CT Summer at the Museum

The Glebe House Museum Offers Free Admission for Connecticut Children this Summer - Funding Provided by a Grant from CT Humanities

Woodbury – The Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $1200 from Connecticut Humanities to support our participation in the CT Summer at the Museum initiative. The program invites Connecticut children ages 18 and under plus one accompanying Connecticut resident adult to visit participating museums free of charge from July 1 through September 5, 2022. Funding for the initiative is provided by the CT General Assembly, the with the support of Connecticut Humanities and the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the federal ARPA.

The CT Summer at the Museum program was extremely successful in the summer of 2021, with museums throughout the state hosting hundreds of thousands of children, many of whom would not otherwise be able to afford admission. This is the second year that the historic Glebe House site will be participating in the program. Last year, the Museum & Garden greeted many Connecticut families, offering guided tours and special events to share what life was like for the residents in 18th century Woodbury. This program is even more important in 2022 given that inflation and high gasoline prices are already adversely impacting attendance at our institutions, especially among lower income families.

A visit to a museum provides a special opportunity that can positively impact mental health, demonstrably improve learning outcomes among children and youth, and offer positive activities and outlets in many of the neighborhoods, towns, and cities that we serve. As children and students missed out on more than two years of group and school visits to our institutions as part of hands-on, interactive learning, the CT Summer at the Museum Program gives these children and students a chance to experience our institutions and benefit from our programs, activities, and exhibits.

The Glebe House Museum is open for guided tours Friday-Sunday. Tours begin at 1:00 pm with the last tour at 3:30 pm. The Museum & Shoppe close at 4:00 pm. Reservations are not required.

*Please check our website at www.glebehousemuseum.org as special events may impact hours and activities.

The Gertrude Jekyll Garden is open 7 days per week, dawn-dusk for self-guided visits.

About the Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden

Set in the picturesque Litchfield Hills of historic Woodbury’s village center, the Glebe House Museum offers visitor’s a glimpse of Revolutionary War – era Connecticut. The 18th Century Georgian house is furnished as the home of the Reverend John Rutgers Marshall, who with his wife Sarah, their nine children and three enslaved persons lived in the “glebe” during the turmoil of the American War for Independence. In 1926, Gertrude Jekyll, the renowned English horticultural designer, was commissioned to create an old-fashioned, English-style garden to enhance the newly created museum. It is her only remaining design in North America.