Lockwood Mathews Mansion opens for Spring April 5

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum opens its spring-summer season on Wed. April 5, 2017, 12-4 p.m., with new programs and extended tour hours. LMMM will be opened to the public through Jan. 8, 2018 and feature a 45 minute tour as well as a new and extended, 90 minute tour; both tours will be available by reserving online, through the Museum’s website, or by calling 203-838-9799 ext. 4. The 45 minute tour will include the first floor of the Mansion and the Servants’ Quarters, while the 90 minute tour will be more extensive and include the Mansion’s second floor bedroom suites and family room. Walk-ins will be welcomed subject to availability. All new exhibitions will be part of the tours’ admission.


New Exhibition
Wedding Traditions and Fashion from the 1860s to 1930s
Wed. April 5, -Sun. Nov. 12, 2017
Curated by Kathleen Motes Bennewitz
Opening Reception: Thurs. April 6, 2017, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $10 non-members $5 members
Gen. Admission: $10 Adults, $ 8 seniors, $6 children 8-18 years old/45 minute tour
Gen. Admission: $20 adults, $18 seniors, $16 children 8-18 years old/90 minute tour

From simple, at-home ceremonies to lavish events modeled on Queen Victoria’s, to weddings of young heiresses of Gilded Age fortunes that commanded social-page attention, this exhibition will explore the evolving nature of weddings and the socio-economic changes of this timeless tradition during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Dining and Drawing Rooms of the Mansion will display luxurious artifacts and accessories, as well as elaborate wedding gowns, while the Servants’ Quarters of the Museum will highlight ceremonies of immigrant brides who, once settled in the United States, desired to follow American customs and fashions.


New Exhibition
Right Angle Bliss
Contemporary Photography Exhibit
Curated by Gail Ingis-Claus
Wed. April 5, 2017-Thurs., July 6, 2017
Opening Reception: April 27, 2017, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $10 non-members $5 members
Gen. Admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 children 8-18 years old/45 minute tour
Gen. Admission: $20 adults, $18 seniors, $16 children 8-18 years old/90 minute tour
From vows taken in magnificent settings, to cutting edge images that will redefine rituals and boundaries, this exhibition will feature six up-and-coming as well as award-winning photographers that highlight today’s diversity of cultures and customs in wedding ceremonies throughout the United States. Right Angle Bliss will capture the tenderness, whimsy, beauty, and grit of the promised, “I Do”, and visually redefine this time-honored tradition through the lenses of photographers: Stephanie Anestis, David Bravo, Sarah Grote, Kathy Harris, Airen Miller, and Karol Setlak.
Heavenly Notes: St. Mary’s at the Mansion

Sun. May 7, 2017, 2-4 p.m.
Reservations Required – Limited Seating
Admission: $30 (third row and up) -$50 (second row seating), $100 (front row seating)
Reception: $10 per person

In collaboration with the Parish of St. Mary’s in Norwalk, CT, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will feature, Heavenly Notes: St. Mary’s at the Mansion, a rare fundraising concert highlighting the church’s outstanding choir. Repertoire will feature music from the Victorian and Edwardian eras led by Organist and Choirmaster David Hughes. As described in Florence Mathews’ diary, there was a longstanding relationship between St. Mary’s and the Mathews family, as the church was central to the life of the many servants who lived and worked at the Mansion during the Edwardian era. Built in 1848, and originally located on Chapel Street in Norwalk, St. Mary’s burned to the ground and was replaced by a magnificent Gothic Revival stone church in 1871 on West Avenue, half a mile from the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion.

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