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Best Family Museums in Fairfield County, CT

If you’re enjoying Hotel Zero Degrees hospitality with the whole family, you’re in luck: Our home base of Fairfield County, Connecticut comes packed with outstanding kid-friendly attractions, not least a stellar suite of museums that make learning feel—well, not quite like learning!

Here’s a look at some of those awesome institutions: a worthy daytrip goal on any Hotel Zero Degrees family getaway, whether it’s in Stamford, Norwalk, or Danbury.

The Bruce Museum (1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT)

The Bruce Museum has been introducing visitors to stunning artwork as well as wonders of science and nature since the 1910s. Kids’ll love the ecosystem dioramas, archaeological and historical artifacts, and other displays from the museum’s roughly 15,000-object-strong collections. Current exhibitions, meanwhile, include Joel Sartore’s flashy animal portraits of the National Geographic Photo Ark (through September 2nd) and the mesmerizing Paula Shark and Ross Eatman photos of pollinators at work in Wild Bees (through November 11th).

Stepping Stones Museum (202 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT)

Hands-on exploration defines the Stepping Stones experience: Kids can investigate the ins and outs of energy at the Energy Lab, design and construct their own architectural masterpieces in the Build It! zone, and goggle at the LED spectacles of the Light Gallery and the irresistibly spinning and whirring ColorCoaster sculpture.

Discovery Museum (4450 Park Ave, Bridgeport, CT)

Similar science-based play awaits at the Discovery Museum, home to such awesome exhibits as the Space Gallery, the Energy Network, Adventure Science, Nano, and the astounding global phenomena presented at Science on a Sphere. The whole family, meanwhile, will love the night-sky expeditions offered within the dome of the Henry B. duPont III Planetarium.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center (39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT)

The beautiful grounds of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center encompass all kinds of good stuff: from a working farm, a planetarium, and a museum (within the historic Henri Bendel Mansion) to nature trails roaming mixed-hardwood forests and meadows. Through September 3rd, the Stamford Museum & Nature Center is presenting the summer exhibition Once Endangered, focused on the decline and recovery of peregrine falcons and wolves in North America.

Danbury Railway Museum (120 White Street, Danbury, CT)

The vintage rolling stock and other artifacts of the Danbury Railway Museum—situated in downtown Danbury’s old railyard—are a pretty surefire delight for any kids even vaguely interested in trains. The museum ups the ante by offering rides on some of its historic trains.

Make it a Family Summer Vacation to Fairfield County With Hotel Zero Degrees Accommodations

The above museums account for some of the best family destinations in Fairfield County—heck, in Connecticut—and a stay at Hotel Zero Degrees gives you ready access!