in Connecticut’s capital. The museum offers over 150 hands-on exhibits that include water play at Kid Space and Lego building. Kids of every age can explore the bounds of science and technology. Along with the exhibits, the family will love the 3D educational films, so definitely consider taking advantage of the combo tickets.

All of these Connecticut museums are stroller and wheelchair friendly, and as always, check individual museum’s calendar for special events and activities. Several Night at the Museums events are coming up that for an additional fee you could have a sleep over at the museum!

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