Norwalk Historical Society Museum
The Norwalk Historical Society Museum was opened on December 5, 2015 in the former Lockwood House, built in 1973. Manice deForest Lockwood and his cousin Julia Belden Lockwood generously donated the funds to build the house, which was designed by Margaret Hoyt Smith. Manice and Julia wanted to ensure their family heirlooms, which were passed down from several generations of the Lockwood families, could be preserved and enjoyed by future generations. In 1997, the collection was moved to a new location in South Norwalk (41 North Main Street) and opened as the Norwalk Museum. The Norwalk Museum operated out of this location until May, 2012, when it was closed. The Norwalk Historical Society along with the Norwalk Historical Commission moved the collection back to the former Lockwood House and renamed it the Norwalk Historical Society Museum. With this move, the archives, genealogy and unframed photographs was placed with the “History Room” located at the Norwalk Public Library Main branch (1 Belden Ave, Norwalk, CT). Items from the four collection: City of Norwalk, Lockwood family, Norwalk Historical Society and the Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Norwalk-Village Green Chapter, will be rotated to tell unique stories about Norwalk and it’s residents through out time. The Norwalk Historical Society administrative offices and gift shop are operated out of the Norwalk Historical Society Museum (141 East Ave., Norwalk, CT).
Self-guided Tours of the Norwalk Historical Society Museum, Wednesdays through Saturdays from 12:00 – 4:00 PM: Explore nine exhibitions that highlight Norwalk's rich history. Exhibitions include: “Caught in the Crosshairs: The Secret of the Norden Bombsight” curated by Judith Bacal; “Destination Norwalk: African-American Migration from the South, 1940 – 1970” curated by Kathleen Motes Bennewitz; “Eating off the Landscape: The Farrington-Lockwood Dessert Service” and “Form, Function, Family: Silver from the Norwalk Historical Society and City of Norwalk Collections” both curated by Elizabeth Pratt Fox; “Margaret Hoyt Smith Norwalk’s First Female Architect” curated by Lynn Friedman; “New Deal, New Day: WPA Artists at Work and Play” curated by Valerie A. Cooper; “Norwalk Collects: Celebrating Four Historic Collections” curated by Elizabeth Pratt Fox; “Norwalk: Portrait of Diversity” co-curated by Leslie Korzennik & Scott Kuykendall with photography by the late Tony Velez; “Self and the World: Experiencing Photography in 19th-Century Norwalk” curated by Elizabeth Avery.
The Norwalk Historical Society Museum’s Gift Shop will be open during self-guided tour hours. The gift shop showcases the work of local artists and features an eclectic array of distinctive merchandise including home decor, paintings, mixed media art, photography, jewelry, books, clothing, vintage-inspired toys, pottery as well as Norwalk Historical Society logo wear.
Tickets: Adults: $5.00 per person Seniors ages 65+: $3.00 per person Youth ages 4 - 17: $3.00 per person Children 3 and under are free. For the safety of our guests, staff and volunteers, masks are required regardless of vaccination status. Thank you for your cooperation.