Kent Historical Society Museum, The Seven Hearths

4 Studio Hill Rd., Kent, CT 06757.

Rte. 7. (860) 927- 4587. Featuring the art of George Laurence Nelson in the setting of his 1754 home, and an annual in-depth history exhibit. June- Sept., Sat. & Sun. 11-4 or by appt. Free admission.

KidsPlay Children’s Museum

61 Main St., , Torrington, CT 06798.

(860) 618-7700. KidsPlay is a hands on interactive museum ideal for children and families. Wed.-Sun. 10-4. For more information about programs, events and party rentals..

Litchfield History Museum

7 South Street, Litchfield, CT 06759.

(Corner of East and South St.) (860) 567-4501. Investigate the evolution of a small New England town through exhibits and activities in seven galleries. Discover Litchfield while learning about national, social, cultural and political history. Museums open mid-April - Nov. Tues.-Sat. 11-5, Sun. 1-5. Adm. Research library open year round Tues.- Fri. 10-12, 1-4. Gift Shop open year round.

Lock Museum of America

230 Main St., Terryville, CT 06786.

Phone & Fax (860) 589-6359. The Museum has eight rooms that include antique locks dating back to 1520, colonial locks and keys, British locks, American locks, bank locks, prison locks, padlocks, and ornate Victorian hardware that is gold and silver plated. May -Oct. Tues. – Fri. 1:30 -4:30. Weekends by appt. Adults $3, Seniors $2.50, children free.

Lonetown Farm Museum

43 Lonetown Rd, Redding, CT 06875.

(203) 938-9095. Headquarters for the Redding Historical Society. The Museum sponsors annual exhibits and events. Memorial Day – Labor Day, Monthly openings, or by appt.

Lourdes in Litchfield Shrine Grotto

83 Montfort Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759.

(860) 567-1041. Replica of the Lourdes Grotto in France. This 170 acre shrine built by the Montfort Missionaries and dedicated as a place of peace, prayer & pilgrimage. Open daily dawn to dusk. Pilgrimage Season May-Oct. Tues.-Sun. Mass in the Grotto 11:30 am, Sun. afternoon prayers & devotions 3 pm. Spectacular hillside Stations of the Cross path. Free admission. Gift Shop & Snack Bar. Handicapped accessible.

Mattatuck Museum

144 West Main St., Waterbury, CT 06702.

(203) 753-0381. Featuring American art and regional history. Permanent and changing art exhibits include American Giants: Church, Kensett, Calder and Sage. Interactive regional history exhibit engages all age groups. Museum hours: Tues. – Sat. 10-5; Sun. 12-5. Adm. Adults $7; Seniors $6; Members and children under 16 free.

Matthew Curtiss House

44 Main St, Newtown, CT 06470.

(203) 426-5937. 18th century saltbox circa 1750 displays 300 years of Newtown material culture, including furniture, paintings, and decorative accessories. Open house and living history demonstrations one Sun. per month Mar.-June, Sept.-Dec. Lecture Series second Mon. each month Sept.-May at CH Booth Library. Antiques Show at Fairfield Hills Campus, House & Garden Tour.

Merwinsville Hotel & Museum

1 Browns Forge Rd., Gaylordsville, CT 06755.

(Rte. 7 to Riverview Rd. to Station Rd.) (860) 350-4443. As you enter one of the few remaining railroad hotels still in existence, you get a sense of what it was like over 170 years ago when passengers from the CT shoreline stepped off the train in what was then "Merwinsville" on their way to their summer homes in Pittsfield, MA. Tour Hotel circa 1843, with station waiting room, parlors, bedrooms and ballroom. July-Sept. Sun. 2-4, or by appt.

Middlebury Historical Society

4 Library Rd., Middlebury, CT 06762.

(203) 206-4717. Completed in 1897, this two room schoolhouse designed by the prestigious architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White exists in its original condition with wainscoting, wide board pine floors, and chalkboards. It houses many exhibits of early town life including farm equipment, period clothing and what is probably the most complete private collection of Middlebury postcards. Open Mon. 2 - 5, or by appt.