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“Barnes Museum is a Must-See in Downtown Southington”
Review of Barnes Museum

Barnes Museum
Ranked #5 of 17 things to do in Southington
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Southington, Connecticut
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Barnes Museum is a Must-See in Downtown Southington”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

The Barnes Museum is an amazing historical home that is fully furnished with items that belonged to the three generations of the Bradley-Barnes family. It was build in 1836 and has amazing displays of clothing, hats, photographs and much, much more.

Paintings by Leila Barnes, the last lady of the house, are on display throughout the museum. The extensive grounds include a Victorian style garden created by a local Eagle Scout.

Fascinating look back at local history.

Visited January 2013
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Hartford, Connecticut
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143 reviews
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“Nicely restored home”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

Beautiful old home, well-restored. Lots of period pieces, old photos, etc. Good parking across the street.

Visited August 2012
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Southington, Connecticut
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“A treasure not to miss”
Reviewed March 31, 2012

Rich in towns history with lots to see. This little gem is right downtown and worth the trip. Stop for a cupcake around the corner or a coffee down Center Street. Enjoy the museums many themed events!

Visited March 2012
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Bristol, Connecticut
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60 reviews
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“Historic family home”
Reviewed March 24, 2012

They have done a nice job of preserving history right on Route 10. Period artifacts are displayed throughout the home in an interesting way to keep you entertained. The guide is very friendly and informative. A nice way to spend an afternoon!

Visited March 2012
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Hartford, Connecticut
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143 reviews
29 attraction reviews
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“Kept meaning to see it... finally did and I'm glad I did!”
Reviewed August 12, 2010

For more than 20 years I have driven or walked past the Barnes Museum but I'd never ventured inside until now. Actually I was at the property to enjoy the "Taste of Southington" annual event and the museum was open at no charge.
As was stated earlier, it might be of more significance if it had belonged to someone famous outside of Southington but that doesn't detract whatsoever from its grandeur. A three story home (two floors are open) completely furnished in original items of the period. Not only did the Bradley and Barnes family never throw anything out, they even cataloged each item in the house with purchase information, etc. An old Pianola, kitchen appliances, beds, toys and even toilets remain in much the condition they were when they were made. Even clothing remains intact.
The normal admission is only $5 and if you can, make an afternoon out of it and visit one of the great local restaurants around the corner on Center Street; in season most have outdoor dining.

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