Explore our exhibits for yourself! All exhibitions are included with your admission, as well as the open storage display in our programs gallery. Most of our exhibits include a virtual component which is accessible through a physical qr code in each gallery as well as being linked below.
Westport Museum is in the process of a multi-year cataloging of its archival holdings with the aim toward making resource guides and finding aids available for research use. It is the museum’s goal to describe our historic records and holdings in a way that both accurately reflects the historic record while remaining respectful to those represented in the collections particularly those from underrepresented communities including Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and other marginalized groups. Despite this, researchers may come across language describing period records and within them that today we consider racist, xenophobic, homophobic, sexist and ableist in nature. Read the rest of our Statement on Potentially Offensive Language in Westport Museum’s Finding Aids and Resource Descriptions here.
Back in 2018, Westport Museum held a year-long exhibit called “History of Westport in 100 Objects” in which we shared the nearly four hundred year history of the town using different objects. We are bringing back that always-popular exhibit here–virtually.
Westport Museum’s award winning exhibit “Remembered” retells the history of African American families in Westport from colonial days to the present. Out of a history born of slavery, black Westporters persevered, gaining freedom and creating lives in the town as educators, freedom fighters, artists, patriots and respected citizens.
“Dragon Lady” highlights the World War II reporter, Chicago tribune Berlin bureau chief and longtime Westport resident Sigrid Schultz—as well as how her reporting reflects many controversial issues still present in the United States today.
“Taking the Cure”, casts a lens on the social management of illness–particularly mental illness–from the dawn of psychiatric care in the 19th century through the 1960s. The exhibit examines the ways in which public health has been managed over time and the various ways that individual members of society participated in the process.
Nell Dorr (1893-1988) was born in Ohio and apprenticed as a portrait photographer under the guidance of her father, John Jacob Becker, a professional chemist and photographer. She excelled in her craft at her studio in Westport at a time when few women worked as professionals in the field.