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Museum of Darien Announces New Director

The Board of Directors of the Museum of Darien is pleased to announce the selection of the Museum’s new Executive Director, Amy Allen.

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Climb aboard the 24-foot whaleboat, Middlesex.

A True Classic — Babs White

Beloved Costume Curator Retires After 50 Years!

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Where our history takes shape.

Inspired by Darien’s unique story and its place in the history of New England, the Museum of Darien welcomes all ages to experience and discover the crafted objects, narratives and works of art that have shaped this community — from its earliest beginnings to today.

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01 May
Sunday
Exhibitions
The Silhouette Lady
Appointment needed for Silhouettes / Museum entrance $5.00 suggested donation
The Silhouette Lady returns to Museum of Darien at Open House event, Sunday, May 1st. Appointments are required and available from 10am-4pm to have children’s silhouettes created by The Silhouette Lady.
24 April
Sunday
Lectures
Impressionist Artist Colonies in Connecticut: Old Lyme, Cos Cob and Mystic
$15 members, $20 non members
Lecture by Amy Kurtz Lansing, Curator Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT Kurtz Lansing will offer an overview of the artist colonies along the Connecticut coast.
19 April
Tuesday
Lectures
Central Park: Before and After Frederick Law Olmsted
Free
Most people are familiar with Central Park's celebrated design by Frederick Laaw Olmsted and his co-designer Calvert Vaux, but few know the history of that landscape before Olmsted got his position in 1857 as superintendent.
05 April
Tuesday
Lectures
Forensic Archaeology: Bone Detectives with Nicholas F. Bellantoni, PhD
Free
Learn about forensic archaeology with a former state archaeologist! Discover how evidence is located at crime scenes with archaeological methods to solve legal cases.
29 March
Tuesday
Lectures
History of Connecticut Libraries with Wes Haynes
Free
Tour the Merritt Parkaway as a trail to visit the region's public libraries, among our greatest and most distinguished architectural treasures.
18 March
Friday
Exhibitions
State of Inspiration Connecticut’s Art Colonies & Opening Champagne Gala
$40 members / $50 non-members
As the Impressionist movement took hold in the United States, artists flocked to Connecticut for inspiration. Join us as we celebrate the opening of a major exhibition featuring dozens of works by American Impressionists who called Connecticut home.
17 February
Thursday
Library Programs
Henry Francis du Pont’s Winterthur, Part One: The Museum
Free
Nestled in the heart of Delaware's beautiful Brandywine Valley, Winterthur is an extraordinary museum, garden, and library. Tour through the unparalleled collection of American decorative arts on display throughout the magnificent 175-room house.
16 February
Wednesday
Library Programs
Reclaiming Black Spaces
Free
Who and where were the communities that drew Black New Yorkers to Lower Manhattan and how did they resist the racism that they faced? Hear the Tenement Museum highlight stories of how Black and African Americans shaped the Lower East Side as they made homes, started businesses, and formed communities.
09 February
Wednesday
Interactive Lessons
Creativity Night at the Museum of Darien
(postponed to Feb. 9th)
$30
Enjoy a relaxing evening with friends! Sip wine and make Valentine Cards using printmaking, collage and watercolor with guidance from experienced artists of The Concepts Group.
08 February
Tuesday
Library Programs
Historic Bridges of the Merritt Parkway with Wes Haynes
Free
The Merrit Parkway's bridges are renowned for their distinctive and unusual architectural expressions. Examine their design sources and iconography and get a behind-the-scenes peek at some recent restorations.

Explore the
Collection

We maintain a large collection of historic costumes and accessories dating from the mid 18th century to the present.

Circa 1779 Map
Uncover the route to Darien’s past through thousands of historical documents preserved in our Library archive
Quilts
Our quilt collection’s reputation is sewn up tight — it’s one of the finest in New England
Star Spangled Banners
The Museum of Darien has a stellar collection of flags, and one dating to the Civil War.
1867 Silk Reception Dress
With over 3,000 antique dresses spanning three centuries of fashion, MoD’s Costume Collection is the best dressed in the region.
Federal Tall Case Clock circa 1808
The Bates Scofield Homestead is filled with artifacts from an earlier time in Darien