These are the Top Museums in CT to Visit this Year

Top Museums CT

There is so much rich culture and history to discover in Connecticut, that it’s no surprise there are so many lovely museums in CT to visit. From all genres of art, historical events, buildings and monuments to industry and technology, there’s something to learn everywhere. Many are in unconventional spaces, like on the marina or at an old railroad station.

Our Mystic, CT Bed and Breakfast, located in the Southeastern corner of the state, is a nice little road trip from New York or Boston. It’s a perfect getaway from the city, and exploring the museums in CT will be an educational addition to your trip away for some quiet and reflection. Which you’ll also find in abundance on the grounds and private suites of our Stonecroft Country Inn.

The past year has be trying for all of us, at least there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel, but here at our Mystic Bed and Breakfast, we’re still taking all the necessary precautions to protect our guests and staff. We’re noted as one of the “Stay Safe, Stay Select” locations, which can help alleviate any of the worries you might have about travel accommodations. Start your getaway of exploring the museums of CT by booking your room with us today.

Top museums in CT

Explore these 10 Top Museums in CT on Your Getaway

Whether you’re on a quick romantic weekend away from the city or a leisurely vacation with friends and family, checking out some of the best museums in CT is great way to spend your time. Planning an afternoon at an art gallery, quietly examining portraits and landscapes can clear your head and reset your mind for everyday life.

Make sure to double check museum websites for hours and possible closures, as most have set reopening dates planned for spring. Here are 10 museums in CT to add to your list of activities while you stay with us at our Mystic Bed and Breakfast:

  1. Mystic Seaport Museum: For those who have an affinity for sailing vessels and all things maritime, this living history museum in CT on the marina was the first maritime museum in the US. It consists of 60 historic buildings meticulously maintained and preserved and many varieties of sailing ships and antique boats. Just under 15 minutes from our Bed and Breakfast this is a must-do to add to your itinerary.
  2. Mystic Museum of Art: Also just a quick ride into downtown Mystic from our Inn, this classic museum in CT has a lovely permanent collection from predominately American artists which represents the style and tone of work from this part of the country.
  3. Essex Steam Train & Riverboat: This attraction in the Essex area, only about 30 minutes from our B&B, is a museum on wheels and waterway. The pristine vintage steam train takes you through the Connecticut River Valley by New England towns, tidal wetlands and natural habitats for local flora and fauna. The Riverboat ride brings you even closer to wildlife and the beautiful rocky shoreline.
  4. Connecticut River Museum: After a ride on the river, stop here for even more info. This is one of the more wholesome museums in CT, perfect for an afternoon of leisurely walking through the exhibits. Learn more about the river that flows through the Connecticut Valley, the Essex Bald Eagles and even climb aboard a recreation of a 1614 ship for a sail in the fresh air.
  5. Mark Twain House & Museum: If you’re planning on making a day trip out to Hartford, CT during your stay with us there are many museums and attractions, but don’t miss this historical tour of the famous author Mark Twain’s home. It’s one of the best museums in CT due to the amazing architecture and exotic interior designed by Tiffany & Co artists which are mesmerizing and memorable.
  6. Yale University Art Gallery: Roaming the grounds of this historical University feels like being taken back into the past and transported to that old New England feel. In the art gallery here, you’ll find a large multi-genre collection of art spanning centuries with more than 4,000 works (one of the largest collections of all the museums in CT), as well as a rooftop terrace and sculpture garden.
  7. The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Birdcraft Museum: A scenic hour drive from our Mystic Bed and Breakfast to Fairfield, CT brings you to a Bird Sanctuary and Museum on beautiful grounds with gardens and ponds designed specifically to attract the local feathered friends. You’ll find plenty of outdoor space for an al fresco lunch set to the tune of birdsong.
  8. The Submarine Force Museum and the USS Nautilus: Tour America’s first nuclear submarine up close and personal. As well as getting to explore an actual historical military sub, the museum offers fun scavenger hunt options for exploring the exhibits. This is one of the better museums in CT for folks especially interested in military and Naval history.
  9. Stamford Museum & Nature Center: There is something for everyone at this outdoor adventure center, from the observatory and planetarium, to the Bendel Mansion and otter pond. With more than 80 acres of nature trails to discover too, we suggest you pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it.
  10. Florence Griswold Museum: This is one of the best museums in CT especially for the serious art enthusiasts and collectors. Beautifully situated next to the Lieutenant River, this grouping of impressive buildings was residence to the Lyme Art Colony and often referred to as the home of American Impressionism.

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Enjoy the Best Lodging at Our Mystic Bed and Breakfast

Day trips out to explore the pretty Connecticut countryside and the many museums in CT are just the icing on the cake of a stay at our Mystic Bed and Breakfast. Immerse yourself in history when you stay in one of our four extraordinary guest suites in our 1807 House, you’ll see the past in the antique and restored details, cozy wood burning fireplaces, even down to the wide plank floors.

Our amenities are updated and modern, so there will be no compromising comfort for an old-fashioned atmosphere. A stay in our Yellow Barn, which houses the other six guest suites of the Inn, is romantic and private. Perhaps your best choice for a special intimate getaway, the Shubel Master Suite, with a plush California king, double whirlpool soaking tub in a spacious bathroom and a private balcony for your morning coffee.

Before you head out on your day of viewing at any of the amazing museums in CT, let us take care of your first meal of the day. Our homemade French toast and Benedict breakfasts, served in the Yellow Barn dining area or outdoors on the stone terrace, will be a memorable part of your stay with us. Start planning your next getaway to the Connecticut countryside and book your room today! 

For the 5th year in a row, we are ranked as one of the top 10 Bed and Breakfasts in Connecticut on TripAdvisor.