242 East Main StreetThomaston, CT, 06787Phone: 860-283-7245
Get on track with this museum, and excursions, celebrating local railroading
Want to spend your rainy day inside? How about inside a passenger car from the 1920s being pulled along the rails by a diesel locomotive? Stop by the Railroad Museum of New England for a trip on the Naugatuck Railroad starting at the historic Thomaston Station. In addition to educational exhibits, the museum has an amazing collection of diesel and steam engines, passenger and freight cars and cabooses. Scenic tours go over dams and bridges, through valleys and woods. Special tours include the Chocolate Decadence Tour with a side trip to Fascia’s Chocolate Company; the Easter Bunny Express with the famous bunny himself; a spirit-tasting trip; the Pumpkin Path train; the Northern Lights Limited; and the jolly Santa Express.
Rain won’t dampen your spirits as you tackle world-class indoor ropes course
You won’t care if the rain goes away when you are climbing and soaring your way through the exciting It Adventure Ropes Course inside Jordan’s Furniture. You’ll be strapped securely in a full-body harness and sling line, keeping you fully connected as you navigate the more than 100 challenges, part of the world’s largest indoor ropes courses. The four-level course features zip rails sitting at heights of up to 56 feet, zig-zag swinging beams, bridges, cargo nets and crisscross angle rope ladders. And there’s a special, Little It course, for children under 48 inches tall. On that course, platforms are less than three feet off the ground, and adult chaperones are nearby to help out if needed.
All that makes Britain great on display at this all-encompassing art museum
Escape the everyday on a rainy day and immerse yourself in British culture at the Yale Center for British Art, the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. Artistic works from the Elizabethan Age through today, many from the Paul Mellon collection, are on display. Stand in front of the great oil paintings by Turner, Constable, Whistler, Stubbs and Reynolds. Admire a Hepworth sculpture. Let your imagination soar examining a watercolor map of the Francis Drake expedition in 1577 or the amazing animals on the pages of the Helmingham Herbal and Bestiary, circa 1500. The museum, itself a work of art by renowned architect Louis I. Kahn, includes 2,000 paintings, 250 sculptures and 35,000 rare books and manuscripts.
One Museum DriveGreenwich, CT, 06830Phone: 203-869-0376
Art, nature, history, science exhibits will intrigue visitors to this museum
Advance reservation, with timed ticketing, is required. Masks are required, but must not have an exhalation valve or vent.
When the outside is inhospitable, go inside to the fascinating Bruce Museum, where art, science and natural history come together for a unique perspective on our world. Take a docent-led or self-guided audio tour through the expansive museum. The art collection includes work from Childe Hassam to Alexander Calder, as well as photos, sculpture, drawings and prints. There’s French art glass and highly decorative pipes (including Meerschaums). There are collections of ladies’ gowns and World War I posters. The science collection includes minerals and fossils, bird and mammal mounts (including extinct species like the passenger pigeon), butterflies and skeletons. Don’t miss the ethnology collection featuring items from Navajo jewelry to Inuit soapstone carvings.