Norwalk Historical Society Museum - Self-Guided Tours

Norwalk Historical Society Museum - Self-Guided Tours

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Experience the Norwalk Historical Society Museum this summer! Enjoy nine exhibitions that highlight Norwalk’s rich history.

About this event

Self-guided tours are Wednesdays – Saturdays from Noon – 4pm

General admission is: $5 for adults, $3 for seniors 65+, $3 Youth 4 - 17 All sales are final. No Refunds.

Are you a CT family? Then take part in the CT Summer at the Museum program where Connecticut children ages 18 and under plus one accompanying Connecticut resident adult get free admission to the Norwalk Historical Society Museum. Limit 5 children per family.

The CT Summer at the Museum program at Norwalk Historical Society Museum runs from Friday, July 1, 2022 – Saturday, September 3, 2022.

When purchasing tickets, choose “CT Summer at the Museum” admission. * The accompanying adult must show proof of CT residency when checking in at the museum.

**CT Summer at the Museum program is for CT residents only. Camps, Scouts, youth groups and clubs can not take advantage of this program.

Funding for the initiative is provided by the CT General Assembly, the with the support of Connecticut Humanities and the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the federal ARPA.

Why visit a museum with my family? A visit to a museum provides a special opportunity that can positively impact mental health, demonstrably improve learning outcomes among children and youth, and offer positive activities and outlets in many of the neighborhoods, towns, and cities that we serve.

Exhibitions at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum include:

“Caught in the Crosshairs: The Secret of the Norden Bombsight” curated by Judith Bacal

“Destination Norwalk: African-American Migration from the South, 1940 – 1970” curated by Kathleen Motes Bennewitz

“Eating off the Landscape: The Farrington-Lockwood Dessert Service” and “Form, Function, Family: Silver from the Norwalk Historical Society and City of Norwalk Collections” both curated by Elizabeth Pratt Fox

“Margaret Hoyt Smith Norwalk’s First Female Architect” curated by Lynn Friedman

“New Deal, New Day: WPA Artists at Work and Play” curated by Valerie A. Cooper

“Norwalk Collects: Celebrating Four Historic Collections” curated by Elizabeth Pratt Fox

“Norwalk: Portrait of Diversity” co-curated by Leslie Korzennik & Scott Kuykendall with photography by the late Tony Velez

“Self and the World: Experiencing Photography in 19th-Century Norwalk” curated by Elizabeth Avery

The Norwalk Historical Society Museum’s Gift Shop will be open during self-guided tour hours. The gift shop showcases the work of local artists and features an eclectic array of distinctive merchandise including home decor, paintings, mixed media art, photography, jewelry, books, clothing, vintage-inspired toys, pottery as well as Norwalk Historical Society logo wear.

The Norwalk Historical Society Museum is located at 141 East Avenue. The front entrance is accessible from the Norwalk City Hall parking area at 125 East Avenue. The Museum is in the red brick house with blue double front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Department.

All sales are final. No refunds.

Norwalk Historical Society Museum Visitor Guidelines

The health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, and staff are our highest priority. Therefore, we continue to implement the State of Connecticut's regulations, CDC guidelines, and industry standards for best museum practices during the ongoing pandemic with the following rules and measures established for your visit.


• Masks are optional for VACCINATED visitors.

Masks are highly recommended for UNVACCINATED visitors.


• We will be limiting the number of visitors to facilitate safe social distancing using timed and delayed entry.

• Social distancing shall be required for all staff, volunteers and visitors. Social distancing means keeping 6 feet apart from guests, docents, and staff at all times during your visit.

• Bathrooms will accommodate 1 person at any given time.

• Only two people will be allowed in the elevator at a time.


• The Norwalk Historical Society will make hand sanitizer available at entrances, exits and common areas.

• We are taking precautions in cleaning common areas with EPA approved cleaning products. Sanitary wipes and trash cans will be available in the restrooms to avoid direct contact on commonly used surfaces.

• All visitors will have to agree to these regulations before purchasing tickets to the Norwalk Historical Society Museum.

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