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CT Bucket List: Mattatuck Museum

The museum reopened after an extensive renovation

WATERBURY, Conn. — Today’s CT Bucket List took up to The Brass City where Fox61's Margaux Farrell showed off the newly renovated Mattatuck Museum.

It originally opened in 1877, and it was open until two years ago, when it closed for renovations. But now, it’s back open and ready for you to explore.

"The Mattatuck Museum has a dual history, we have an art mission and a history mission," said Bob Burns, Executive Director at the Mattatuck Museum. "We tell the history of the Naugatuck Valley, Waterbury, and the surrounding towns, and our art collection is predominantly art and artists from the 18th century to today."

From history to art, the museum has something for everyone by blending different concepts to provide a unique experience for visitors.

"For our art exhibitions, we have 4 galleries, 3 of those are changing galleries, and of them is our permanent collection, but it changes over time as well," said Burns.

Plus, it’s not only a place to explore, but also to relax, and even learn.

"On the main floor, it really is what I like to call the living room of Waterbury because it’s a gathering place where people can come from all different walks of life, have your lunch, drink some coffee, come and take a studio program, one of our art classes, do a family project, or just pick something up for a birthday present at our museum shop," said Burns. "It’s a really great space for people to come together."

Most of the objects and art revolve around the history of the Naugatuck valley but others like, The Munger Gallery, which showcases all sorts of balloon animal paintings, are there to simply make you smile.

"We’ve all been suffering through the pandemic for more than a year now, and we really wanted a show that was just pure, joy where people could come in, and just let go and feel good about it, and Robert Jackson’s balloon dogs do it for all of us," said Burns.

If you’d like to visit. Tickets are currently $10, and $5 dollars for students, or free for kids up to 11, and those in the Waterbury public school system.

For more, go here: https://www.mattmuseum.org/

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