Try Our New Tablet Tour!
Visitors can now experience the museum in a whole new way- through a self-guided tablet tour. The tour features illustrations by Monica Vachula (Noah Webster: Weaver of Words; Paul Revere's Ride), videos, interactive content, and Spanish translation. Learn more here!
The tablet tour is made possible in part by grants from: Connecticut Humanities, Greater Hartford Arts Council, and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.
Noah Webster: Defining American
This permanent exhibit gives visitors the opportunity to explore Noah Webster’s life and his many surprising accomplishments. Most people know he write the dictionary, but did you know that Noah also:
Impacted the U.S. government
Improved U.S. education
Influenced our national language and culture
Was an abolitionist
And a whole lot more, all while raising eight children and traveling the world? Find out the details in this fun and interactive exhibit that lets kids and adults learn more about America’s defining founder!
Noah's Discovery Learning Space
If you’re looking for something to do on a rainy day, you’ve found it! Combined with the Defining American exhibit, Noah’s Discovery Learning Space will keep kids busy for hours! The three rooms of the 1787 "lean-to" addition of the historic house have been transformed into a hands-on activity space for children! Kids can dig up artifacts in the archaeology section, play with a replica of Noah’s family farm, and pretend to be a colonial kid in an immersive colonial kitchen- complete with pretend food and firewood! Don’t forget that museum members get free admission year round.
Call 860-521-5362 x17 to request information on displaying the exhibit at your venue.
Explore the alphabet soup of West Hartford’s dynamic past, colorful personalities, and pivotal events. This semi-permanent exhibit allows visitors to discover our community’s history and the people who have helped to make it an “all-American town”.
Stylized artwork by West Hartford native painter Pamela R. Levy vibrantly brings each letter of the alphabet to life. Enjoy hearing veterans tell their heroic stories, test your sense of smell by identifying the aroma that matches one of our town’s culinary establishments, stomp your feet to the melody of local music, or explore the visual record of our triumphs and losses through the hundreds of images in the exhibit.
Special thanks to our sponsors: Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the Connecticut Humanities Council, and the many individuals who supported this project.