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

MUSEUM EXPANSION MATCHING CHALLENGE!

Kate supporters Sonny and Christine Whelen have generously offered to match all donations to the Museum Expansion Campaign through July 30th! For every $1 donated, the Kate will receive $2. Join us in creating the only museum of its kind in honor of the great Katharine Hepburn.

Donate now!

Read more about the project.

Your support toward this project is greatly appreciated and will be recognized as such:

*ALL gifts will be doubled by the matching challenge and donors will be listed in our Annual Report

*Donations of $50+ will be recognized as Kate Enthusiasts for one year and will receive invitations to special Museum events.

*Donations of $500+ will be recognized on a plaque displayed near the entrance to the new Museum.

We look forward to bringing you a one-of-a-kind Kate experience!


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:

The Kate magnet.
  • 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.


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.