Welcome to The Mill Museum! / Bienvenidos al Museo Molino!

Welcome to the Mill Museum

Video by Shane Goodrich


Special Exhibition – August 12 though September –

“Welcome to Breadsville, USA”

“Welcome to Breadsville, USA”  exhibition of miniatures in breadboxes. View the themed room boxes created by Glenn Martineau and his wife, Susan.   The exhibition will run through  September. The Museum is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Windham Textile & History  Museum.


New Monthly Event!  —-  Fourth Saturday  —-  Spinning Bee

Come to a Spinning Bee at the Mill Museum! Beginning in September, the Mill Museum will host a monthly Spinning Bee. Spinning spinning-wheel-patricia-montgomeryBees will be held upstairs in the Dugan Building, 155 Union Street, Willimantic, CT, generally on the fourth Saturday of each month, from 10AM to 1PM, but with adjusted dates for holidays. Bring your wheel or drop spindle, and some fiber to spin. If you are new to spinning, this is a wonderful opportunity to talk to other spinners about their wheels, learn about local resources, and get tips to improve your spinning. Parking is easy on Union Street, right outside the door. Contact Peggy Church if you need more information.
Peggychurch@earthlink.net or 860-455-0724.


Nightmare on Main Street: The Horror of Confinement

October 21, 22, 23   Nightmare on Main Street: The Horror of Confinement.  (A look at 19th century Asylums, Prisons, Hospitals and Sanitariums.)  Our visitors will learn about some real life stories that led to  the reform of these often dark and dismal places.  Nellie Bly went undercover in an asylum and wrote about her “Ten Days in a Madhouse.”  Suffragettes  and other women were imprisoned to suppress their voices. Wealthy patrons were committed to resort like sanitariums to be cured of their addictions.  Patients were subjected to cages, shock, cold water treatments and more.  The dead were buried in nameless cemeteries.  Visitors can expect actual  history as well as Halloween fun. Tours start from 7 p.m. through 9:30 p.m.  $10.00 per person.   Not intended for young children.

Stay tuned more details to follow!


New Exhibit: Now Open

Irish Eyes: The Irish Experience in a Connecticut Mill Town

Beginning with the Famine in the 1840s, thousands of Irish came to Willimantic and other Connecticut mill towns, seeking a new life. The first of the “new immigrants,” the Irish were often viewed with hostility by native New Englanders: they practiced a different religion (Roman Catholicism rather than Protestantism), sometimes spoke a different language (Irish Gaelic), and had different customs. They were often poor, refugees fleeing an oppressive regime, and sometimes held radical political ideas. Yet the Irish paved the way for waves of other “new immigrants” that followed them: French Canadians, Poles, Latinos, and others. Come see the the third in the Mill Museum’s series of exhibits about the diverse ethnic groups who came to Willimantic, CT, to help build the Thread City: the Irish.

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Feb. 12 through Oct. 9.

Co-sponsored by the Irish Club of Willimantic.



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