The governor established the program in 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a way of providing children with engaging summer enrichment and learning experiences. It is funded through a $15 million investment in federal COVID-19 recovery funding Connecticut received from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
Under the program, from July 1, 2022, to September 5, 2022, Connecticut children aged 18 and under – plus one accompanying Connecticut adult – can receive free admission to any of the participating museums, including historic house museums, historic sites, historical societies, art museums, children’s museums, science centers, special-interest museums, natural history museums, university museums, arboretums/botanical gardens and zoos.
The full list of participating museums is available at www.CTSummerMuseums.com. Some of our favorites include:
- Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, Stamford
- Bruce Museum, Greenwich
- Earthplace, Westport
- Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport
- Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Norwalk
- Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk
- Connecticut Science Center, Hartford
- Mystic Aquarium, Mystic
- Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic
“We are thrilled to bring back this popular summer enrichment program for Connecticut kids and families at a time when affordability is top of mind for so many households,” Governor Lamont said. “The world-class museums and cultural institutions across Connecticut offer unmatched educational and recreational experiences that will keep kids engaged all season long and spark curiosity for years to come.”
Additionally, Governor Lamont is reminding residents that all public transit buses in Connecticut are operating fare-free through November 30, 2022, and are a convenient way of receiving transportation to many of these great destinations.
Share your experience with the program on social media using the hashtag, #CTSummerMuseums.