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“Museum and Local Lunch/Brunch Location” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mattatuck Museum Arts and History Center

Mattatuck Museum Arts and History Center
Ranked #3 of 15 things to do in Waterbury
Certificate of Excellence
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Wolcott, Connecticut
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Museum and Local Lunch/Brunch Location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2014

Offers many programs about the local area. Tea Room has offered excellent meals to top off a visit with the local past of the area.

Visited June 2013
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English first
Guilford, Connecticut
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96 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“A Little Known Connecticut Treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2014

We, my adult daughter and I, received a friendly greeting by the staff person, Daniel, who gave us a brief
introduction to the exhibits and where to locate them. What an interesting museum this is. It had a very fine permanent art collection as well as special art exhibitions. There is a floor devoted to the history of Waterbury and the surrounding areas, with interactive exhibits and collections of manufactured tools, toys, household artifacts, furniture and excellent photographs depicting scenes through different periods. The top floor had a beautiful collection of buttons, which were one of the important area industries in the past. We came away feeling that we had been given a true insight into the cultural and historical life of Waterbury.

We were especially struck by the warmth of the staff towards visitors and th excellence of the information and layouts of the various exhibits.

Visited February 2014
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Middlebury, Connecticut, USA
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Local Lore / World Class Art”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

Mattatuck was the original name for Waterbury, which industrialized from farmsteads and lumber mills to the prosperous Brass City in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Its museum has fascinating, hands-on, involving and well designed dioramas to tell the story of the town - from English colonial village to polyglot workplace. The contributions of its founders, its immigrants, its factory owners and its craftsmen are equally respected and represented - a wonderful American success story and tribute to the creative reinventions of its citizens when brass making literally went south and then plastic. The Mattatuck has a first class permanent art collection, with works from colonial times to the modern, including multiple contributions from 'locals' like Calder and Tanquy, as well as temporary exhibits from cutting edge artists. It's on the Waterbury Green, surrounded by interesting architecture, good places to eat, and beautiful churches. There's free parking behind the museum. Be sure not to miss the unique and extensive button collection on the top floor - all emblems of beauty, style and place in society!

Visited October 2013
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Waterbury, Connecticut
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96 reviews
27 attraction reviews
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“A lil boring”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013 via mobile

If u want to learn the history of Waterbury this is the place to visit the art gallery is beautiful a donation is required but u can get free passes from library

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Waterbury, Connecticut
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56 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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“Especially worth visiting for locals”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2013

Very interesting for locals to see the history of their city. Also small section of art. I actually spent a lot of time in the button room and was amazed at the display.

Visited April 2013
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