Adult Learning

The Education Department’s line-up of adult public programs and community partnerships includes a wide variety of life-long learning opportunities for everyone, from the first-time museum visitor to the art history scholar, historian and art collector. The Museum provides hands-on activities in its Studio, dynamic multidisciplinary programming in the Performing Arts Center and community outreach opportunities throughout the area. There are numerous thought-provoking ways to connect to art and history including dance, music and theatrical performances, artist talks, scholarly lectures, gallery tours, panel discussions and artist demonstrations.


Adult Programs

  • Artist Talks: Committed to supporting the work of artists in the region, the museum regularly invites artists to discuss their work on view as part of the collection or in conjunction with a special exhibition.
  • Gallery Tours and Lectures: In conjunction with special exhibitions, each month the museum offers walking tours and lectures led by a variety of guests speakers and scholars.
  • Studio @ The MATT: The Museum values the artistic process and therefore offers hands-on studio art classes to students of all abilities and skill levels. Classes are led by some of Connecticut’s finest teaching artists and are inspired by the collection and special exhibitions.
  • MATT by Night: Young professionals and the artistic community (21+) are invited to join us for MATT by Night adventures inspired by the Museum Collections and changing exhibitions. The first hour includes open bar with beer, wine and specialty cocktails.
  • Day Art Trips: Organized every three months, the museum develops chartered bus trips to area museums and other cultural heritage destinations within a 2 to 2.5 hour drive.
  • Wellness @ The MATT: An initiative designed to reduce anxiety and stress by offering tai chi, yoga, and knitting in the museum surrounded by art and history.
  • Author Talks and Book Discussions: Every quarter the museum invites area authors for presentations about a variety of topics related to the museum’s collection, special exhibitions and local topics of history and general interest.
  • Music @ The MATT: The Museum has a long history of offering live music events in its Performing Arts Center, outdoor garden and galleries. Musical genres vary and evening events are scheduled once a month in May, June, July and August.

For a full listing of upcoming adult & family programs, please visit our calendar or download the January-April 2020 Program Brochure.


Community Partnerships


B.R.A.S.S. @ The MATT is a partnership between the museum and Bringing Resources to Action to Serve Seniors, which is a collaboration among the City of Waterbury, Connecticut Community Foundation, and New Opportunities, Inc. This opportunity waives admission for B.R.A.S.S. members, presents music, theater, gallery tours and art workshops developed just for them, and often includes a full lunch with dessert and beverages. Supported in part by the Connecticut Community Foundation.

Memories @ The MATT

This is a collaboration between the Museum and the Alzheimer’s Association, Connecticut Chapter. The program involves engaging gallery tours developed for people with early to mid-stages of dementia and their caregivers, at no cost. Medical researchers have found that people with memory loss and early to moderate Alzheimer’s disease, who are involved with looking at historical artifacts and discussing art as effective therapies, are experiencing positive results and a better quality of life. View upcoming Memories @ The MATT sessions on our calendar or contact Heather Whitehouse at or (203) 753-0381 x117. Complimentary lunch included. RSVP to Tina Hogan at or (860) 308-3458. Supported in part by the Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter.