In 1886 William Albert Slater, the son of a wealthy Norwich industrialist, offered to memorialize his father, John Fox Slater, with a new building at the Norwich Free Academy. He chose noted Worcester, Massachusetts architect, Stephen C. Earle, to create a distinctive design. To many, the Slater Memorial was, and remains, Earle's finest work. Its design is Romanesque Revival in what has become known as the Richardsonian Romanesque after another noted 19th century American architect, Henry Hobson Richardson.For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Norwich holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Slater Memorial Museum and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
Slater Memorial Museum Reviews
This museum was spectacular. We were mesmerized by the Cast Gallery. Very affordable admission cost. Beautiful building. Young man working the desk was great. Need to go back. Did not allow ourselves ... more »
We were traveling through the area and wanted to find somewhere to visit for a couple hours until it stopped raining. We had seen a brochure on the Slater Museum and thought it'd be worth a look. We b... more »
It's a museum of museums. That's because this place is loaded with plaster casts of other famous works of art, all crammed into a relatively compact area. Why travel the world to see all of these sculptures when you have them all in one spot. While there are so many statues that surround you, it doesn't feel overly full. Perhaps the balcony gives the added airiness that makes this place feel special. Because many (if not all) of the sculpture works are copies, you can get as close as you'd like to the art. They're all life size or larger, so it's quite an experience to immerse yourself among so many masters' masterpieces. You can also learn about the history of the Slater family, and their Grand Tour journey on their private yacht. There are also works and artifacts representing the history of Norwich, CT, as well as some of the Slater Family's finds from various countries on their world tour. There's even an explanation on how the plaster casts were made. A spacious gallery area is available at the rear of the museum, which hosts annual events and various art shows. Parking can be a little sparse on busy days if you want to park right nearby, but parking exists on a side street if the small lot up front is full. Definitely worth a visit when you're in the area if you want a lot of exposed art.
The Slater Museum is a hidden gem of local and ancient history. The replica statues themselves are worth the price of admission, itself a paltry $3 ($25 for a year pass). These replicas themselves have become a piece of history, as plaster molds they we done in ways that cannot today be legally replicated for fear of damaging the original. The selection of paintings old and new, as well as an African art section, a local antiquitied section, and a small collection of high resolution flower casts all round out a thoroughly worthwhile experience. Ask about the long lost fountain!
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