Museums & Library

Museum Reopening

The Litchfield History Museum, the Tapping Reeve House and Litchfield Law School, and the Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library will reopen to the public on Thursday, June 24th, 2021. Please see our new hours for each site below.

Safety Policies

In order to protect our patrons, volunteers, and staff, we will continue to take precautions against the spread of COVID-19. These precautions include:

  • Asking visitors to wear a face covering while inside the museum
  • Offering hand sanitizer stations at entrances, exits, and throughout the museum
  • Limiting the number of visitors and facilitate social distancing using timed and delayed entry
  • Increasing the frequency of cleaning high-touch areas such as door handles, restrooms, and payment stations.

If you feel sick, have experienced a fever, have exhibited symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed to people who tested positive for COVID-19, please do not visit the Litchfield Historical Society at this time.

Museums and Hours

The Litchfield History Museum exhibits the evolution of Litchfield, Connecticut from its settlement in 1719 to today. Through changing exhibits, artifacts and archives, as well as hands-on areas, visitors can explore the diverse history of the town. Learn more here. 

The Tapping Reeve House and Litchfield Law School takes visitors on a journey through the 19th-century life of a real student who came to Litchfield for an education at the Litchfield Law School or the Litchfield Female Academy. The Litchfield Law School was America’s first school of law. Through role-playing, hands-on areas, and interpretive exhibits, each visitor explores timeless issues of travel, communication, education, and community. Learn more here.

New Hours Starting June 24th

Thursday – By Appointment, Call 860 567 4501
Friday & Saturday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The site is also home to the Tapping Reeve Meadow, a community resource with landscape elements that would have been found on the site, and in Litchfield, from the 18th to the 20th centuries. Learn more here. Open dawn to dusk year-round.

Visit our Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library or Collections to more about the artifact and archives collections of the Litchfield Historical Society. The Library is open year-round to researchers and houses information about Litchfield’s 280 years of growth and change as reflected through the papers, publications, photographs, and ephemera of local residents, homes, businesses, institutions and organizations. Learn more here.

New Hours Starting June 24th

Tuesday through Friday – By Appointment, Call 860 567 4501

Walking Tour Map
We have a walking tour map available for $2 that provides a self-guided tour of the historic district’s homes and businesses. Stop in and purchase one today! Or, download the free, digital version of the Walking Tour Brochure. (PDF, 3MB)

MUSEUMS FREE TO ALL!

In our continuing efforts to better serve the Litchfield community we are pleased to once again offer free admission, generously sponsored by Ericson Insurance Advisors.