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Little known to many visitors to the New Haven and Yale area, this museum is a wonderful treasure with displays of nearly 1000 musical instruments and other artifacts. The museum is one of the largest and most important repositories of musical instruments in the world, and is especially known for its collection of clavichords, harpsichords and pianos. Located on historic Hillhouse Avenue (described by Mark Twain as "the most beautiful street in America"), this quiet museum is not to be missed.
Housed in two buildings at Southern Connecticut State University, the Ethnic Heritage Center houses exhibits, archives and educational programs throughout the year. Exhibits, artifacts and programs are possible through associations with other ethnic historical societies in New Haven and Connecticut. If you are interested in learning about the different cultures and people who make up the area, a trip to the Ethnic Heritage Center is the perfect way to do so.
One of Connecticut's oldest attractions is a great day trip just minutes from downtown New Haven. You can ride the country's oldest continually operating suburban trolley, between the East Haven Green and Branford's Short Beach, and view nearly 100 classic trolley cars. There are no food facilities so, in good weather, a picnic lunch is suggested. Before your departure, board the trolley souvenir shop for collectibles. Call ahead for varying dates.
Ireland's Great Hunger Museum is what its name says it is; a hunger museum, offering you insight into the hardships of hunger through the medium of art. Exhibits include paintings that depict various fictional instances of famine, poverty, and injustice, delving deep into the plight of the poor and the destitute. Exhibitions and workshops are also organized here.
Built in 1840 by Wilbur Osbourne, Osbornedale House is revival style Greek house which currently functions as a house museum in Derby, Connecticut. The house was originally a farmhouse, with the Osbourne family running a dairy farm in the estate land around it. The house was privately-owned until 1956 when the property was donated to the state. The house is open to the public, offering guided tours around the entire property.
The National Helicopter Museum documents the history of the helicopter and aviation. Established in 1983 by Dr. Raymond Jankowich and Robert McCloud, the museum traces the progress from the rotary wings to helicopters and aircrafts. The showcased collection includes the gas turbine engines of Bell Helicopter UH-1 Iroquois and Boeing CH-47 Chinook, models of aircraft by Boeing,Bell and Sikorsky among many others. Visitors can also check the operational cockpit of the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter. The museum also organises events in the form of lectures by experts.
The New England Carousel Museum in Bristol contains one of the largest collections of antique carousel horses and carousels in the United States. Explore the Golden Age of the Carousel at this one-of-a-kind museum that displays and restores these priceless, unique works of art. A great museum for those that love antique entertainment in general.
The American Clock & Watch Museum (ACWM) is dedicated to the heritage of timekeeping. Trace the history, origin and science of horology. Its collection includes a wide range of watches, clocks and time pieces spanning across centuries and sourced from all over the world. It also features a library with catalogs and research material open by appointment.