THE MUSEUM IS CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS; PLEASE ENJOY THE VIRTUAL EXHIBIT (NOW WITH ADDED SCENES!) IN THE MEANTIME.

MUSEUM EXPANSION CAMPAIGN!

THANK YOU to the generous donors who supported the Katharine Hepburn Museum Campaign during Sonny and Christine Whelen‘s challenge match! With an anticipated opening this fall, we look forward to bringing you this one-of-a-kind museum experience in honor of the great Katharine Hepburn.

Gifts are still being accepted – donate here!

Read more about the project.


Virtual Exhibit (with added scenes!) Now Streaming!

The Kate is pleased to present the virtual exhibit, Katharine Hepburn: Unintentional Trailblazer. Through Kate’s own words, via narration from her autobiography and letters written to her family, plus items from our collection you’ll explore different facets of Katharine Hepburn’s life and cultural impact. Keep in mind that this is not a chronological documentary of the great Kate but an online exhibit. We encourage you to view it as you would a traditional exhibit – pause to reread captions, rewind to see particular pieces again, and continue to revisit it over and over.

Tell us what you think! Complete this brief survey to review the online exhibit and offer suggestions for future programs.

The project is funded in part by a grant from Connecticut Humanities. The Kate is grateful to Katharine Houghton, Cynthia McFadden, and the Hepburn estate for providing access to special materials, and to Wayne and Barbara Harms for their generous support toward this project.

Become a Kate Enthusiast!

Join fellow fans in sustaining Ms. Hepburn’s legacy with an annual gift of $50 to support the preservation of Kate memorabilia. Your status as a Kate Enthusiast will provide:

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  • Premiere Access to Museum content – be the first to know about additions to the collection and receive invitations to exclusive in-person and virtual programs
  • Annual Special Gift – 2021 Kate magnet
  • A 10% discount on all purchases at the Kate Boutique (taxes and shipping and handling fees excluded)
  • Recognition in the Kate’s Annual Report as a Kate Enthusiast

You’ll receive a welcome packet with Kate Enthusiast card and magnet by mail.
Current Kate Members will receive premiere access to Museum content during the inaugural year of this program, through April 1, 2022.


Also available to view…

Katharine Hepburn: IMAGE IS EVERYTHING

An in-depth discussion and analysis of Katharine Hepburn’s grasp on the power of her appearance hosted by Ann Nyberg with Jean Druesedow and Judy Samelson.

Katharine Hepburn: LEGEND, HEROINE, AND YANKEE ECCENTRIC

What does a professor of folklore have to say about one of the most important actresses of the 20th century? Professor Stephen Gencarella explores various aspects of Katharine Hepburn’s personality and her approach to life and her career.

About the Museum

Katharine Hepburn first came to the town of Old Saybrook in 1912 when she was not quite five years old. Her family’s summer house here, in the borough of Fenwick, became her refuge from the demands of her career. She called it “paradise” and it was to this paradise she would retire in 1997. Fittingly, she also died here in 2003, the same year the Town of Old Saybrook voted to restore the old Town Hall. Two years later, Ms. Hepburn’s family granted the Town the right to name the renovated building after her. A museum in the first floor lobby focuses on her career and her life in Connecticut and permanently honors her just as our name does.

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The world shared the talent of Ms. Hepburn, but it was the people of Old Saybrook who knew her not as international star, but neighbor. That is what makes the Kate special and this connection is emphasized with memorabilia and reminiscences about Ms. Hepburn, our neighbor and friend.

In addition to many photographs from Katharine Hepburn’s life and career, the museum also features her 1975 Primetime Emmy Award, among others, and several of her paintings, including a self-portrait. The museum is open during box office hours and performances.

If you wish to book a guided tour or bring a large group to the museum, please contact info@thekate.org or call the box office for more information.

THE MUSEUM IS CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS; PLEASE ENJOY THE VIRTUAL EXHIBIT IN THE MEANTIME.

There is no charge to visit the museum.