Connecticut's Old State House


Although the great American architect Charles Bullfinch is more famous for his work on the Massachusetts State Capitol (1798), he also designed Connecticut’s third state house. Completed in 1796 in the Federal style, it underwent several modifications and served the legislature until 1915. Self-guided and docent-led tours take in the courtroom and the house and senate chambers---like the building itself, all beautifully restored.

Don’t miss the third-floor Joseph Steward Museum and Painting Gallery, housing some unique inventions as well as natural wonders and curiosities like butterflies, insects, a two-headed calf, and Mark Twain’s bicycle. In addition to being a collector of oddities, Steward was a renowned portrait artist who was allowed to open a studio in the state house in 1797. Also note that on Tuesday and Friday between mid-June and late October, from 10–2, a brick courtyard outside the Old State House is the site of a farmer’s market, featuring Connecticut produce and crafts.


800 Main St.
Hartford, Connecticut 06103


41.76610400, -72.67291900

Open Hours

Columbus Day–Jun.: weekdays 10–5. Jul.–Columbus Day: Tues.–Sat. 10–5.
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(860) 522-6766

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