The former Chase Brass Mill in Waterbury. Photo courtesy of the Waterbury Development Corporation.
The Naugatuck Valley is home to many industrial inventions, including vulcanized rubber and Naugahide upholstery, as well as some more familiar innovations including Mounds and Almond Joy candy bars and even the wiffle ball!
Mattatuck Museum, Arts & History Center (Waterbury)
The Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury is the only combined museum, arts and history center in the Valley.
Photo courtesy of the Mattatuck Museum.
144 West Main Street, Waterbury, CT 06702
For more information about the museum call (203) 753-0381 or visit their website.
The Railroad Museum of New England (Thomaston)
242 East Main Street, Thomaston, CT
Photo courtesy of the Railroad Museum of New England
Directions and more information about the museum can be found on the website: http://www.rmne.org/volunteer/index.php or by calling (860) 283-RAIL (860-283-7245).
The Thomaston Opera House (Thomaston)
158 Main Street, Thomaston, CT 06787
Photo courtesy of the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism
Timexpo Museum (Waterbury)
The Timexpo Museum in Waterbury, CT. Photo courtesy of the Housatonic Valley Association.
175 Union Street, Waterbury, CT 06706
Open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00a-5:00p
Visitors to the Timex Museum in Waterbury will learn about the history of Timex - which dates all the way back to 1854! - as well as much more! Learn about Waterbury Clock’s many time-related inventions as you view their collection of clocks and pocket watches manufactured in Waterbury starting in the mid-1800s. Witness the impact of economics, marketing, major historical events and innovations as you journey through the history of clock making in the region and the resulting modern day technologies. And while you're there, don't forget to journey through the Time Tunnel back to the ancient world and marvel over the mysteries of Easter Island and connections across the seas in the “Coincidences or Connections” exhibit. You can also visit the water table, a model of the Pacific Ocean, where you can experiment sailing boats with and against the currents or learn about the Mounds of North America and their relationship to other mounds and pyramids around the world.
The museum hosts a variety of special events, including informative, hands-on presentations and activities for visitors of all ages. The museum is also available for use as a venue for parties, fundraisers, or meetings. For more information and a listing of upcoming events, call (203) 755-3807 or visit the Timexpo Museum website: http://www.timexpo.com/index.html.
Historical Society Offices & Museums
Derby and Ansonia Historical Society Office
Sarah Riggs Humphreys House, 37 Elm Street, Ansonia , CT
Open Monday-Friday 1:00-4:00p
The Derby and Ansonia Historical Society's office is located on Elm Street in Ansonia. The office is open during weekdays from 1-4p. Make sure to check out the links on the Historical Society's website to internet videos called “Looking Up, A View from the Valley.” These videos are a great summary of the history of Derby and how it has grown into the town it is today. For more information contact the Society at (203) 735-1908 or email@example.com.
Seymour Historical Society Museum
59 West Street, Seymour, CT
Open for tours or historic and genealogy research by appointment
The museum is located on West Street in Seymour and is open by appointment for tours or historic and genealogy research. Make sure to check out the program calendar on the Society's website for news about upcoming programs and events! To learn more about the museum contact the Society at (203) 888-7471or firstname.lastname@example.org .
195 Water Street, Naugatuck, CT 06770
Open Friday Noon-4:00p and Saturdays 10:00a-2:00p
The Naugatuck Historical Society Museum is located at 195 Water Street in Naugatuck. Upcoming events can be found by clicking the “Events & Programs” link of the left side of the historical society's website. To learn more contact the Society at (203) 729-9039.
Watertown Historical Society and Museum
22 Deforest Street, Watertown, CT 06795
Open Wednesdays 2:00p- 4:00p or By Appointment
Thomaston Historical Society and Museum
Level 6 of the Town Hall, 158 Main Street, Thomaston, CT
Open by appointment