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Waterbury, Connecticut: Button Museum

On the top floor of the Mattatuck Museum. 3,000 buttons on display, part of a 20,000-button collection amassed in the 1950s.

Mattatuck Museum

144 W. Main St., Waterbury, CT
Mattatuck Museum. I-84 exit 21. Drive north on Meadow St. At the fourth stoplight, turn right onto W. Main St. As you approach the Green, you'll pass a gas station on the right. You'll see a large statue and a traffic island in the middle of the road; get into the middle lane facing the traffic light on the left. Turn left around the back of the statue, then immediately turn left onto Park Place, between the museum and the YMCA.
Tu-Sa 10-5, Su 12-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $10.
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Button exhibit.

Button Museum

The Mattatuck Museum was extensively renovated while they were closed for Covid. The buttons are pretty amazing in their detail and diversity. There are so many it's a bit overwhelming. Wished they had more in the way of descriptions/labels and better lighting in the area. Also wish our modern clothes could come with wonderful buttons.

[Annie, 11/17/2022]

Button exhibit.

Button Museum

I went here in November and was really impressed with the variety of buttons on display. Some of them are very intricate and almost looked like coins. Others reminded me of fishing lures. All are behind glass.

[signmanjoe, 12/18/2018]


Button Museum

A collection of something close to 20,000 old buttons (the kind on your clothes). They have hand painted ones, carved ones... it is actually the top floor of the Mattatuck Museum, which is a fine art museum in itself.

[Matthew Ford, 10/12/2002]

The collection was assembled in the 1950s by Warren F. Kaynor for The Waterbury Button Company. Dec. 2018: Photo added.

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