Hartford and the Connecticut River Valley

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  • 1. Connecticut Science Center

    Museum/Gallery

    This strikingly modern building, designed by world-renowned architect César Pelli, houses 40,000 square feet of exhibit space under a wavelike...Read More

  • 2. Mark Twain House and Museum

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Built in 1874, this building was the home of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (better known as Mark Twain) until 1891. In the time he and his family...Read More

  • 3. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

    Museum/Gallery

    Following a five-year, $33 million renovation project (completed in 2015), the nation's oldest public art museum now has a fresh face. The first...Read More

  • 4. Bushnell Park

    Park/Playground

    Fanning out from the State Capitol building, this city park, created in 1850, was the first public space in the country with natural landscaping...Read More

  • 5. Butler-McCook Homestead

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Built in 1782, this was home to four generations of Butlers and McCooks until it became a museum in 1971. Today, it houses Hartford's oldest...Read More

  • 6. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Abolitionist and author Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–96) spent her final years at this 1871 Victorian Gothic cottage, now a popular stop on the...Read More

  • 7. Noah Webster House

    House/Mansion/Villa

    This 18th-century farmhouse is the birthplace of the famed author (1758–1843) of the American Dictionary. Inside you'll find Webster memorabilia...Read More

  • 8. Old State House

    Government Building

    This Federal-style house with an elaborate cupola and roof balustrade was designed in the early 1700s by Charles Bulfinch, architect of the...Read More

  • 9. State Capitol

    Government Building

    The gold-leaf dome of the State Capitol rises above Bushnell Park. Built in 1878, the building houses the state's executive offices and legislative...Read More

  • 10. The New Children's Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    A life-size walk-through replica of a 60-foot sperm whale greets patrons at this museum. Located in West Hartford, the museum also has a wildlife...Read More

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