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

4th Floor Galleries - Yale Center for British Art - New Haven, CT - Photo Credit Harold Shapiro
Yale Center for British Art

1080 Chapel Street New Haven, CT, 06510 Phone: 203-432-2800 Toll-Free: 877-274-8278

America’s home of the finest in British Art

The YCBA houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom, encompassing works in a range of media from the Elizabethan period to the present day. It offers exhibitions and programs year-round, including lectures, concerts, films, symposia, tours, and family events. Museum Hours: Tues–Sat, 10am–5pm; Sun, Noon–5pm. Museum Shop hours: Mon–Sat, 10am–5pm; Sun, Noon–5pm. Free and open to the public.
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. 
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 a full description on our Historic Homes & Sites page.
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. 
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Eli Whitney Museum

915 Whitney Avenue Hamden, CT 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: Labor Day to Memorial Day, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Memorial Day to Labor Day, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Water Learning Lab is open on the weekends from May through October.
Admission: There is no charge for admission. There is a fee of $10-$12 to build Walk In Projects.
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.
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