Welcome to the New Canaan Historical Society!

Celebrating New Canaan’s history since 1889.

To facilitate community mitigation efforts, the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society will be closed until March 31. Please check back for future updates.

Meet some of our amazing staff, volunteers, and supporters who help fulfill our mission. The New Canaan Museum & Historical Society is a cultural institution that focuses on preservation, modernism, education and community. Through exhibits, programs, library services and events, we celebrate history and explore its role in shaping the future.

AMERICAN BETRAYAL

TALKING SHOP

POSTPONED – Date TBD

The exhibition runs through
April 18, 2020.

Gallery Discussions With
Curator Patricia Funt Oxman:

POSTPONED – Date TBD

Why did Benedict Arnold go bad? Find out as Jim Bach, one of New Canaan’s favorite historians, presents American Betrayal, the saga of a turncoat, at the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society.  Bach’s presentation takes a look at the many events and personal shortcomings that brought about Benedict Arnold’s ultimate treason.  Read more

The New Canaan Museum & Historical Society’s new exhibition TALKING SHOP explores New Canaan’s long and rich retail history. It highlights many of the stores in New Canaan from the 19th century to the mid-1970s.  The exhibition features the independent and family owned shops that have been the backbone of this community for generations​. Read more

AMERICAN BETRAYAL

POSTPONED – Date TBD

Why did Benedict Arnold go bad? Find out as Jim Bach, one of New Canaan’s favorite historians, presents American Betrayal, the saga of a turncoat, at the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society.  Bach’s presentation takes a look at the many events and personal shortcomings that brought about Benedict Arnold’s ultimate treason.  Read more

TALKING SHOP

The exhibition runs through
April 18, 2020.

Gallery Discussions With
Curator Patricia Funt Oxman:

POSTPONED – Date TBD

The New Canaan Museum & Historical Society’s new exhibition TALKING SHOP explores New Canaan’s long and rich retail history. It highlights many of the stores in New Canaan from the 19th century to the mid-1970s.  The exhibition features the independent and family owned shops that have been the backbone of this community for generations​. Read more