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Museums in New Haven, Connecticut range from Yale's fine art to American history

1080 Chapel Street New Haven, CT, 06520 Phone: 203-432-2800 Toll-Free: 877-274-8278

America’s home of the finest in British Art

The Yale Center for British Art houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. Presented to the university by Paul Mellon (Yale College, Class of 1929), the collection reflects the development of British art and culture from the Elizabethan period onward. The Center’s collections include more than 2,000 paintings, 250 sculptures, 20,000 drawings and watercolors, 40,000 prints, and 35,000 rare books and manuscripts. More than 40,000 volumes supporting research in British art and related fields are available in the Center’s Reference Library. Museum hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10 am–5 pm; Sunday noon–5 pm. Museum Shop hours: Monday–Saturday 10 am–5 pm; Sunday noon–5 pm. Check the Center’s website for extended hours or closures. Free and open to the public.

Connecticut Children's Museum

22 Wall Street New Haven, CT, 06511 Phone: 203-562-5437

Interactive, innovative and inclusive museum with eight rooms of hands-on exhibits, observation bee hive, the Great Green Room from Goodnight Moon, and a pint-size post office. Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Adults, $14.75 (regular planetarium show included); children age 2-12 and seniors over age 62, $13.75 (regular planetarium show included. Information: www.thechildrensmuseumct.org.

Shore Line Trolley Museum

17 River Street East Haven, CT, 06512 Phone: 203-467-6927

The first half of the twentieth century comes to life throughout this large trolley yard and trolley system. Discover the stories behind painted trolleys, check out trolley equipment, and marvel at photos of days long past. See full description of Shore Line Trolley Museum

Eli Whitney Museum

915 Whitney Avenue Hamden, CT, 06517 Phone: 203-777-1833

Museum focusing on Eli Whitney's life, his inventions and his legacy. In addition to historic exhibits, the museum also holds a water learning lab and outdoor study areas. The barn, built in 1816, is the site of special events throughout the year. Hours: HOurs change seasonally; call ahead. Admission: free; charge for programs. Information: www.eliwhitney.org.

Yale Collection of Musical Instruments

15 Hillhouse Avenue New Haven, CT, 06520 Phone: 203-432-0822

More than 800 16th- to 20th-century musical instruments documenting European and American music tradition. Concert series September to April. Hours: September through July, Tuesday-Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Closed during August. Admission: $2 donation. Information: www.yale.edu/musicalinstruments/

Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum

1188 Highland Ave. (Route 10) Cheshire, CT, 06410 Phone: 203-699-3822

Over 80,000 items including toys and character collectibles from 1873 to present; Western, TV and advertising collectibles; cartoon memorabilia; official musuem for Celebriducks, the California Raisin and Gumby; sculpture gallery. Hours:Wednesday through Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Admission: Adults, $5; children age 2 to 12, $3. Information: www.barkermuseum.com/