Museums, galleries and organizations statewide will be offering free admission, prizes, special offers and activities for kids on Saturday to celebrate Connecticut’s annual Open House Day.
There will be more than 180 participants, and several Hartford locations including the Butler-McCook House, the Old State House, the Wadsworth Atheneum and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center will be offering free admission. The Connecticut Historical Society will offer free admission to its exhibits.
The history, art and tourism participants this year hope to attract visitors from inside and outside the state, and Robert Kinney, the outreach services librarian at the Connecticut State Library, said he hopes the library’s free admission and giveaways Saturday attract crowds.
“I’m really excited and looking forward to meeting new people and introducing them to the library and what it has to offer,” Kinney said. “We’ll be offering special tours and have our World War I exhibit up.”
The Amistad Center for Art & Culture will offer free admission in conjunction with a celebration of the 153rd anniversary of Juneteenth, which marks the abolition of slavery in the United States. The theme for this year’s Juneteenth Family Day is “Strength in Community.” Stacey Queen, education associate at the Amistad Center, said there couldn’t be a better day to celebrate.
“We’re looking forward to it being a really fun day for the entire community,” said Queen.
The Amistad Center will have free guided tours throughout the day, snacks, arts and crafts and face-painting for children in addition to performances by the Sonia Plumb Dance Company, Connecticut’s Slam Poetry Team and drumming by Jocelyn Pleasant.
Hartford Stage will be offering a 25 percent discount for admission to the 2 p.m. or 8 p.m. performances of “A Lesson from Aloes” and the Mark Twain House, Real Art Ways and the Isham-Terry House will also offer discounted admission.
Tracy Shirer, director of marketing and public relations at the Connecticut Science Center, said the center will be offering $5 off admission for state residents on Saturday. Attractions include an appearance by Curious George and the center’s “Bionic Me” exhibit.
“It’s a great day to visit the Connecticut Science Center,” Shirer said. “But I’d say find a museum that you’ve never been to — whether it’s us or somewhere else — because it’s a great event to take advantage of, and we’re so glad to be a part of it.”