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Exhibitions

Find out what’s on at the Museum, from current and upcoming exhibitions.

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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03 November
Thursday
Lectures
Lecture and Trunk Show
“Quilts and Quilt Makers of Connecticut”
By Sue Reich
$20 members; $30 non-members
Lecture and Trunk Show “Quilts and Quilt Makers of Connecticut” By Sue Reich, Quilt Historian and Author
14 October
Friday
Reception
‘Bits and Pieces’ Opening Wine and Cheese Reception
$20 members; $30 non-members
‘Bits and Pieces’, an exhibit of 18th, 19th and 20th century quilts from the collection at the Museum of Darien opens on October 14th. A wine and cheese reception open to the public takes place at 7pm.
15 August
Monday
MoD CraftLab
Art & History Explorers Summer Camp
Members: $180; Non-Members: $190
Join us for a week of exploration, creativity and fun! Darien’s history will come alive for campers in a relaxing environment, while they create several engaging projects after exploring our museum and exhibitions.
10 June
Friday
Annual Meeting
Cocktails in the Courtyard
Free
Toast to the summer with Darien Library. Join us for music, mingling, and refreshments. Kick off your weekend with Cocktails in the Courtyard! Swing by and unwind after your workweek. Bring a friend and meet new people. As you mingle, enjoy music by Rob Silvan.
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.

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