BRISTOL - Local Museums have planned a variety of fun and educational activities and programs for Saturday in honor of Connecticut Open House Day.
Connecticut Open House Day, coordinated by the Connecticut Office of Tourism, is held annually on the second Saturday of June.
“Special events are planned at each museum to welcome the hundreds of visitors from our home town and well beyond who join us each year,” said Carol Denehy of the Memorial Military Museum.
Known locally as “Museum Magic,” participating groups include the American Clock and Watch Museum, the New England Carousel Museum, the Barnes Nature Center, the Memorial Military Museum, the Bristol Historical Society, The Witch’s Dungeon and Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center.
The Barnes Nature Center, located at 175 Shrub Road, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday with free admission until 2 p.m. Activities will include science experiments, guided hikes and opportunities to meet some of the animals at the Nature Center up close.
Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center, located at 1 Pleasant St., will be offering free admission to the first 200 visitors Saturday. Imagine Nation has also scheduled several activities, sponsored by the Barnes Foundation, Bristol Rotary Club and the Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation.
There will be interactive cooking demonstrations with guest chefs from Chunky Tomato at 10 a.m., with pastry chef Kate Mancini at 10:45 a.m. and with Imagine Nation’s Chef Alie at 1:30 p.m., who will be making a berry yogurt dip.
Imagine Nation will also have studio workshops including herb planting at 10:30 a.m. and a program on animal meals at 11:30 a.m.
The New England Carousel Museum, located at 95 Riverside Ave., will have free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors will be able to visit the Carousel Museum and the Museum of Fire History on the second floor and ride the museum’s working carousel.
The American Clock and Watch Museum, located at 100 Maple St., invites people to celebrate the “Magic of Timekeeping” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be several free activities offered, courtesy of Stanley Black & Decker.
From 10 a.m. to noon, guests will be able to chat with a clock repairer as he works on a project in the Clock Shop and ask him questions about what it takes to keep clocks ticking.
Visitors will also be able to visit the museum exhibit “Selling Time: Methods and Messages in Clock and Watch Advertising.”
For younger visitors, there will be an alphabet-themed scavenger hunt through the museum’s eight galleries and the museum’s Barnes Wing will have clock and watch themed crafts.
The Bristol Historical Society, located at 98 Summer St., will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a variety of activities and photo ops. Vintage clothing items will be on display and there will also be a “What’s It?” table where children will be invited to try to identify objects from the museum’s collection. The “Made in Bristol” room will also be open for tours.
Cortlandt Hull, owner of the Witch’s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum, will be bringing his life size Yoda figure for Star Wars fans to take pictures with. Hull will also be showing classic cartoons and Three Stooges shorts on film at 2 p.m.
The Memorial Military Museum, located in the same building as the Bristol Historical Society, will be presenting programs called “The Magic of Connecticut Heroes.”
From 10 to 11:30 a.m., they will be showing the animated “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero” movie, which tells the story of a Connecticut bull terrier who became the most decorated canine in the history of the United States Army during World War I.
From noon to 1 p.m., there will be a hands-on, interactive presentation by Memorial Military Museum officer Tim Denehy, who will bring together the stories of pilot Warren “Gus” Beach as well as the crew of the B-17 plane “Invictus” from World War II.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Military Museum will share the D-Day stories of two Bristol men, Edward Wozenski and Ernest Blanchard.
The Memorial Military Museum invites family and friends of Wozenski, Blanchard and Warren Beach to share their memories of the men.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.