Inspire Center

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What happens when an inventor’s home becomes a history museum? Using inspiration from Curtis Veeder, a Connecticut inventor, and the unique objects in the Connecticut Museum’s collection, the Inspire Center brings history and problem-solving together in this hands-on, creative space designed for visitors of all ages!

Objects on display in the Inspire Center show us how everyday problems were solved long ago. Look closely, get inspired, and work together to create your own solution to these age-old challenges. Can you improve the way we clean? The way we communicate? How about the way we get from one place to another? Using everyday household items, art supplies, and building blocks, you can draw blueprints for your invention and then build a prototype. With objects and themes changing monthly, you can enjoy unique experiences all year long! Curious about upcoming themes? Check out our upcoming events page for more information.

Through the end of August, the Inspire Center is open Friday-Sunday:
These expanded hours are sponsored by CREC Museum Academy.

Fridays: 10am – 4:30pm
Saturdays: 10am – 4:30 pm
Sundays: 12pm – 4:30 pm

Free with museum admission
This space is sponsored by the Gawlicki Family Foundation

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One Elizabeth Street
Hartford CT, 06105



Museum Hours:

Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm, Thursday until 8 pm
Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

Research Center Hours:

Tuesday-Saturday 12 pm - 5 pm, Thursday until 8 pm
Always by appointment only.