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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!

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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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11 May
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
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.
23 March
MoD CraftLab
MoD’s CraftLab
Quilting Workshop
Tuesdays at 10:30 am, March 23, 30 & April 6, 13, 20 - a five-part series to make a "mod" mini quilt, featuring four traditional patterns!
23 February
MoD Bookclub
History Close to Home – A MoD Book Club
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.
13 February
Hands-On History
Stay-Cation Crafts for Kids
Spend your vacation crafting virtually with members of our History Kids of Darien Club, who will provide artistic tips and tricks to create a gift that will be treasured!
14 December
Virtual Event
Shadow & Light — Silhouettes
07 December
Annual Meeting
2020 Annual Meeting
19 September
Where’s the Whaleboat?
The Whaleboat Middlesex is embarking on its final summer voyage! Be sure to visit this extraordinary piece of Darien's history at Hollow Tree Self Storage — a huge thank you to this business for donating space for the Middlesex to dry dock over the winter — and to all of our "Mates" who got in on the fun!
02 June
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.
21 April
Bringing History Home
As part of a new "Bringing Home History" project, the Darien Historical Society is bringing its historical treasures to your home with new a new Virtual Tour series "Our Favorite Things," and we're asking for your stories, too.

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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
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