Windham Museums, Culture & Art

While you are in town please visit our other interesting cultural partners!

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CT Eastern Railroad Museum

55 Bridge St, Willimantic, CT

Sat 10-4, Sun 12-4

cteastrrmuseum.org

860-456-9999

Adults $7, kids 8-12 $3, under 8 free

The Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum is located off Bridge Street in downtown Willimantic, CT, on the original site of the Columbia Junction Freight Yard. Our collection includes locomotives and rolling stock, as well as vintage railroad buildings and a six-stall roundhouse reconstructed on the original foundation.  Visitors can receive a guided tour of the museum and kids of all ages can operate a replica 1850's-style pump car along a section of rail that once was part of the New Haven Railroad's "Air Line".

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Windham Historical Society

627 Main St, Willimantic, CT

Sat 12-4

windhamhistoricalsociety.org

860-456-1666

windhamhistoricalsociety@gmail.com

Admission Free

Visit an early 1800's beautiful stone home with working colonial period kitchen, herb garden and family living quarters.  Exhibits are interactive and change throughout the year.  We preserve the history and genealogy of Windham, CT.

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Windham Textile & History Museum

411 Main St, Willimantic, CT

Fri-Sun 10-4

millmuseum.org

860-456-2178

themillmuseum@gmail.com

The Windham Textile and History Museum located in the historic former headquarters of the American Thread Company in Willimantic, CT, houses a museum, a library, and an archive. Through its exhibits, programs, and collections, the Museum preserves and interprets the history of textiles and how that industry shaped our country from the colonial period to today.

Windham Theatre Guild

779 Main St, Willimantic, CT

Days & times of show vary

windhamtheatreguild.org

860-423-2245

info@windhamtheatreguild.org

Admission fees vary

The Windham Theatre Guild is a non-profit volunteer organization that has been producing quality community theatre since 1985. Hundreds of community volunteers join us each year as we strive to offer live theatrical and musical productions and education in the performing arts.  Each year, the Guild produces five to six Main Stage productions ranging from comedies to dramadies, to murder mysteries to musicals. Over the years, the WTG has also produced Shakespeare, dramas, plays by local playwrights and youth theatre productions.   

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Swift Water Artisans

866 Main St, Willimantic, CT 

Thur & Fri 12-5, Sat 10-5, Sun 12-4

swiftwaters.org

860-456-8548

swiftwaters866@gmail.com

Admission is free but you won't leave without a gift!

We are a member-owned cooperative located in the heart of Downtown Willimantic, CT. Our gift store carries a wide array of goods. Pottery, Jewelry, clothing, prints, fine art, and photography are but some of the things we make.  Swift Waters artists are imaginative and skilled. You will find something for everyone on your list with a visit to our store. Because Swift Waters Artisans personally operate the store you will always find an artist available to assist.

Akus Gallery at ECSU

83 Windham St, Willimantic, CT

Mon & Wed 12-4, Tue, Thur, Fri 12-7, Sat 11-3

easternct.edu

860-465-4659

Free Admission

The Akus Art Gallery at Eastern Connecticut State University exhibits the works of established and emerging artists, as well as the creativity of Eastern students and faculty members. The gallery also manages the University’s permanent collection. Appealing to a diverse audience, the gallery is committed to works that reflect the human condition and the world around us while inspiring our visitors.  The gallery's permanent art collection focuses on contemporary art produced by artists with a connection to New England.

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Third Thursdays Street Fest

Main St, Downtown Willimantic

Third Thursdays 6-9 PM, May-Oct

willimanticstreetfest.com

860-450-0918

info@willimanticstreetfest.com

Free Admission

Thousands of people from far and wide will stroll along Main Street in Willimantic amid a background of musical, theatrical, visual, and olfactory delights.  There are bands and jugglers to entertain you as you meander through the fest. Five stages simultaneously host a wide variety of music and entertainment while over 100 local and regional crafters and vendors showcase the wealth of goods produced in Connecticut.   Willimantic's diversity really shines through in the delicious authentic international cuisine. Enjoy locally produced artwork, beer, music, and soda. Free children's activities abound!

Thread City Classical Dance

25 Meadow St, Willimantic, CT

Varying hours for classes

threadcityclassicaldance.com

959-929-2514

threadcitydance@gmail.com

Tuition varies

Thread City Classical Dance is 501(c)3 parent-run studio in Willimantic.  We believe there is value in studying any art for its own sake.  We welcome all sizes, shapes, abilities, and ambitions.  As a parent-run school, we will always work to keep our costs low so that the greatest number of students may avail themselves of the opportunity to experience the vitality of dance.