This photograph, circa 1895, was re-photographed in high res. by Sarah Grote Photography, Kate Lockwood, granddaughter of LeGrand Lockwood, (far left, top row) tours Egypt by camel with Ferguson Family, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum. (contributed photo)
Norwalk, CT - The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum located at 295 West Ave., Norwalk, CT, will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticketholders on Saturday, September 22, 2018, 12-4 p.m., as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s 14th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington D.C.-based museums. Tour times at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum are: 12pm & 2pm for the 90 Minute Tour and 1pm & 3pm for the 45 Minute Tour.
Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to access, equity and inclusion. Over 250,000 people downloaded tickets for last year’s event, and Museum Day 2018 is expected to attract more museumgoers than ever before.
The theme of this year’s Museum Day is “Women Making History,” honoring women in society who are trailblazers in the arts, sciences, innovation and culture, and emboldening others to be pioneers as well.
“The Board of Trustees and I are thrilled to join Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day and offer free admission on September 22, 2018 to all Museum Day participants. Visitors will have an opportunity to view the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s special exhibit and learn about the trailblazing women who were part of the fascinating and celebrated history of this National Historic Landmark,” said Susan Gilgore, LMMM Executive Director.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is regarded as the earliest and most significant Victorian era “cottages” in the United States and was built during the Civil War as a summer residence for renowned financier LeGrand Lockwood and his wife Ann Louisa.
During the Gilded Age, the Mansion was a frequent host to American suffragette and survivor of the RMS Titanic, Helen Churchill Candee, mother of Edith Mathews, whose husband was one of the owners of the building at the turn of the century. Ms. Candee grew up in New York and Connecticut and attended school in Norwalk and New Haven. She was a women’s rights advocate, an author, and a journalist. She published her first book, “How Women May Earn a Living in 1900” and wrote for many publications including National Geographic, Atlantic Monthly, and the Ladies’ Home Journal. She eventually moved from New York to Washington D.C., where she became a renowned interior decorator, one of the first in the U.S., working for President Theodore Roosevelt, among others.
In addition to the Museum’s Period Rooms and artifacts on display, on Sept. 22, 2018 the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will feature the exhibit, Collecting in Victorian America: The Great Divide of the Gilded Age, which explores women’s collecting practices and how acting on their acquisitiveness, women surveyed and contributed to the worlds of art, travel, and science during the Victorian era.
Museum Day tickets will be available for download at Smithsonian.com/museumday beginning August 15. Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 22, 2018. One ticket is permitted per email address. A list of participating museums, which will be continually updated as more museums continue to register, can be found at Smithsonian.com/museumday/search.
For more information, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday.