Connecticut is more than just the southernmost state of New England.
It is a state full of rich, unique cultural and artistic history. If traveling through the state in seek of unusual spots to visit, consider checking these out.
Conny the Whale: West Harford
Located outside of the Children’s Museum in West Hartford, Connecticut is a sculpture of a sperm whale. “Conny,” is a 60-foot long replica through which children and parents can climb and play. From inside the sculpture whale sounds can be heard and in the summer months he blows water from a blow hole. The whale has been a family favorite of visitors and members of the museum for nearly 40 years. Made from a combination of iron and cement, the sculpture was built by volunteers from the Cetacean Society in the late 1970s. To see photos or to plan a trip to the museum, check out thechildrensmuseumct.org.
Button Museum: Waterbury
If you find yourself near Waterbury, Connecticut looking for something interesting and off the beaten path, swing over to the Button Museum. It may seem like an odd item to build a whole museum around, however, buttons have been a mainstay of the region’s economy since the late 18th century. The museum considers each button to be a work of art, whether it is a simple button off a shirt or a painted button made of glass or porcelain. The Museum was assembled over 60 years ago and has been actively maintained over the years. Check out the website mattauckmuseum.org, to see more and to get the hours of operation.
Museum of Natural and Other Curiosities: Hartford
Perhaps one of the most interesting things about Connecticut is the sense of history and tradition with which is associated. The Museum of Natural and Other Curiosities in Hartford is an excellent representation of a city maintaining connections to days gone by. Originally opened to the public in 1797, the Museum has been through a number of incarnations, owners, and locations through the years. There was a period of time where the museum was not actively in business, but in the 1990s it was reassembled, with a few of the original exhibits and some that were recreated to resemble the originals. Displays include a two-headed pig, a two-headed calf, a giant lobster claw as well as a group of rare butterflies and exoskeletons of horseshoe crabs on display. Hours of operation vary and can be verified by calling 860-522-6766.