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Don't miss the boat

Climb aboard the 24-foot whaleboat, Middlesex.

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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 July
Saturday
Exhibitions
Where’s the Whaleboat?
Look for the Whaleboat Middlesex in various locations throughout town this summer. Keep checking for clues!
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.
21 April
Tuesday
Lectures
Bringing History Home
Free
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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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Uncover the route to Darien’s past through thousands of historical documents preserved in our Library archive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