Apr 28, 2011
02:06 PMDiscover Connecticut
Weekend Discovery: Mattatuck Museum
Although the reputation of the Brass City has been tarnished from years of neglect and economic hardship, Waterbury continues to be one of the most storied cities in the state. And no place better showcases that history than the Mattatuck Museum, located in a Cesar Pelli-designed structure right on Main Street in downtown.
Multiple exhibits throughout the building display that history, including Coming Home: Building Community in a Changing World, an interactive display that covers 300 years of city development, and Meet Fortune, which details the story of an African-American who was slave to Waterbury doctor. Other areas highlight the city's industrial past, which includes decades as a leader in manufacturing brass products of all sorts as well as clocks; a button museum is also on the premises, featuring more than 10,000 buttons are on display. The museum also has an extensive collection of artworks, featuring pieces by John Trumbull, Frederick Church, Josef Albers and Cleve Gray.
This weekend sees the opening of Waterbury in the Civil War: Letters from the Front, an exhibition commemorating the city's role in the conflict. Primarily told through written communications from soldiers serving the Union Army, the exhibition describes battlefield action and the emotional hardships that went with it, as well as the other harsh conditions involved with the war. The exhibition runs through September 10, 2011.
As mentioned, Waterbury may have faded a bit in recent years, but the Mattatuck Museum continues to shine on like a brand new brass button, a testament to the city's legacy.
For more info, call 203.753.0381 or visit mattatuckmuseum.org.