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Bush-Holley House Museum

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stonehunter wrote a review Feb 2020
Branford, Connecticut2 contributions
Historic buildings, plus art, and a gift shop. Knowledgable guides made the visit very interesting. Plan on several hours to see everything.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Jane0891 wrote a review Aug 2019
Kenilworth44 contributions9 helpful votes
Bush-Holley House Museum has had a very expensive face lift! The new visitor centre and galleries are very impressive. The main house on this site was built in the 1730s and has seen several changes through the decades. Starting as the home of a mill owner, then a tavern and boarding house which became the home of the Cos Cob art colony for American Impressionists. Today a very knowledgeable guide, John, takes you through the house's fascinating stories and history. Along with this the galleries, gardens, shop and a small tearoom serving food and drink will enable to spend a very pleasant half day here. Entrance is very reasonable and free on the first Wednesday of the month.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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JB NY wrote a review Jun 2019
New York City, New York60 contributions10 helpful votes
A great window into pre-Revolutionary War history, all the way up to the 1930's. Very well curated with a great guide. Art, history, politics - all in one place.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Sandy S wrote a review Dec 2018
Riverside, Connecticut603 contributions163 helpful votes
Just returned to see the new buildings here -- in addition to the historic Bush Holley House, a restored 19th century railroad hotel now has beautiful gallery space for their collection of American Impressionist art, plus changing exhibitions. An easy stop if you're driving through, since its very close to Exit 4 on I-95, plus the nearby waterside Cos Cob Park.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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arthur w wrote a review Jun 2018
Brooklyn, New York60 contributions20 helpful votes
this museum is located in cos cob, ct., just off exit 4 of interstate 95. the house has 2 stories to tell, one about the colonial dwelling, and one about the art colony that thrived here. both are of great interest, with many paintings on view by artists who lived in the area or came to be part of the colony. the early history of the house is very interesting. best of all, you can see, on a piece of preserved wallpaper, a stamp issued by the british during the stamp act of 1765! you can read about the stamp act, and how it helped to lead up to the american revolution, but to actually see one was truly amazing. renovations are currently underway in the gallery area, but this does not affect the tour. highly recommended for history buffs and art students.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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