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Best Free Museums in Hartford

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Nestled in the campus of University of Connecticut, William Benton Museum of Art is one of most popular art museums in Connecticut. This museum has been operating since 1967 and is known for exhibiting 6500 fine as well as contemporary artworks by acclaimed artists. Besides some permanent exhibits, the museum features temporary exhibitions regularly. With such rich art collection, William Benton Museum of Art invites all enthusiasts for visitation.

Sitting beside the Supreme Court Building, the Connecticut State Library is a repository for many historical materials that pertain to the state. It not only provides historical archives and documents, but it functions as a modern library that allows residents to access material and facilities. Also on-site is the Museum of Connecticut History, the institution that officially oversees the historical archives of the Constitution State.

Connecticut in all its glory is proudly displayed here at the state's official museum that highlights the history of America's Constitution State. From its inception as a place for nutmeg dealers at the ports of New Haven and New London to the present day, everything you wanted to know about Connecticut can be found on this museum's walls and shelves. A couple of the highlights include the Joseph C. Mitchelson coin collection and the Freedom Trail Quilts. It's a great place for those who want to know more about these 'Nutmeggers', or how residents of the state are called.

Any fans of the UConn Huskies' sports teams must visit this museum attached to the UConn Alumni Center! Opened in 2004, the J. Robert Donnelly Husky Heritage Sports Museum is not just dedicated to the successful basketball teams, but the championship-winning soccer team 1948, field hockey teams of the 1980s and much more. The museum is open weekdays as well as two hours before men's and women's basketball games at Gampel Pavilion.

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