The Mattatuck Museum will host a Tea and Tour of the new exhibit, Rooms with a View: 200 Years of American Design with Adrienne St. Pierre on Wednesday June 15, 2011 from 1:00-3:00pm. Costume historian Adrienne St. Pierre, of the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, will explain the cultural history that inspired and sometimes required, the variety seen in men’s and women’s clothing styles.

   This exciting exhibition draws from the museum’s collections to showcase furniture, textiles, costumes and objects d’art not usually on view. Explore 200 years of history and learn how and why home design changed from the simple furnishings of the Colonial era to the rich parlors of the Victorian era.  The Victorian era’s spirited, luxurious forms are captured in the parlor of the home of the Luther White family of Waterbury; the furniture, paintings, mirrors and ornamental articles will be displayed as they were in the family home.  Ms. St. Pierre will give us the historian’s insight in why and when changes in style and taste shifted.

   Following the guided tour participants will enjoy tea, finger sandwiches and sweets in the BMuse Café. Admission to Rooms with a View: 200 Years of American Design Tea and Tour with Adrienne At. Pierre is $7 for museum members and $14 for non-members. Space is limited, reserve your spot early. Join the museum to immediately qualify for the member discount. Please register in advance at or by calling (203) 753-0381 ext. 10. 

   For more information on all of the museum’s programs, events, and exhibits visit the website at or call us at (203) 753-0381. The Mattatuck Museum is operated with support from the Connecticut Commission on Cultural & Tourism, and is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail, fifteen world-class museums and historic sites ( Located at 144 West Main Street, Waterbury, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.  Convenient, free parking is located behind the museum on Park Place.