Spreading Holiday Cheer at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum

by admin on August 16, 2014


Spreading Holiday Cheer

at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

10:00am – 6:00pm

Admission is free and open to the public!

Enjoy warm apple cider and holiday cookies


Spread some holiday cheer by bringing a canned food item

to donate to The Open Door Shelter in Norwalk


Explore the new exhibit!

Self and the World: Experiencing Photography in 19th-Century Norwalk


Visit the Museum shop for one-of-a kind hand crafted items by Fairfield County artists

Norwalk Historical Society themed items

books, vintage children’s  toys & games




New Exhibit!

Curated by Elizabeth Avery
Graphic design by Scott Kuykendall

The exhibit explores how everyday Norwalkers used and experienced photography in the second half of the 19th century.  Beginning with the daguerreotype invented in 1839 through the rise of amateur photography around the turn of the 20th century.  Although this history is not unique to Norwalk, the exhibit will tell the story of early photography through images of Norwalk residents and objects owned by Norwalkers.

View never before seen daguerreotypes, family portraits, cartes de visite photographs, plate glass negatives and an original early Kodak camera, which help tell the story of the early age of photography and its influence on the people of Norwalk.  Also on display are 19th century stereoscopes (stereo viewers) which were America’s most popular form of entertainment in the 1800′s and 1900′s. Visitors will have an opportunity to touch and view stereo cards through a modern 21st century stereoscope.  The role of the photographer is also celebrated, which includes a female amateur photographer Ada Betts, African-American photographer Augusts Washington and American Civil War photographer Edward Tompkins Whitney.

Norwalk Historical Society Museum
141 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT
Located in the red brick house with blue double front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Dept.
Parking available on Norwalk City Hall campus, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT


See, hear, explore 60 points of interest around town

The Norwalk Arts Commission invites the public to download a new free mobile audio guide featuring 60 points of interest around Norwak using the Otocast app.

According to Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, “Cultural tourism is a growing segment of our economy and we want visitors to enjoy themselves when they come to Norwalk. These self-guided tours provide a free and easy way to enjoy Norwalk’s many attractions. I am certain that everyone who tries the tours will find them to be fun and interesting.” Besides the Arts Commission, the mobile audio guide received support from the Department of Parks and Recreation, Norwalk Public Library, the Redevelopment Agency, the Parking Authority, and the Historical Commission.

For information contact: Elizabeth Stocker estocker@norwalkct.org (203) 854-7948


Norwalk Historical Society Museum


141 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT
Entry only from the  Norwalk City Hall parking lot, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT
Museum is in the red brick house with double blue front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Department

Museum Hours

Wednesday – Saturday , Noon – 4:00pm. Except holidays and special events


Please click here for current admission prices



Norwalk Collects: Celebrating Four Historic Collections

Curated by Elizabeth Pratt Fox

The exhibit celebrates the collection of the Norwalk Historical Society, Norwalk Village Green Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Lockwood Family Collection and Norwalk Museum.
Thirty objects were selected as samples of the range of the collection


Norwalk: Portrait of  Diversity

Photography by Tony Velez

Norwalk reflects nearly every aspect of the American immigrant experience.  Who are they?
How have they changed Norwalk? How has Norwalk changed them?
Experience the diversity of the people of Norwalk, through a photographer’s lens.


Eating off the Landscape: The Farrington-Lockwood Dessert Service

Curated by Elizabeth Pratt Fox

The exhibit highlights the exquisite French porcelain dessert service (1873) from the Farrington-Lockwood collection. Twenty-one pieces were selected, each hand-painted with English scenes and famous buildings, including St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London and Windsor Castle.


Museum Gift Shop

See items from the Artist of the Month
The Norwalk Historical Society Museum gift shop is light filled and inviting!  Our shop showcases the work of over 15 Connecticut artists and features an eclectic array of distinctive merchandise:
  • Home decor, paintings, mixed media art, photography, greeting cards, jewelry, ornaments, books, housewares, clothing, accessories, vintage-inspired toys, pottery and more
  • Plus, you’ll find Norwalk Historical Society logo wear: handmade linen tote bags, aprons, dish towels, t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts and soaps
Featured Connecticut Artists and Artisans
Another Bright Idea, Britt Bair, Betty Ball, Butterfly Rouge, D54 Studio, Erin Dolan Art Studio,
Elemental Images, Hanneke Goedkoop, Heavens To Betsy!, Kiki & Pooky Ltd., Komfort Zone, Made in Bridgeport, Nod Hill Soaps,
Peaceful Places Photo, Karen Ponelli, Southern Yankee, T Party Antiques, Torn Edges, Katie’s Pottery, Tidings Sea Glass Designs

Hours: Wed. – Sat., Noon -4pm

Enter from the Norwalk City Hall (125 East Avenue) parking area.  Look for the red brick house with blue double front doors.


Mill Hill Historic Park

2 East Wall Street
Norwalk, CT  06851

Located at the top of a hill near the Head of the Norwalk Harbor South

On site

1835 Town House (Meeting House)

1826 Schoolhouse (Little Red Schoolhouse)

c.1740 Governor Fitch Law Office

Mill Hill Cemetery (Town House cemetery) – 3rd oldest in Norwalk

Herb Garden


The Mill Hill Historic Park grounds are open year round  Sunrise to Sunset.

The buildings are open May through November during special events and by appointment for group tours (6 or more people)


Please click here for current admission prices



info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org ~ 203-846-0525

Mailing Address: Norwalk Historical Society,  P.O. Box 1640, Norwalk, CT  06852

Administrative Offices: Norwalk Historical Society Museum, 141 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT  06852

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