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Old State House

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It is the mission of Connecticut's Old State House to reawaken citizen engagement and awareness by offering an authentic, educational and inspiring visitor experience. We're not exactly a museum. We're more like a laboratory or classroom - for both the physical and virtual worlds. We put ideas on display in our historic rooms and alongside our historic objects: ideas that celebrate democracy and citizenship, not just viewed from the past but for today as well.

While you are here, we invite you to interact with our staff and other visitors of all ages. Get engaged, get inspired - and discover that your voice matters. And remember that words, ideas, persuasion and debate really can change minds - and quite possibly, the world.Welcome to the home of 360-degree democracy. What does that mean? Simple: the past shapes the future. Government represents the governed. Leaders - of every kind - were once just regular people like you and me. Here at Connecticut's Old State House - the very spot where Connecticut's democracy was born - you'll learn about how it was born and who made it happen.

You'll meet people who went from ordinary to history-making by standing up for what they believed: and maybe think about where you fit in to "government by the people" yourself. And when you're ready for a break, we have a two-headed calf, Mark Twain's bicycle, and dozens of other pieces of Connecticut's amazing and eccentric history for you to enjoy. That's not just 360-degree democracy. That's 360 degrees of fun!

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Hours of Operation:
Mon10:00 AM5:00 PM
Tue10:00 AM5:00 PM
Wed10:00 AM5:00 PM
Thr10:00 AM5:00 PM
Fri10:00 AM5:00 PM
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