Defunct Museums & Visits

Such a bummer – and moreso when I realize that this list will continue to grow. Of course this list is from fairly recent closures, as I’m sure there have been many other museums come and gone over the centuries. I figure I’ll limit this list to the post-Internet boomtime. So why does CTMQ care? I figure it’s always good to give these places their due and some of them have rather interesting stories to be honest. How they came to be – and how they came to not be. Still worth learning about – and even strangely, visiting. Sort of.

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Horse Guard Cavalry Museum, Avon, RIP

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Defunct “Visits”:

Visit 1. Museum of American Political Life, West Hartford
Visit 2. Horse Guard Cavalry Museum, Avon
Visit 3. The Rosa Ponselle Museum, Meriden
Visit 4. The Frank Chiarenza Museum of Glass, Meriden
Visit 5. National Shaving and Barbershop Museum, Meriden
Visit 6. The Farm Implement Museum, Bloomfield
Visit 7. The Hitchcock Museum, Riverton
Visit 8. Somers Mtn Museum of Natural History and Primitive Technology, Somers
Visit 9. The Winchester Center Kerosene Lamp Museum, Winchester
Visit 10. Submarine Library and Museum, Middletown
Visit 11. Menczer Museum of Medicine & Dentistry, Hartford (Visited before closure)
Visit 12. Pardee-Morris House, New Haven (now open again)
Visit 13. Golden Age of Trucking Museum, Middlebury (Visited before closure)
Visit 14. Holley-Williams House, Salisbury
Visit 15. The Children’s Garbage Museum, Stratford (Visited before closure)
Visit 16. Charles Ives Birthplace Museum, Danbury
Visit 17. Norwalk Museum, Norwalk
Visit 18. New England Muscle Bicycle Museum, Bloomfield (Visited before closure)

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Not-Yet-Visited Defunct List:

Aetna Insurance Museum, Hartford
Travelers Insurance Museum, Hartford
New England Center for Contemporary Art, Brooklyn
National Purple Heart Museum, Enfield – proposed museum, never completed
Connecticut Sports Hall of Fame, Hartford
Hartford Police Museum, Hartford
Magee Automobile Museum, Middlefield – Info
Nut Museum, Old Lyme
Moses Andrew Homestead, Meriden
Silver Museum, Meriden – probable re-open
Science EpiCenter & DNA Learning Center, New London
John Baldwin House, Norwich (now a private home)
Nehemiah Royce House Museum, Wallingford
Huntington House Museum, Windsor
Photomobile Model Museum, Woodstock

One response to “Defunct Museums & Visits”

  1. Catarina says:

    The Children’s Garbage museum in Stratford also Closed last summer.

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