Danbury Museums Have a Zero Dollar Entrance Fee This Summer
Connecticut's "Summer at the Museum" program is back for 2022.
They say "if it's free, it's for me" and if that sounds like you, I've got the deal of a lifetime. The Summer at the Museum program was a COVID-19 initiative that was put into place in 2021. The program was explained "as a way of providing children with engaging summer enrichment and learning experiences."
It was such a hit, CT Governor Ned Lamont decided to bring it back this year. The "Summer at the Museum" is underway, it began on July 1st, and it runs until September 5th. Just like every "free experience", this one comes with fine print. These are the things you'll need to know to take part:
- Connecticut children age 18 and under plus one accompanying Connecticut resident adult can visit participating museums free of charge through the Connecticut Summer at the Museum program.
- Participating museums have discretion to administer the CT Summer at the Museum program to the best of their ability and according to their needs. Certain restrictions may apply and capacity may be limited. (i.e. limit to one adult per household, block-out dates, exclusions for special events, etc.) Be sure to check with each museum to learn of any restrictions before visiting.
- The children and the accompanying adult must reside in Connecticut.
- Proof of residency may be required (i.e. CT driver's license or ID card) by a participating museum.
- Please make sure you check each museum for online advance ticketing and reservations, as they may be required.
- This program is geared towards families exploring together, not large camp groups.
- This program may not be used for group visits, such as visits from camps, youth groups, scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, etc.
Check this link for additional information. Below are some of the local participating museums in our area, including the Hat City museums.
- Danbury Museum, Danbury
- Danbury Railway Museum, Danbury
- EverWonder Children's Museum, Newtown
- Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport
- Keeler Tavern Museum, Ridgefield
- Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk
- Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Norwalk
- Norwalk Historical Society, Norwalk
- Norwalk Seaport Association, Norwalk
- Sacred Heart University’s Discovery Science Center and Planetarium, Bridgeport
- Harrybrooke Park, New Milford
We participated in this program last year and visited two of the museums on the list, it was a great time for the kids and the right price for mom and dad. You should call in advance to make certain the museums are fully participating in the program just to be sure.