Lutz Children’s Museum

The Lutz Children’s Museum was established to foster imagination, arouse curiosity, and promote museums as resources for life long learning. We strive to provide a multi-faceted museum for children to explore culture, history, and the natural science through internal and external exhibits, programs, and experiences.

Every visit to the Lutz Children’s Museum is exciting because exhibits change frequently and special programs are offered daily. Most exhibits and activities are designed for children ages two through twelve.

The museum’s home is a former schoolhouse. Gallery halls were once classrooms, and the school auditorium is now used for classes, parties, concerts and special events. Downtown Manchester and the historical district are right down the road.

Every visit to the Lutz Children’s Museum is exciting because exhibits change frequently and special programs are offered daily. Most exhibits and activities are designed for children aged two through ten.

The museum’s home is a former schoolhouse. Gallery halls were once classrooms, and the school auditorium is now used for classes, parties, concerts and special events. Downtown Manchester and the historical district are right down the road.

Virtual Tour of the Lutz Children s Museum 

Lutz Childrens Museum 

247 South Main Street

Manchester, CT 06040

Contact: Education

P. 860-643-0949 x10

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Virtual Tour of the Lutz Children s Museum 

Museum hours of Operation 

Tuesday – Friday

9:00 – 5:00

Saturday – Sunday

12:00 – 5:00

Admission Costs

$5.00 – Adults and Children

Free – Members and Infants (Under One Year)

RESOURCE KITS

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Our goal has always been to put learning in the hands of children. The Lutz Children’s Museum maintains a large education collection of scientific and historical artifacts for loan to schools and other educators. These items travel in big boxes we call “kits”.

The Lutz Children’s Museum offers educational loan kits to be used in your classroom! These kits are designed to bring the museum right to your classroom or organization in an affordable package. They are filled with artifacts and teacher activities, as well as tips on how to teach using museum artifacts. We hope you will love them as much as we do!

Educational loan kits are loaned out for a two-week period at a charge of $25.

Topics currently available are:

  • Puppetry
  • Music
  • Dance
  • The 1960s
  • Habitats
  • Observe-A-Bird

More information is available from our staff. Contact our staff at frontdesk@lutzmuseum.org or 860.643.0949.

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School and Summer Camp Field Trips

Visiting the museum is a fun and educational field trip! Come explore our newest exhibit Connecticut Forests, stroll around 1940’s Main Street Manchester, experience 19th Century Manchester Farm Life, or visit some of the wild and domestic animals housed in our Animal Room. Book your group visit in advance and chaperones will be admitted free with groups of ten or more children. One of our museum educators will present an informative forty-five minute educational program of your choice for a fee of $8 per child, which includes museum admission for the day. A self-guided visit without a program is also available for $5 per child. Our programs book quickly. Please book in advance for the best availability.

Science Programs

Boogie Bones Bring your students to the museum for some scary skeletal fun. Learn about the bones in our bodies, including what they are made of, how they work, and what happens when they break. Compare human bones to other animal bones and see whether we can find any similarities or differences. Recommended Grades: K-5

Lots of Legs Animals can get around in many different ways, some with very many legs! In this program, students will learn about animals that have 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10 legs. How can we use the number of legs to classify different animals into groups? We will find out and meet some examples from our collection. Recommended Grades: K-2

Terrific Trees Trees have a variety of uses for both humans and animals. Students will learn about the different parts of a tree, how to count tree rings, and how to identify some common Connecticut trees by their seeds or leaves. This program includes a short outdoor component, so students should dress appropriately for the weather. Recommended Grades: 1-4

Humanities Programs

Wildlife Artists From Rousseau’s fierce jungles to Audubon’s scientific sketches, many artists over the centuries have been inspired by animals. Now is your chance to join their ranks and create some animal artwork of your own! Students will learn about some famous wildlife artists and have the opportunity to observe and sketch a variety of animals that call the Lutz Children’s Museum their home. Recommended Grades: K-4

Programs Back By Popular Demand

  • Animals of the Night
  • Nutrition
  • Animal Protection
  • Junior Zookeepers
  • Fur, Feathers and Scales
  • Talking Bugs
  • Endangered Species

Family Trips and Programs

Visit Our Nature Center

These forty-five minute programs, recommended for all ages, are held at a nearby nature preserve. After the program is over, groups are welcome to stay at the Nature Center for lunch and exploration, or visit the Lutz Children’s Museum at no extra charge. The program costs $8 per child and includes one free admission coupon to the museum. Book your program in advance and chaperones will be admitted free with groups of ten or more children. Programs are planned for a maximum of twenty-five students; please call if you are interested in accommodations for larger group sizes.

The Podunks of Manchester

The Podunk Tribe walked the trails of Manchester 400 years ago. Join us at the Nature Center for an examination of the lifestyle and culture of Manchester’s native people. Explore the similarities and differences between their lives and the way we live in Manchester today!

Recommended Grades: K-5

Bird Search

Many different types of birds can be found at the Oak Grove Nature Center. We will learn who they are, what sounds they make, and where they live. Visits during good weather will include an outdoor search in addition to meeting birds from the LCM collection. Recommended Grades: K-5

Bug Hunt

It’s time for a Bug Hunt! Get your walking shoes, magnifying glasses, and nets ready… It’s time to explore the bugs at the Oak Grove Nature Center! We will meet some living bugs from the museum’s collection, walk the trails in search of bugs, and learn some simple techniques used in bug identification.

Recommended Grades: K-5

Classes 

The Lutz Children’s Museum is a real museum designed just for children. They may only see the play and fun, but professional museum curators have planned these activities carefully. These experiences promote a love of learning and thirst for knowledge and the skills learned here will help children to be more successful in school and in life.

Museum teaching methods focus on self-discovery and exploration. Real museum artifacts or live animals are integrated into almost every program giving children the opportunity to experience the world first hand. Concerts and trips give young learners the chance to see arts and culture up close and to develop their own tastes and appreciation.

After School Programs

We are taking the museum on the road, and hope to make a stop at your school. We will work with you to design an after school enrichment program, vacation camp, or a full-day extension on early release days.

Professional museum educators will deliver fun and educational programs at your site. Longer programs include breaks for recreation and snack.

Programs are completely funded through registration fees. Schools just provide the space and distribute the information to parents! Cost is based on the length and number of sessions in a series.

Contact LCM Staff at 860.643.0949 x.10 or email order@lutzmuseum.org with any questions or to register for classes.

Register For Classes

Birthday Parties

The Lutz Children’s Museumwas founded by a teacher, Hazel Lutz, to provide educational resources to families and schools. We remain committed to her vision of providing hands-on learning opportunities that prepare students for academic success. We are the perfect place for that weekend getaway with your children. We host a number of events and Tours throughout the museum. A visit to the Lutz Museum is sure to educational and entertaining for all.

Have a unique birthday party at the Lutz Children’s Museum. A Museum Educator will tell a story, show a live animal, and plan a special activity!!

  • Private party room
  • Museum access included the day of the party
  • Invitations for you to mail
  • Name tags for attending children
  • Chaperon’s included

For More Birthday Party Options or to book your Party today, click here

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  • Kimmysloves

    My two girls love this place and honestly I think I like it
    just as much as they do. Although, one of my girls is only three and usually doesn’t
    like to leave my side when she is there she is so engaged and happy. All she
    gives is quick little over the shoulder check to make sure I am still there and
    then she is right back at it. She starts school in the fall and I am going to
    make sure that this will be a regular class trip.

  • james

    i took my kids here, and they really loved it, there was so much to do witht he hands on exhibit. the best part of this museum is that there is something to do every other month, they always have a different exhibit available

  • shinaqua

    this place was pretty cool, i enjoyed it for the most part