Hours and Admission

New Year, New Hours!

Please note that as of January 3, the museum is now open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily.

Member Mornings are now held from 8:00 – 9:00 am on Tuesdays and Saturdays.


Monday through Sunday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm


Adults $16
Children $16
Seniors (over 62) $12
Free for children under 12 months, members and active duty military personnel and their families within the same household.
Parking is free

Stepping Stones is prioritizing the safety and well-being of our visitors by implementing expanded hours and enhanced cleaning procedures. 

Stepping Stones is home to the ELLI Lab School, an early childhood education program.
To align with CT Governor Lamont’s executive order regarding masks in schools and childcare settings, the museum is requiring that masks be worn in our facility by all adults and children ages 24 months and up, regardless of vaccination status.

Click here for more information about our safety protocols.


There are many benefits to becoming a member at Stepping Stones in addition to free admission! Head over to our Membership page to learn more, or reach out to our membership team with any questions by calling 203.899.0606, ext. 264.

Ways to Save

Rates for School/Community Groups

Reservations required. Call 203.899.0606, ext. 208.

Blue Star Museums

In partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense (DoD), Stepping Stones is proud to participate in the Blue Star Museums program. Through the Blue Star Museums program, Stepping Stones offers free admission to our nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve.

Though the Blue Star Museums program runs each year from Armed Forces Day to Labor Day, the generosity of the museum’s supporters of our Open Arms Accessibility Initiative allows Stepping Stones to offer this discounted admission benefit to our military families year-round. Thanks to all of our military families for your service and sacrifice!

Museums for All

Museums for All is a signature access program of the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and the Institute of Library Service (IMLS) to encourage families of all backgrounds to visit the museum regularly and build lifelong museum habits. Stepping Stones is proud to be the first museum in Connecticut to participate in this important access program.

EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cardholders can receive discounted admission to Stepping Stones through the Museums for All program. Simply show your EBT card and a valid form of photo ID when you arrive at our Welcome Desk and pay a $3 per person admission fee (for up to four [4] people per card, per visit).

The discounted rate is only valid during normal operating hours and does not cover special events and fee-based activities. Stepping Stones cannot process EBT transactions. The EBT card will simply be used to identify visitors as qualifiers for Museums for All.