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Arts & Museums
The Timexpo Museum is located at Waterbury, Connecticut. The museum is dedicated to the history of Timex Group and has exhibits going back to the founding of Waterbury Clock Company in 1854 C.E. The company's history of timepieces and archaeology are among the main exhibits that can be seen at the museum.
Mattatuck Museum is dedicated to Connecticut’s cultural heritage, and it preserves and showcases art works of artists from Connecticut. Apart from its permanent collection, the museum also hosts temporary exhibitions on a regular basis. For more details and event updates, please check the website.
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.
Popularly known as the first ambassador of the nation, David Humphrey was a Revolutionary War Officer, and George Washington's friend; the David Humphreys House is the site where he was born. This beautiful house that features the Derby Historical Society's headquarters was included in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
The Osborne Homestead Museum was once the residence of Frances Osborne Kellogg who was an activist. Spread over an area of 8 acres (3.2 hectares), the house was built in 1840. The structure of the house displays the Tudor Revival and Greek Revival styles of architecture. The property has been preserved well, and a museum is now operated at the place. Group tours of the museum are available by reservation.
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.
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 Paul Mellon Arts Center at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford is not just a performing arts center for the Choate students, but it is also a masterpiece of modern architecture designed by I.M. Pei. The facility is named for Paul Mellon, son of Andrew Mellon (former Secretary of the Treasury), who attended Choate during the 1920s. The Main Stage, which seats 800, hosts a variety of shows put on by students and by touring artists, including the big spring musical, with past shows like Grand Hotel, Little Shop of Horrors, Chicago and Les Misérables. Throughout the year, there are children's theater productions too, often based on classic children's books. There is also an Experimental Theater (often called "The Black Box") where improv, theater practices and small cabaret shows are put on. On the other side of the arts center is the Art Gallery where student works are displayed and you can find students studying and lounging on the couches.
Venture into Yale's exciting natural history museum. This is the only museum in Connecticut with fossil dinosaur material on permanent display. The Pulitzer Award winning "The Age of Reptiles" mural (slightly outdated, but nevertheless a beautiful work of art in itself) depicts 300 million years of prehistory. Explore the cultures and peoples of the world through exhibits on Ancient Egypt, Mesoamerica, the Andes and the Great Plains, just to mention a few. It is best to visit during non-school hours.
This 1930s Georgian Revival building sets the stage for exhibits chronicling 350 years of New Haven history. The history of "The Elm City" unfolds in each room of this institution through fine art, furniture, genealogical records, everyday artifacts and maritime displays. There are special exhibits drawn from the museum collection, such as one on the Amistad incident: captured African slaves who went on trial in New Haven after they mutinied their slave ship.
One would never guess that a Gutenberg Bible, rare prints by the famed ornithologist John Audubon, and other remarkable manuscripts and journals would all be located in this library in the heart of the Yale campus. Beinecke houses one of the largest rare book collections in the world, including more than 500,000 printed volumes and several million (yes, million) priceless manuscripts. The building is a rarity itself, designed to protect its holdings from solar damage with translucent marble "windows" that allow in only minimal light.
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.