Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center



Welcome to the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, the non-traditional, conversational, and interactive museum dedicated to Harriet Beecher Stowe that is located in Hartford, Connecticut.

Within this museum center, you will learn all about Stowe's personal life as well as the impact her most famous novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, had on the United States during its time and today. While exploring the gorgeously preserved Victorian Gothic Cottage where Stowe lived for 23 years you will connect the past to the present and discuss the social issues of the 19th century and today.

Within the home, her very last home during her lifetime, you will see several rooms with Stowe's personal design choices, the rooms filled with various decorative arts and oil paintings reflecting the time. As you walk through the home you will learn all about Stowe's childhood, travels, marriage, family, and most importantly, her courage.

Groups with children ages 5-12 will want to take the Family Tour, and older groups can choose from the Group Tour, School Tour, or various Specialty Tours such as the Black Experience Tour, the Preservation Tour, and the Spirits at Stowe Otherworldly Tour.

During the Family, Group, and School tours you will see how Stowe's most famous novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, completely changed the attitude of 'people as property'. You will also learn all about slavery and the role of women and how that resonates today in the forms of racism, mass incarceration, immigration, and equal pay.