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Housed within a beautiful Colonial Revival-style building, the New Haven Museum is dedicated to preserving the rich past of the region. Visitors at the museum will be able to trace the region's origins as a sleepy seafaring village and its subsequent transformation into a thriving industrial and residential community through a diverse range of artifacts and exhibits. From local art, photographs and other extensive collections sourced from historic families and ancient New Haven homes, to vintage furniture and 18th and 19th-century artworks, the museum presents a comprehensive catalog of the city's heritage. The New Haven Museum is also home to the Whitney Research Library, which comprises of priceless manuscripts, rare books and other archival collections from the city's early settlement era.
The Heritage Center was established in the year 1984, and is located at George Street, and is adjacent to the famous St.Micheal Catholic Church of New Haven. Around 75 years ago, it started off as a small initiative with a few photographs, and today the center has grown to seven huge exhibition rooms, and includes historical documents of all Ukrainians settled in New Haven and Connecticut, a collection of Ukrainian artifacts and costumes, and other major literary resources, which includes more than 4000 books in both English and Ukrainian language and are available on a lending basis. This initiative has not only preserved the culture and heritage of Ukraine, but also given a platform to showcase the true rich culture and heritage of Ukraine to the world. The center is open on weekends i.e. Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and entry is free for all.
The Macdonough Art Gallery is located in the Albertus Magnus College in Prospect Hill neighborhood of New Haven. The gallery is popular with locals and tourists as it hosts exhibits of regional and celebrated artists like Jonathan Wells(Photo-montages), Lesie S Orjuela(Paintings) etc to name a few. Also on display are collections of digital images by local artist. Every spring, students of Albertus Magnus College display their exhibits for public viewing. Art lovers and amateur artist can spend a wonderful time admiring the works of art on display, and take inspiration from them.Gallery timings differ depending on the exhibition and event being hosted.
Eli Whitney was an idealist and visionary who has been forgiven the unwitting consequences of his brilliant inventions; the cotton gin turned slavery from a tottering institution into a thriving business, and the milling machine gave rise to the horrific abuses of American industry. The museum occupies several buildings erected by Whitney as a model for a factory town, and preserves the roots of the industrial revolution that changed the country and the world.
The museum is dedicated to educating the visitors about the local community and the history of Connecticut’s military. The museum exhibits an extensive collection of artifacts and military memorabilia of every battle since the revolutionary war, taking every visitor back into time. The museum also has a collection of more than a 1000 books for history buffs interested in the military history and research work. The highlight being a wide range of military uniforms and gear from various periods of history. Admission to the museum is free and donations are accepted.
Pardee-Morris House—beautifully restored and preserved home near Lighthouse Point Park shows you what life was like for a prominent New Haven family in the 1700s. The home is maintained and run by the New Haven Colony Historical Society, and is open weekends June through August. After your tour of the museum, walk around the park to enjoy a panorama of Long Island Sound.
Maintained and managed by the Amity & Woodbridge Historical Society, the Darling House Museum dates back to the 1770s. This house belonged to Thomas Darling, a prominent citizen of Connecticut. Currently, this house museum opens its doors on special occasions only, but you can also avail group tours with prior appointment.
Located on the Old Tavern Road, the William Andrew House is a historic house that was built in the year 1775. It was constructed for the Bryan family and the area was formerly known as Bryan's Farms. The house, built in the Georgian style of architecture comprises of finely detailed front cornice, feather-edged sheathing, and hand-split lath. Later the house even served as a shelter for dairy farm employees and in the year 2002 it was listed on the U.S National Register of Historic Places. William Andrew House presently serves as a house museum operated by the local historical society and documents the history of the house as well the lives of the people who built and lived in it. If you are a history buff, then certainly head to this historic building and museum during your time in the city.