Clarion Inn Bradley Airport
161 Bridge Street
East Windsor, CT 06088
Phone: (860) 623-9411
Fax: (860) 623-2145
Arts & Museums
The New England Air Museum is a facility dedicated to showcase the wonders of the aerospace world. Located at the Bradley International Airport, it was built in 1959. It is home to 26 helicopters, 66 airplanes and other flight-related paraphernalia. This museum also conducts an array of events to keeps the visitors entertained and engaged. The premises are available on rental basis for private events.
The New England Civil War Museum in Rockville, Connecticut is located east of Hartford and is a wonderful small, volunteer-run museum dedicated to the role of New England and its inhabitants during the Civil War. It is housed inside of a lovely brick structure, Memorial Building, built in 1890 to honor veteran Union soldiers. The museum houses three different collections:the Hirst Brothers Collection of the 14th Connecticut Infantry, the Weston Collection of the 4th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry and the Thomas F. Burpee Collection of the 21st Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. Visitors can check out the exhibits on the second and fourth Sunday of the month.
The Phelps Tavern Museum is located within the Captain Elisha Phelps House. David Phelps constructed the house in 1711, and later in 1771, his son Elisha made further additions to the house. Since its construction, the edifice has served as a home, hotel, meeting hall and tavern. It is now owned by the Simsbury Historical Society and operated as a museum.
Storrowton Village is a living history museum located on the Eastern States Exposition fairgrounds. The antique buildings around the mini-town within the fairgrounds recreate a New England town during the 19th Century. The Village is primarily open during the summer months and gets the most visitors of the year during The Big E fair. Take a tour, and have a costumed volunteer docent answer your questions about Storrowton Village, or enjoy a meal at the Storrowton Tavern.
Founded in 1959, the present facility of the Basketball Hall of Fame was opened in 2002 in a gorgeously modern building shaped like a basketball. Located on three floors, the museum houses a large collection of sports memorabilia, exhibits, and more dedicated to athletes and teams from around the world, as well as other innovators, coaches, commentators and referees. At the end of your self-guided tour, shoot some baskets on the regulation-size court at a variety of hoops, ranging from the wooden headboards of the 1890s to the fiberglass models of the 21st Century.
Started in 1796, way before Ripley's came into the picture, Joseph Steward, a painter and a museum curator, put up a small exhibition of his curiosity cabinet. The collection became so popular that Mr. Steward had to shift it to a much bigger mansion. Reopened to the public in the '90s, the museum now features rare oddities like peculiar birds, a huge lobster claw, a scary mummified hand, most of which were a part of Steward's original collection. The newest addition and perhaps, the most fascinating of them all is a stuffed two-headed calf that steals the show.
One of the nation's oldest state houses, Hartford's Old State House dates back to 1796 and is on the site of the original structure built in 1637. A Federal-style building designed by famed architect Thomas Bulfinch, the Old State House has been restored on numerous occasions and has been on the list of National Historic Landmarks since 1966. Even though it has not served the Connecticut government since the construction of the new State Capitol building since 1872, the Old State House is a must-see for families and those interested in the history of the Constitution State.
The Connecticut Science Center is where kids can get immerse themselves in Forensics, Physics, Astronomy and Geology, by spending time in the stunning 3-D theater and educational laboratories. Over 150 interactive exhibits are up for viewing. Parts of the venue can be hired for children's birthday parties, seminars and luncheons where catering is taken care of. Check website for more details.
Connecticut Historical Society was established in Hartford in 1825. It is the official state historical society and is one of the oldest of its kind in the United States. The primary mission of the society is to inspire and develop interest in history through exhibitions, programs and Connecticut-related collections. It also features one of the largest costume and textile collections in New England. It also has a research center with over 270,000 artifacts and graphics, and over 100,000 books and pamphlets.
One of the best museums in the Northeast, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art houses some of the finest small collections of European art in the country. Fine Renaissance and Modern art by Caravaggio, Lorrain, Picasso, Degas, Cézanne, van Dyck, Monet, Van Gogh and Manet line the walls. One of the most outstanding collections at the museum is that of the Hudson River School and late 19th-century oil and watercolors from local artists. Open since 1842, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is the oldest public art museum in the United States.
The Pan African Historical Museum USA, also called PAHMUSA, is an interesting museum that explores the history of African and African American cultures. Stroll through the exhibits and view beautiful modern and historical artwork and interesting artifacts. On Saturdays you can schedule an appointment to go on the African American Heritage Trail Tour. This informative walking tour starts at the museum and takes you around the city to learn about Springfield's role in the Underground Railroad.
Springfield's Museum of Fine Arts includes collections of fine works by some of the world's greatest painters and sculptors. Highlights of the permanent collection include works by Monet, Gauguin, Degas, Pissarro, and Renoir, 19th-and 20th-century Japanese prints, and modern artworks by O'Keefe. The Fine Arts Museum also boasts the only permanent collection of Currier & Ives lithographs.