Connecticut has been celebrated for its cultural heritage for generations, yet in some ways, nonetheless, it has remained in the shadow of big cities along the I-95 corridor. Even today, people who dip into its august museums and historical societies are astonished by the depth and breadth of their holdings.
But perhaps it took like-minded visionaries to propose ways to build support for these special places under the banner of cultural tourism. Early efforts ultimately led to the creation of The Connecticut Arts Trail, a constellation of 22 museums and historic sites. A $25 annual Passport has further encouraged people to travel throughout the state and dip into its vast cultural well.