American Clock & Watch Museum Bristol CT. Photo (c) Michael Uchalid

Connecticut residents will receive free or discounted admission or special offers at more than 225 destinations across the state — including attractions, historical sites, museums, galleries and restaurants — on Saturday, June 9, in celebration of Connecticut Open House Day.

The one-day statewide event is designed to showcase Connecticut’s diverse mix of history, art, culture and tourism. Participating properties span the entire state, and range from well-known destinations to hidden gems.

Participating venues in Bristol include:

American Clock & Watch Museum
Free admission from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Bristol Historical Society
Free admission from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center
Free admission from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., featuring special activities for the entire family.

Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center
Free admission for the first 100 visitors (sponsored by the City of Bristol), from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Special program from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.: “Meet the Chefs,” featuring cooking demonstrations and the unveiling of the new mobile teaching kitchen.

Memorial Military Museum
Free admission from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. World War I Canteen serves free complimentary and donuts with stories of Salvation Army “Donuts Girls.” Children’s World War I related activities and hands-on artifacts, live World War I music performance, a scavenger hunt and live music entertainment.

New England Carousel Museum
Free admission from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Other special activities throughout the state include farm and house tours, antique car, boat and train rides, scavenger hunts and crafts, hearth cooking demonstrations, kayak and paddleboard rentals, and food and beverage tastings.

“Open House Day is a perfect opportunity for residents to become tourists in their own backyard and experience what makes Connecticut such a prime New England destination,” said Randy Fiveash, director, Connecticut Office of Tourism.

Connecticut’s $14.7 billion tourism industry directly supports nearly 83,000 jobs — and over 121,000 jobs in total. Last year, many Open House Day participants reported receiving more visitors on Open House Day than a typical Saturday — sometimes two to four times as many.

“Last year, the response was overwhelming,” said Howard Aspinwall, owner of Mellow Monkey in Stratford, which offered exclusive discounts and free giveaways on Open House Day. “The event turned out to be the second best revenue day for the store in 2017.”

For Connecticut Open House Day updates, visit www.CTvisit.com/CTOpenHouseDay.

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