Mattatuck Museum ~ Programs, Events & More

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EVENTS, PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS ~

Monday, August 5, 4:00-6:00 pm.

Create a hand-held puppet with a Mattatuck Museum’s teaching artist and enjoy the stories of The Dragon King, Cinderella, and Hansel & Gretel, a spectacular marionette show by Tanglewood Marionettes (presented by Arts for Learning). All children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. Pre-registration required.

$5 per Family

Family Free Art Activity - Saturday, August 3 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Join the Mattatuck Museum before-hours and dive into art and history at Rose Hill. Enjoy story time followed by a fun family-friendly activity outside in our garden (weather permitting)! Hear the story Anne of Green Gables rewritten by Stephanie Clarkson (originally by L.M. Montgomery, 1908). Tag along with Anne on her adventures with best friend Diana and classmate Gilbert as they explore Prince Edward Island in this classic tale. Color and create seaside attire paper dolls. Sponsored by the American Savings Foundation.

Suggested Donation: $3 per Family

String-Puller Puppet Party

Decoupage 101

Tuesday, August 20 @ 2:00-4:30 p.m.

Découpage is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf and other decorative elements. Attendees will join Mattatuck Museum staff member Heather Whitehouse and complete a small keepsake box that could hold some of your own old photos or mementos. Once you learn the basics of Découpage you will be able to complete larger projects on your own. All materials included.  $15 Members / $25 General

Roseland Cottage & Sharpe Hill Vineyard - Thursday, August 22 @ 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Join Mattatuck Museum and enjoy a day in Woodstock, CT, starting at the beautiful Gothic Revival style, Roseland Cottage. The house is instantly recognizable for its pink exterior and has an equally colorful interior, featuring elaborate wall coverings, heavily patterned carpets, and stained glass, much of which survives unchanged from the Victorian era. Spend time in the Cottage’s gardens during lunch, followed by Victorian Secrets: Bustles, Bloomers, and the Women of Roseland Cottage, a lecture about the fashionable Victorian silhouette. Then, on to Sharpe Hill Vineyard, for a sampling of their delicious wines while taking in the views of this quiet country setting. Price includes transportation, lecture, guided tour admission, and 6 wine samples and souvenir glass. Please bring your own bagged lunch. Limited seating for 11 people. Pre-registration required.

$95 Members / $115 General

Docent Meet Up - Monday, August 26 @ 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Historically, a docent lectured while visitors listened, but today’s dynamic docents of The MATT @ Rose Hill work with children and adults alike to create and facilitate conversation-based tours that bring art & history to life. Share your passion for art and history with the Museum’s visitors. Join the volunteer docent program and learn about the Museum’s temporary home at Rose Hill and the collection on view throughout the first floor. 

Free

Summer Book Club

Tuesday, August 27 @ 1:00-3:00 p.m.

The Only Woman in The Room: A Novel Written by Marie Benedict

Join Mattatuck Museum for a summer book club featuring 3 novels with strong female leads including the true story of an underestimated scientist during WWII; and two women, decades apart, connected by mystery. Reading the books in advance of each month’s program is highly encouraged.

In this month’s novel meet Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler. Her beauty almost certainly saved her from the rising Nazi party and led to marriage with an Austrian arms dealer. She overheard the Third Reich’s plans while at her husband’s side, understanding more than anyone would guess. She devised a plan to flee from their castle, and the whirlwind escape landed her in Hollywood. She became Hedy Lamarr, screen star. But she kept a secret more shocking than her heritage or her marriage: she was a scientist. And she knew a few secrets about the enemy. She had an idea that might help the country fight the Nazis—if anyone would listen to her. A powerful novel based on the incredible true story of the glamour icon and scientist whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern communication. 

$7 Members / $15 General

To register please call the Mattatuck Museum at (203) 753-0381 x130 or visit online at mattmuseum.org

ONGOING PROGRAMS at THE MATT~

Yoga in the Galleries - Tuesdays @ 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Find a calm mind and a strengthened body with an all-levels flowing yoga class in the Museum at Rose Hill with instructor Alex Capaldo. Bring your own mat or purchase a MATT mat in the Museum gift shop for $45.  $8 Members / $12 General / $3 Brass

Tai Chi - Wednesdays @ 10:00-11:00 a.m.

This graceful, meditative, one-hour class at The MATT @ Rose Hill promotes serenity, improved balance and increased flexibility through gentle flowing movements with certified instructor Joe Atkins. Wear comfortable clothing. All levels are welcome.

$8 Members / $12 General / $3 Brass

Plein Air Painting - Fridays @ 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Calling all Plein Air (outdoor) painters- Artist groups and clubs welcome! Capture the beauty of the past at the Gothic Revival Rose Hill mansion with painting (outdoors only) and indoor sketching. Participants should bring their own supplies. Indoor permissible art materials are limited to graphite, colored pencils, erasers, sketch pads, and drawing boards. Easels are not allowed indoors.

$3 per person

The Mattatuck Museum is in the midst of a capital campaign to fund a renovation and expansion project for their building. Construction is scheduled to take approximately one year. During that time, the Museum will be temporarily relocated to Rose Hill, a historic house located at 63 Prospect Street. A portion of the Museum’s permanent collection will be on view, as well as a special exhibit on the history of Rose Hill and the three families that lived there historically – the Chase, Welton, and Scovill families. Museum staff also plans to offer a series of special programs and events throughout the construction period that will take place at Rose Hill and in venues throughout the City of Waterbury. These programs include lectures, tours, pop-up exhibits, and other surprises for members and visitors.

The Mattatuck Museum is operated with support from the Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development/CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail, a group of 21 world-class museums and historic sites (ctarttrail.org). Located on the green in Waterbury, CT at 63 Prospect Street, the Museum is open Monday through Friday, noon to 5:00 p.m., the first full weekend of the month Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 5:00 p.m. Convenient, free parking is located at Rose Hill and in the Museum lot which can be accessed through the Prospect Street gate on Park Place.