VERNON, CT — The New England Civil War Museum and Research Center will be open weekends this summer as part of Connecticut’s “Summer at the Museum” program.
The program provides children with free admission to more than 130 museums across the state during the summer months. It runs from July 1 through September 5 and allows Connecticut children 18 and under and an accompanying adult free access to the sites.
The Civil War Museum will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. It is located on the second floor of the Town Hall of Vernon, it is a fully preserved former room of the Grand Army of the Republic. The museum houses an extensive collection of artifacts and literature. Parking is available in front and behind the town hall.
Governor Ned Lamont recently announced the return of the popular program, which was created in 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is funded by a $15 million investment in federal COVID-19 recovery money the state received from the American Rescue Plan Act.
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The program is administered by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s Office of Arts and Humanities in partnership with the Governor’s Office, Connecticut State Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood and the Tourism Office.
While any museum in Connecticut can choose to participate in the program by offering free admission, eligible properties were given the opportunity to apply for a grant.
Over 120 grants have been awarded and calculated based on the applicant’s average income from child admissions over the same period for multiple years, plus a base grant tied to the operating budget. The minimum grant is $1,000.