Museums in New Haven, Connecticut range from Yale's fine art to American history
1080 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT, 06510
America’s home of the finest in British Art
The Center 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. It includes 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. The Center offers exhibitions and programs, including lectures, concerts, films, symposia, tours, and family events. Museum hours: Tues–Sat, 10 am–5 pm; Sun, noon–5 pm. Museum Shop hours: Mon–Sat, 10 am–5 pm; Sun, noon–5 pm. Free and open to the public.
Connecticut Children's Museum
22 Wall Street
New Haven, CT, 06511
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.
Eli Whitney Museum
915 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT, 06517
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.
Yale Collection of Musical Instruments
15 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT, 06520
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.
Shore Line Trolley Museum
17 River Street
East Haven, CT, 06512
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
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Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum
1188 Highland Ave. (Route 10)
Cheshire, CT, 06410
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.