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Don't miss the boat

Climb aboard the 24-foot whaleboat, Middlesex.

A True Classic — Babs White

Beloved Costume Curator Retires After 50 Years!

Circle icon with text that reads EST. 1953

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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18 December
Saturday
Fundraiser
Silhouettes are back!!
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
The Museum of Darien Is happy to announce the return of "The Silhouette Lady". Orders can be done on-line at: TheSilhouetteLady.com or in person December 18th, 10am - 3pm
03 December
Friday
Exhibitions
Champagne Art Show Opening & Holiday Gala
$40 members; $50 non-members
Art Show is open to the public December 7th to January 13th. Opening hours: 11 to 4 pm, Tuesday through Thursday. Museum of Darien, 45 Old Kings HIghway North
25 October
Monday
Storytime
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Free
JOIN US AT THE MUSEUM OF DARIEN ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 25TH AT 6 P.M. PERFECT FOR FAMILIES WITH KIDS AGE 6 & UP! SIGN UP TODAY
23 October
Saturday
Hands-On History
Darien’s Heritage Day
Free
(Rain date: October 24) Darien’s history comes to life this fall with a Revolutionary celebration — an all-day family event featuring colonial demonstrations!
17 October
Sunday
Virtual Event
MoD’s Annual Meeting
Free
We'll be capping off an eventful year, sharing some exciting upcoming happenings, thanking some old friends and welcoming new ones!
10 June
Thursday
Exhibitions
MoD Quilts
Free
Join Us Thursday, June 10 from 11 to 3 (Rain date Friday, June 11) MoD Quilts A one-day event to enjoy a sampling from our prized quilt collection as we continue the tradition of airing the quilts.
31 May
Monday
Exhibitions
Where’s the Whaleboat?
Free
All Aboard! The Whaleboat Middlesex embarks on some exciting new adventures this summer!
11 May
Tuesday
Interactive Lessons
Manners Make the Difference! Back by Popular Demand
$90/series - $60 each additional child / $35 individual session - $25 each additional child
Tuesdays from 4:30—5:30 pm May 11 & 18 and June 8 The Museum of Darien cordially invites children ages 6 to 10 to join Robin and Ed Poska, Directors of the Cotillion of Fairfield County, for a fun-filled series of interactive lessons to reinforce good manners!
08 April
Thursday
MoD Bookclub
History Close to Home
Book Club & Author Event
Join our book club and read about the history that surrounds us! Book group is currently limited to 12 people and coordinated with public author events co-sponsored with Darien Library.
02 June
Tuesday
Exhibitions
Darien 1820 — New Town, New Times
What was it like to live in Darien 200 years ago? As the town celebrates its 200th birthday it’s an opportune time to ask the question. A new commemorative book, Darien 1820 — New Town, New Times by Darien Historical Society Historian Ken Reiss, costs $27, and is available at Barrett Bookstore, which recently reopened its store at 6 Corbin Drive.

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