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Danbury Museum & Historical Society

43 Main St, Danbury, CT 06810-8011
+1 203-743-5200
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Local museum brings Danbury history to life

This is a wonderful local museum with seasonally changing exhibits and mainstay feature exhibits on... read more

Reviewed 10 March 2018
Hatterpride
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Danbury, Connecticut
History of Danbury.

This is a good place to visit and learn about Danbury and the surrounding areas. The hatting... read more

Reviewed 24 December 2017
Mark D
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Danbury, Connecticut, United States
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The Danbury Museum & Historical Society Authority acquires, preserves, exhibits, and interprets Danbury's past. Situated in downtown Danbury, the museum preserves the John and Mary rider House 9c.1785), the Dodd Hat Shop (c. 1790), the Marian Anderson Studio, the old King Street Schoolhouse, the Little Red Schoolhouse and the Charles Ives Birthplace. Huntington Hall, a modern exhibit building contains the museum offices and a research library. The Danbury Museum and Historical Society has evolved out of efforts to preserve endangered historic properties. One of the City's oldest structures, the Rider House on Main Street, would have been demolished in 1941 to make way for a gas station had it not been for the intervention of concerned citizens (including the Mary Wooster DAR Chapter). After raising money to purchase this property, these citizens found the Danbury Historical and Arts Center. A merger, in 1947, between the Scott-Fanton Museum and the Danbury Historical and Arts Center, saw the creation of the Danbury Scott Fanton Museum & Historical Society Inc. During the 1950's and 60's, the museum acquired the John Dodd Shop, the Ward House, the Charles Ives birthplace, two one room schoolhouses and erected Huntington Hall, where many of its exhibits have been displayed. In 2004, theMuseum was thrilled to add the Marian Anderson Studio to its collection. Famed opera singer Marian Anderson lived in danbury for over 50 years. It was moved to the Main Street campus of the museum in 1999. Restoration of the studio was completed in early 2004. 2006 saw the merger of the Danbury Scott Fanton Museum with the City of Danbury and a new entity was born on July 1, 2008 . . . the Danbury Museum and Historical Society Authority. Tours of the historic buildings on our Main Street campus are available on Saturdays only from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during the winter season. Check our website regularly for updates, news and events or to sign up for our email newsletter.
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43 Main St, Danbury, CT 06810-8011
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

This is a wonderful local museum with seasonally changing exhibits and mainstay feature exhibits on a beautifully maintained campus.of historical and reproduction buildings. Visit Marian Anderson's studio and see artifacts from the life of the first African-American opera singer to perform with the Metropolitan Opera....More

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Reviewed 24 December 2017

This is a good place to visit and learn about Danbury and the surrounding areas. The hatting industry was a major part of the city and you can learn a lot about Danbury in general.

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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

I cannot recommend strongly enough the value of the Danbury Museum on lower Main Street toward South. Run by an excellent director, Brigid, and her dedicated and helpful staff, the museum regularly puts on great exhibits that illuminate Danbury’s colorful history. Most recently I saw...More

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Reviewed 10 July 2017

Just a great place. All you need to know about Danbury, Connecticut. the people that work there are the best. just ask and they will tell you anything about the great city of Danbury, Connecticut. So many photo's You will enjoy your day there

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Reviewed 4 March 2017

Excellent way to learn the history of Danbury CT. It is a wonderful collection of antiques and homes in the downtown area of the city. Excellent for groups, families and individuals.

Thank Linda S
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Reviewed 18 August 2016

The main house is OK but nothing special. But the history of the area’s hatting industry and Marian Anderson’s Studio and history make it worth a visit. Also sponsors a number of activities.

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Reviewed 25 April 2016

My husband is a history teacher and he has used this site to teach his High School students about the history of Danbury. What a great resource for research as well.

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Reviewed 11 April 2016

Danbury has such an incredibly rich and exciting hidden history! Where better to learn all about it than the Danbury Museum! Stop in and meet the friendly and knowledgeable staff, check out the gift shop, see where Marian Anderson rehearsed and learn about hatting! A...More

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Reviewed 31 March 2016

Growing up in Danbury, this place had many things to bring back great memories of the old Danbury. It is not packed full of things....I wish they had more....but it was very interesting and fun to look at what they had.

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Reviewed 27 February 2016

We knew it by the name of "The Scott Fanton Museum" as kids. Now, it is a place to learn about our history and how we have come to be Danbury!. Bridget and Dianne are awesome at telling our history! They are mesmerizing!More

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DHdmhs, Research Specialist at Danbury Museum & Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 29 February 2016

Thanks very much for your glowing review of The Danbury Museum & Historical Society. You are welcome to visit anytime for our tour, a visit to the archives, an exhibit or other special event program. Your enthusiasm for the museum and local history is greatly...More

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