Featured Exhibits

  • Art of High School Senior Camaren Dayton on Exhibit at Gores Pavilion

    The New Canaan Historical Society is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit at the Gores Pavilion in Irwin Park on June 1. A reception will be held that evening from 5:00-7:00 p.m and the public is welcome. Camaren Dayton, a senior at New Canaan High School, will show twelve computer generated drawings […]

  • Art America–160 Years in the Making

    Our new exhibit “Art America–160 Years in the Making” begins on Friday, April 28th and concludes on August 11th, with an opening reception at 6:00 pm.  The exhibit features 50 works of art representing major styles, subjects and art colonies in America from over nearly two centuries.  Scattered throughout the exhibit are mannequins viewing a […]

Exhibit Archives

  • Antique Appraisal Day

    Join the New Canaan Historical Society on Saturday, October 7, 2017, from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Astor Galleries is bringing a team of recognized expert appraisers to New Canaan for the first time for an Antique Appraisal Day to benefit the Historical Society. The experts will appraise all types of antiques, collectibles and vintage […]

  • Waveny – Now and Then

    The New Canaan Historical Society presents an art show and sale celebrating the 50th anniversary of the town’s purchase of the Lapham Lloyd estate. Join us to experience drawings, paintings, photographs & sculpture. Featured artists include Afonsina Betancourt, Drew Klotz, Audrey Klotz, Mark Markiewicz, Marianne Rothballer, Jeanna Shepard, Torrance York and Dmitri Wright. Most of […]

  • Antique Silhouettes

    An antique silhouette exhibit featuring silhouettes from the 1700s and 1800s has just opened in the Townhouse at The New Canaan Historical Society and continues through February 3rd. The silhouette is a profile cut from white or black paper.  In the 18th century, it was a simple alternative for people who could not afford other […]

  • George Cody’s Campaign Buttons and Posters Collection

    George Cody and his family have been collecting campaign buttons and posters for over 50 years.  This collection represents a small part of his entire collection which encompasses both parties, with over 50 Presidential posters and about 45 panels of buttons. George remarked, “My collection started as a family affair.  One of my first political […]

  • Americans at Play

    This new exhibit salutes the way people spent their leisure time in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  It is our first exhibit featuring the new lighting designed by Susan Leaming Pollish with funding provided by the New Canaan Community Foundation, the New Canaan Rotary and the Jeniam Foundation. People of all ages, especially young […]

  • It’s in the Details – A New Gores Pavilion Exhibit

    It’s in the Details A New Photography Exhibit Opens at the Gores Pavilion It’s in the Details, a photography exhibit by Matthew Blaine, opened Sunday, July 17 and runs through the end of October.  The exhibit was inspired by the Historical Society’s highly successful event, House of Cars, headed by Board members Susan Bishop and […]

  • Servicemen Remembered

    The Society’s newest exhibit honors the men and women from New Canaan who served in World War II.  Lt. Henry Maitland’s Navy White Dress Jumper and hats, Sgt. Benjamin Charles Ritter’s Eisenhower Jacket and Lt. Eleanor Brinkerhoff’s Navy Dress Uniform are just a few of the many uniforms on display. In addition, there is quite […]

  • A Winter’s Tale

    Open December 5, 2015 – March 2016 The Costume Museum On Saturday, December 5th, the Society is opening its latest costume exhibit, A Winter’s Tale, featuring winter fashions of 1890 to 1910. By the 1880s, Christmas was a big event.  Victorians sent lavish Christmas cards similar to Valentines or painted their own scenes.  Christmas trees […]

  • Woven In Time: Kashmir Shawls

      July 7 through October 7 2015 A new exhibit of Kashmir shawls opened at the New Canaan Historical Society’s Costumes Museum. The shawls shown reflect the preferences of Americans during the Victorian Period. Included in the exhibit are shawls from the 1st quarter of the 19th century through the end of the century. All shawls […]

  • Historic Barns Exhibit

    Historic Barns: Yesterday & Today Photographs by Kip Farrell Town House, Parlor Room Tuesday-Saturday, Walk-in May 21 – September Featuring photographs of New Canaan barns by author, photographer, and historic barn expert, Kip Farrell, as well as background on the local barn preservation ordinance. $5 Suggested Donation, Exhibit Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9:30-4:00, Saturday 9:30-12:00.