Old State House

The historic Old State House was completed in 1796 and is the birthplace of the Connecticut state government. Visit to see the historic architecture, paintings, and other objects that are a part of Hartford’s history, including Mark Twain’s bicycle and a 1912 fire engine! Self-guided and guided tours are available, including hands-on history programs. The third floor of the Old State House is home to a recreation of Steward’s Hartford Museum of Natural Curiosities & Paintings.

contact info

Hrs: Mon.-Fri. 10AM-5PM.

School

Through objects, discussion, and activities, students can learn the roles the Old State House has played in over 200 years of history. They can explore the 3 branches of government, learn about historical laws, and discuss important court cases like the Prudence Crandall trial. Other topics include the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, the Atlantic slave trade, and the legend of Connecticut's iconic Charter Oak. Younger students will love exploring the exhibit History Is All Around Us, and going on a scavenger hunt. Have a joint visit with the Wadsworth Atheneum to explore the architecture of the Old State House and its classical connections; at the museum, teachers may then select the Connecticut People & Places or American Art tour for their group.

supports classroom learning in:
Social Studies, Visual Arts

topics covered:
American history, American Revolution, architecture, Civil War, government, law, visual art.

contact info
Name: Jacob Orcutt
Phone: 860-522-6766 ext. 18.
Email: jacob.orcutt@cga.ct.gov

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School Group Size: Varies. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 45 minutes-2 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Online, Phone, Email. Food Options: Picnic area available. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: n/a. Accessible To: n/a.

Old State House

The historic Old State House was completed in 1796 and is the birthplace of the Connecticut state government. Visit to see the historic architecture, paintings, and other objects that are a part of Hartford’s history, including Mark Twain’s bicycle and a 1912 fire engine! Self-guided and guided tours are available, including hands-on history programs. The third floor of the Old State House is home to a recreation of Steward’s Hartford Museum of Natural Curiosities & Paintings.

contact info

Hrs: Mon.-Fri. 10AM-5PM.

Camp

Campers will find many exhibits to enjoy during a self-guided or guided visit to the Old State House. Activities in the History Is All Around Us exhibit let them learn about government, inventions, and historical figures from 300 years of Hartford’s history. They can play in a replica of the Charter Oak, study history through murals, design their own state house, and much more. They can also enjoy the reopened Steward’s Hartford Museum, a private museum of oddities that opened in the Old State House in 1796. Here, they can see items such as wax figures, a two-headed calf, stuffed animals, a whale’s tooth, and more.

topics covered:
American history, American Revolution, architecture, government, visual art

contact info
Name: Old State House
Phone: 860-522-6766.

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: Varies. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 45 minutes-2 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: n/a.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: n/a.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: n/a. Registration: Online, Phone, Email. Food Options: Picnic area available. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: n/a. Accessible To: n/a.

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