Permanent Collections

The Museum’s extensive collections include clothing and textiles, pewter, art, architecture and documents. These collections have been built over 130 years by the generous donations of New Canaan residents. While some are on permanent display, others are shown in exhibitions or put out temporarily in the Library display cases so that there is always something new to experience.

Charlie Miller’s illustrations, the Taggart Family archives, sermons by Reverend Noyes delivered at the Congregational Church, early Edison light bulbs, mid-century modern architectural models, more than 100 wedding dresses – the list of collections is long, varied, and infinitely interesting. At this stage, the artifacts are not digitized. However, if something is of particular interest, please let us know and we can make arrangements for you to see it.

Augusta Simon

New Canaan resident Augusta Simon’s folk-art paintings are on display in the Town House.  Sixteen paintings depict iconic New Canaan buildings and bucolic scenes from the early 20th century.

Permanently on view at the Town House

Augusta Simon

New Canaan resident Augusta Simon’s folk-art paintings are on display in the Town House.  Sixteen paintings depict iconic New Canaan buildings and bucolic scenes from the early 20th century.

Permanently on view at the Town House

The Pewter Collection

The extensive collection of American, English, Continental, and Asian pewter features more than 150 pieces on display in the keeping room and hearth of the Hanford-Silliman House.

PERMANENTLY ON VIEW AT THE HANFORD-SILLIMAN HOUSE

The Pewter Collection

The extensive collection of American, English, Continental, and Asian pewter features more than 150 pieces on display in the keeping room and hearth of the Hanford-Silliman House.

PERMANENTLY ON VIEW AT THE HANFORD-SILLIMAN HOUSE

Rogers Studio Sculptures

The 1878 Rogers Studio was moved to the campus at 13 Oenoke Ridge in 1965, and designated a National Register Landmark the following year. Dozens of Rogers Groups – the popular sculpture of John Rogers – fill the interior along with information about the artist’s life and family in New Canaan.

Permanently on view at rogers studio

Rogers Studio Sculptures

The 1878 Rogers Studio was moved to the campus at 13 Oenoke Ridge in 1965, and designated a National Register Landmark the following year. Dozens of Rogers Groups – the popular sculpture of John Rogers – fill the interior along with information about the artist’s life and family in New Canaan.

Permanently on view at rogers studio

Silvermine Collection

The Museum is home to an extensive collection of paintings, drawings, ceramics, and sculpture by the Silvermine Group of Artists, who started together in 1906. The collection was recently enhanced by a large donation of works from the family of Justin Gruelle. A collection of some of the best paintings are on display permanently in the Town House Parlor.

PERMANENTLY ON VIEW IN THE TOWN HOUSE PARLOR

Silvermine Collection

The Museum is home to an extensive collection of paintings, drawings, ceramics, and sculpture by the Silvermine Group of Artists, who started together in 1906. The collection was recently enhanced by a large donation of works from the family of Justin Gruelle. A collection of some of the best paintings are on display permanently in the Town House Parlor.

PERMANENTLY ON VIEW IN THE TOWN HOUSE PARLOR

Clothing & Textiles

The clothing and textile collection includes more than 5000 pieces of apparel and accessories from the late 1700s through the 1950s. There is also an extensive collection of quilts, shawls, lace and other textiles. In the winter of 2021, the Museum embarked on a process to digitize the entire collection, which should be completed by March 2022.

Clothing & Textiles

The clothing and textile collection includes more than 5000 pieces of apparel and accessories from the late 1700s through the 1950s. There is also an extensive collection of quilts, shawls, lace and other textiles. In the winter of 2021, the Museum embarked on a process to digitize the entire collection, which should be completed by March 2022.

Art & Artifacts

The Museum’s permanent collections include myriad prints, documents, photographs, ephemera, china, silver, military metals, maps, dolls, and objects. Most are not on permanent display but can be viewed by reservation.

A collection of sermons and letters from the Noyes family, who were preachers at the Congregational Church.  It is one of the NCM&HS’s largest and oldest collections.

Art & Artifacts

The Museum’s permanent collections include myriad prints, documents, photographs, ephemera, china, silver, military metals, maps, dolls, and objects. Most are not on permanent display but can be viewed by reservation.