Whether you want to visit an artist’s studio or see some great art in some of Connecticut’s finest museums (or both), you can do that and take advantage of discounts and free offers around the state on Saturday, June 10.
Connecticut Open House Day on Saturday, organized by the Connecticut Office of Tourism, is designed to show off Connecticut’s museums, theaters, historical sites and other attractions across the state.
The annual celebration, now in its 13th year, encourages residents to discover the treasures in their own backyard and rediscover old favorites.
- This article is only meant to pique your interest. You can find out about more places to go in Connecticut at the Visit CT state tourism website.
- Free Admission, Discounts at CT Museums & Attractions on Saturday, June 10
- ‘Historical’ Savings at Museums and Sites in CT for the History-Minded on June 10
- On June 10, Save a Little on a Connecticut Day Trip (or Shorter Visit) with Your Kids
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- Brookfield Craft Center
Free reception from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., featuring a special showing of “Home and Away: The Photography of Colin Harrison.”
- Art & Frame of Danbury LLC
Gallery open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., with an art opening of “Spring into Summer,” featuring live music, hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
- Gallery at Still River Editions
Open from noon until 5 p.m., featuring an opening reception for the exhibit, “Connecticut: Morning, Noon & Night;” with light refreshments, art and conversation.
- Norwalk Arts Commission
Docent led tour of Norwalk’s WPA murals depicting the city’s oyster industry, paired with a boat ride out to view the oyster beds in Norwalk Harbor, provided by Captain Norman Bloom, a third generation Norwalk oysterman. $10 per person and limited to 30 people. Schedule from 8:30 a.m. until noon.
- Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Free admission from noon until 5 p.m.
- Hill-Stead Museum
Buy one admission ticket and get one free, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
- Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Free admission from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
- Wesleyan Potters
From 12 noon until 4 p.m. the center will have free tours and demonstrations, including pottery wheel throwing and fun activities for all ages. Watch the 2nd annual Pottery Olympics, featuring funny and amazing feats of clay work.
- New Britain Museum of American Art
Free admission from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Darienite.com editor’s note: If you’re interested in the greatest American artists, this mid-sized museum, about an hour’s drive away, is a treasure.
- Yale Center for British Art
Open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., offering free Introductory Tours (11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.). These docent-led tours are of the Center’s collections, including the Founder’s Room.
- Anita Holmes Home & Studio
Open artist studio from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. with complimentary refreshments and offering 15% discount on all photographs.
- Artisans Guild
Open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., with “Adundant Love” free workshop with Karen Rossi at 2 p.m., and other artisan demonstrations throughout the day.
- Ronald Sloane Studio
Open artist studio from 8 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. (enter through the Showstring Antiques & Gallery front door). Offering a small drawing for $1 per each visitor.
- Ruthann Olsson Interior Arts & Design
Open artist studio with showroom open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., offering complimentary refreshments.
- Tom Hlas Art Studio
Open artist home with an artist talk, along with refreshments, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
- Greenwood Glass Blowing Studio/Gallery
Studio open from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., offering a free blow your own ornament workshop. Visitors can leave their contact information in a bowl with a drawing at the end of day for a free workshop.