The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is regarded as one of the earliest and most significant Second Empire Style country houses in the United States. Built by renowned financier and railroad tycoon LeGrand Lockwood between 1864 and 1868, the Mansion, with its unparalleled architecture and interiors, illustrates magnificently the beauty and splendor of the Victorian Era.

Lockwood’s financial reversal in 1869 and his untimely death in 1872 resulted in the loss of the estate, then known as “Elm Park,” through foreclosure in 1874. The property was sold to Charles D. Mathews and his wife Rebecca in 1876. Mathews, a prominent importer from New York, and his family, resided in the mansion until 1938. In 1941 the estate was sold to the City of Norwalk and designated a public park.

The Mansion was a technological marvel of its time: it had indoor hot and cold plumbing, gas lighting, ventilation, and a central heating system that burned a ton of coal a day. Even President Lincoln’s White House was not so advanced. Indeed, there is no comparable mansion museum in our state. Built during the Civil War and still inhabited during the Great Depression, there is no institution in Connecticut that is better able to bring to life these significant events in American history.

When the building was threatened with demolition in the 1960s, concerned citizens galvanized to save the mansion in one the most important and hard fought preservation battles in Connecticut’s history. These local preservationists succeeded in saving the mansion in 1965 and later formed the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum of Norwalk, Inc., which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1971.

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Permitted Uses Exhibition, Special Event
Disciplines Visual Art
Restrictions On Use Grill use or open flames are strictly prohibited within the buildings and veranda areas. Smoking is strictly prohibited inside the Mansion. Smoking will be permitted outside. An urn is available next to the front door for proper disposal of smoking materials. Rice, confetti, paper/fabric petals, and flower petals are not allowed to be used inside the Museum, outside on the veranda, or on the Park grounds. While bubbles and bird seed are allowed to be used on the grounds, they are not allowed on the veranda or in the Museum at any time. If there is evidence that any of the above items were used, a fee will be incurred to restore any damage to its original condition. Please inform your band or DJ, that bubble machines and fog machines are also prohibited. Guests will, at no time, be allowed in alarmed areas of exhibit rooms. Food/beverages will not be allowed in the Vestibule or public areas of the “Period Rooms” including the Library, Music Room, Dining Room and Drawing Room. Chewing gum is NOT allowed in any areas of the Museum. It is the job of the paid staff at these events to be vigilant in watching for spills and remove any abandoned glasses. See the schedule of rates regarding monitors for these rooms. Spiked high heeled shoes are limited to the carpeted areas of the Museum. All Museum collections/chairs/tables in the public areas have the appropriate “please do not sit” signage. Guests will respect the “no sit/touch” policy of the collections. Guests will refrain from touching of woodwork, walls or exhibits. Appropriate signage will be posted. Pets are not allowed in the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum with the exception of seeing-eye dogs. Activities are prohibited that would injure the grounds or buildings. No amplified music in any form is allowed on the veranda at any time including the placement of amplifiers or speaking directed toward or into the veranda space. Amplified music is restricted to the interior of the Mansion and in the designated tent sites with specific approval by the Authorized Representative of the Museum or the Chairman of the Board. No loud music or noise will be allowed after Midnight on Friday, Saturday, or evenings before Holidays; and after 10pm Sunday through Thursday. People are not allowed to sit on the Grand Staircase for reasons of personal safety and the structural integrity of the building. The use of fireworks, sparklers or flares is strictly prohibited in and around the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum and the Mathews Park grounds and under tents. Such use is grounds for immediate removal of violators and/termination of the event. Wet bars setup in the Museum can only be in the Entrance Hall and Billiards Room. No wet bars are allowed in the Rotunda, or any other areas of the house. Floors must be protected. Plastic and rubber mats must buffer collars, which must be elevated to avoid moisture damage.


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How To Book

Please call either (203) 838-9799, x5 or e-mail

Hours Of Operation The office is open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
Rental Policy The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum expects the User to conduct his/her event in a manner which gives proper consideration for the historic nature of the buildings, decorations, equipment and furnishings located within the Mansion. The following regulations, in addition to the specific requirements set forth previously, have been established to protect the facility and its contents. In addition, reason and common sense must be utilized in the conduct of your affair.
Cancellation Policy Use of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is considered cancelled when the Museum receives a prescribed cancellation form fully executed by the User or the Designated Representative. The date of receipt of this form by the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is the date of cancellation. If however, under certain circumstances whereupon the User had failed to complete all parts of the application process within the time period permitted or, in the opinion of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s Authorized Representative or the Director of the Board, the actions or comments of the User are such that it can reasonable be determined that the User has failed or refused without good cause to excuse and return the prescribed cancellation form, then the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum Authorized Representative or the Chairman of the Board may terminate the User’s event by complying with the following procedure: The Museum shall send a letter via certified mail return receipt requested to the User at the address indicated on the reservation form. This letter shall explain in detail what actions the User has failed to take in accordance with the rules and regulations set forth herein or upon what circumstances the Museum feels the User has indicated his or her desire not to go forward with the transaction. The User shall have a period of fifteen (15) days from the receipt of this letter to either cure the defect or inform the Museum that he or she fully intends to continue with the reservation. Should the User fail to respond or fail to correct a discrepancy within this fifteen (15) day period, the reservation shall be cancelled effective that date and all of the other terms and conditions concerning cancellation and refund of payment shall apply. If your use of the facilities is cancelled within 3 working days after your Application and Agreement for License is fully executed and accepted, the payment shall be refunded. If your use of the facilities is cancelled subsequent to your three day Right of Rescission, the payment automatically becomes non-refundable and shall be forfeited. If your use of the facilities is postponed due to the death of or a bona fide emergency medical problem of you or your actual/proposed spouse, parents and/or children of either you or your actual/proposed spouse (which documented to the complete satisfaction of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum), the following additional refund policy shall apply: (1) postponed up to 61 days prior to event, all of the balance shall be applied to a future Museum reservation only; (2) postponed 30 to 60 days prior to event, 50% of the balance shall be applied to a future reservation only; (3) postponed within 29 days prior to event, 25% of the balance shall be applied to a future Museum reservation only. In all cases the 25% non-refundable down payment will be forfeited and the security deposit will be returned. A future Museum reservation must be fully executed within one year subsequent to the date of postponement or the balance to be applied shall be forfeited.
Open to last minute space requests. -
Booking Requirements Deposit, On site meeting, Proof of liability insurance required
Rental Personnel On site manager
Performance Personnel -
Payment Types Cash, Check, Credit card
Options -
Other Allowed Activities Street shoes, Amplified music, Alcohol permitted

Features EditEdit Features

Space Dimensions -
Space Features Heated
Technology WiFi
Flooring Wood, Carpet
Stage Configuration -
Stage Dimensions -
Seating capacity 150
Seating Flexible seating

Equipment EditEdit Equipment

Lighting Fluorescent, Natural lighting/windows
Furniture -
Amenities Kitchen/pantry
Instruments and Accessories -
Audio Equipment -
Video/Film Equipment -
Studio Arts/Maker Equipment -

Accessibility EditEdit Accessibility

Virtual Tour Click here to view a virtual tour of the space.
Additional Accessibility Info
Parking Free garage/lot parking
Accessibility ADA or AODA compliant, Elevator
Audience Services Restrooms
Miscellaneous -

Rates EditEdit Rates

Use Hourly Daily Weekly Monthly
Exhibition - - - -
Special Event $499 - - -

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