About the Westport Museum for History & Culture

Westport Museum for History & Culture (WM), has been a cultural and educational organization dedicated to preserving, presenting and celebrating history since its founding in 1889.

Our mission is dedicated to embracing the truths of history so that all can see themselves in our American story.

We are a private museum inspiring the holistic and inclusive histories in the American story. Westport Museum hosts exhibits, programs and events for children and adults. We safeguard extensive collections including archives, costumes, objects, and art which are used to foster historical exploration. Westport Museum is not funded by the Town of Westport.

Bradley-Wheeler House, the museum’s headquarters, at 25 Avery Place, Westport, Connecticut, was purchased in 1981. The house, built in 1795, was remodeled in the Italianate style in the 19th Century and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Connecticut Register of Historic Places as well as a Historic Landmark.
Built in 1865 the Cobblestone Barn is unique in the state of Connecticut with its eight-sided roof. The historic structure–used as a dairy–includes an underground ice house both popular on field trips and group tours.
Adams Academy, a 19th Century, one-room schoolhouse on its original site in Green’s Farms located at 15 Morningside Drive North, has been restored by the museum. Adams Academy is used for field trips by request.

Westport Museum wishes to recognize and honor the Paugussett people who are the indigenous communities native to this region, and recognize that Westport Museum and the Town of Westport was built on unceded indigenous homelands and resources.