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The best museums in Western Connecticut include the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, a museum and research center dedicated to studying and preserving Native American culture, full of artifacts and crafts. Another local favorite is the Gunn Historical Museum, where you can view exhibits on the Civil War and other topics of historical importance. The museum’s adjoining library hosts numerous events, including antique shows and an annual book sale, as well as activities for kids.
On Route 7 in Kent, the Sloane Stanley Museum features the works of American artist, illustrator and collector Eric Sloane, along with an impressive collection of early American tools and the remains of the Kent Iron Furnace, which began production of pig iron in 1826. After a trip to the unique American Clock and Watch Museum in Bristol, you’ll want to return and spend even more time poring over the museum’s collection of more than 1,500 clocks and watches, some of which date back to 1595. You might even lost track of time, there’s so many to see - well, maybe not, after all, since you’re in a museum full of clocks.