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Long Profile of The Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT



The Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, Connecticut was established in 1877.

The Museum's collection includes fine art such as paintings, sculptures and works on paper from artists who were born or lived in Connecticut; historical decorative objects such as textile and pillows, and industrial objects such as buttons and carpentry tools from the Waterbury area; and a comprehensive archive of Waterbury-area maps, photos and documents.


The Mattatuck Museum was established in 1877 as the Mattatuck Historical Society. Its original mission was to preserve the history of the Mattatuck area, which is "roughly the ten town region surrounding present-day Waterbury."

By the 1960s, the mission of the Museum expanded in order to collect and exhibit the art by Connecticut artists.

In 1996, the Museum became the first Connecticut art museum to be accredited by the American Association of Museums.


The Museum's mission according to their website: "The Mattatuck Museum collects, preserves, studies, and exhibits American art and history with a focus on the art and cultural history of Connecticut."

"The Mattatuck Museum is known for engaging its community in an understanding of the past and providing vision and leadership for the future through its exhibits and collections of national significance that interpret the history of the region and the art of Connecticut."


The Mattatuck Museum is located at 144 West Main Street in Waterbury, Connecticut.

Please refer to the Museum's website for specific directions.

Museum's Conservation Department:

Fine art conservation entails analysis and research of the artwork to determine the best course of restoration and preservation. Highly skilled professional art conservators undertake this type of work.

When a museum does not have its own conservation department, it will use the services of an outside lab and its professional staff.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Museum has acquired artworks by artists who were born, or lived or worked in Connecticut such as Alexander Calder, Frederic Church, Erastus Salisbury Field, Arshile Gorky, John Frederick Kensett, Kay Sage, Yves Tanguy and John Trumbull.

Noteworthy Facts:

The Museum produces loan kits for the classroom, so teachers can use the Museum's themes in a series of role-playing, and interactive games. Subjects include: Native American Culture and Traditions, 19th Century School Life, Brass Valley Industries where students use historic photographs and read oral histories of the factory workers who made Waterbury products.

Employment Information:

The Mattatuck Museum posts job opportunities on its website, which may be available in the various departments such as administrative, curatorial, educational, marketing, public relations, and security so be sure to check the listings regularly.

The Museum also offers training for volunteers and docents, so they can give informative guided tours to families, children, and school groups.

How to Apply for a Job:

The Museum typically posts detailed job openings on their website. Please refer to the Museum guidelines when applying for a job. It is commonly acceptable to submit your résumé, with a cover letter to the Museum stating the position to which you are applying. The Museum also offers an online application form for volunteer and docent positions.

Museum's Contact Info:

The Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main Street, Waterbury, CT 06702. Tel:(203) 753-0381.

The Mattatuck Museum's website

Museum Hours:

  • Mondays closed
  • Tuesdays 10:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Wednesdays 10:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Thursdays 10:00 am–5:00 pm; until 8:00 pm (Sept–June)
  • Fridays 10:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Saturdays 10:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Sundays 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
  • Closed Holidays

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