Museum & Historical Society
Experience Modern New Canaan
New Canaan is widely known for its mid-century modern architecture. These houses, designed in the decades after World War II by architects including Marcel Breuer, Elliot Noyes, and Philip Johnson, shaped the landscape of this Town. The Modern New Canaan initiative at the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society brings together programs, events, and tours that celebrate, appreciate, and preserve this important legacy.
Augusta Simon: Town House
New Canaan artist Augusta Simon’s colorful paintings include Saint Aloysius Church, the Train Station, and Birdsall House, as well as scenes of carolers on God’s Acre and the fishing derby in Mead Park. Together, the collection is a nostalgic look at bucolic New Canaan.
Pewter Collection: Hanford Silliman House
One of the finest of the many collections in the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society is the Pewter Collection. It consists of more than 150 pieces of American, English, Oriental and Continental (European) pewter.
Rogers Studio Sculptures: Rogers Studio
John Rogers, Jr. (1829-1904) was the most popular sculptor in United States history. Between 1860 and 1893, Americans purchased approximately 80,000 of his putty-colored plaster “Rogers Groups” at an average price of $14.00. These realistic works, which celebrated military, theater and domestic scenes, were fixtures in every Victorian parlor. His 1878 Studio, now relocated to the campus, is a National Register Landmark building.
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Plan Your Visit
Admission is free to members.
The cost for visitors:
- $5 for exhibitions
- $10 for Library usage
- $25 for a full campus tour
(Please call or email to schedule.)
The New Canaan Museum & Historical Society is located at 13 Oenoke Ridge in New Canaan. It is walking distance from the New Canaan Train Station, which is serviced by Metro-North.
The Town House is wheelchair accessible with an elevator that connects all three floors. Please contact the office if you are interested in visiting the historic houses and need accommodations.
Learn about research assistance, site rental and room usage information and the historic house Plaque Program.