The Mattatuck Museum Arts and History Center is located in Waterbury, Connecticut and was established by the town's historical society in 1877. The purpose of the center was to preserve the history of that area of the state. The Mattatuck region is made up of ten towns surrounding Waterbury. The center was accredited by the American Association of Museums in 1976, making it one of the first in the state to receive such an honor. Known for engaging the community in understanding the history of the area, the center features a variety of exhibits and collections of national significance. The mission of the center is to provide the " community with professional scholarship, preservation, and historical programming about our heritage, stimulates the interest in the fine and decorative arts of Connecticut by showcasing their highest quality and expression, and encourages an appreciation of the humanities and the fine arts through its collections, exhibits and programs." The collection includes watercolors, paintings, drawings, etchings, prints and sculptural pieces. Artists represented in the collection include William Jennys, John Trumbull, Frederick Church, John Kensett, John Ferguson Weir, Charles Ethan Porter, Anni and Josef Albers, Milton Avery, Cleve Gray, Abe Ajay, Hans Richter, Peter Poskas and Kay Sage.