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Best Hidden Gems in New Haven

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Battell Chapel

Nestled in the Yale University Campus, Battell Chapel was built in the late 19th Century and is one of the largest chapels on campus. The chapel boasts of beautiful Victorian Gothic style of architecture and was designed by Russell Sturgis, a famed architect of the country. This chapel has gone several renovations and sees architectural elements by Josiah Cleaveland Cady. The interiors of this charming chapel include a beautiful altar, chapel clock with five bells, an apse, magnificent stained-glass windows and more. Besides being a religious place, the chapel is also used as an event venue and hosts several concerts and music events regularly.

New Haven, CT, United States
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Atticus Bookstore and Cafe

This funky (and popular with the Yale crowd) bookstore offers an expansive selection for all ages and tastes, plus a fun adjoining cafe to grab a bite or drink and to further enjoy the literary experience. The store faces busy Chapel Street and if you are lucky enough to grab a place by the window, you can add people watching to the experience. Close to the Yale University Art Gallery and other Yale attractions, Atticus is a great place for the bookish as well as the hungry tourist.

New Haven, CT, United States
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Ten Thousand Villages

With more than 200 hundred stores in the United States and Canada, Ten Thousand Villages brings fine quality handicrafts from all over the world to New Haven. Beautiful handmade crafts and textiles, toys and home accessories fill the small boutique run by volunteers of this non-profit operation. The proceeds from these purchases assist third world crafts people in many ways including income to pay for food, clothing, housing, health care and education for their families. This is a perfect place to pick out a unique gift for a special person (or yourself!) while making a difference in the lives of third world artisans.

New Haven, CT, United States
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Wave

Wave is a gallery and boutique shop located in Downtown New Haven. Wave specializes in beautiful jewelry and handmade crafts, gifts and other decor items. The friendly staff is happy to help you with anything from picking out that perfect pair of earrings to match your outfit to finding the perfect gift for your friend's wedding.

New Haven, CT, United States
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The Owl Shop

This shop is a true piece of New Haven history, and it is worth a stop inside regardless of your smoking habits. Conveniently located across the street from the Shubert Theatre, past customers include Vincent Price, Olivia de Havilland and Rex Harrison. Two employees from the 1950s still work here; one an expert in pipe repair and the other a specialist in mixing tobaccos. The shop offers a walk-in humidor, cigar lounge and cafe, plus everything from hand-blended tobaccos and handcrafted pipes to music boxes, writing instruments and chess sets.

New Haven, CT, United States
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Yale Collection of Musical Instruments

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.

New Haven, CT, United States
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Reynolds Fine Art

Reynolds Fine Art is a gallery that stocks beautiful contemporary art from both American and International artists. The gallery presents exhibits and other events throughout the year with the aim of increasing the cultural enrichment of New Haven. The gallery displays art from many different mediums, including painting, sketches and sculpture.

New Haven, CT, United States
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Ingalls Rink

The David S. Ingalls Rink in Yale University is a specimen of great architecture. Designed by Eero Saarinen, the structure has been inspired by the sport of skating. It has been the venue for many an exciting men's and women's hoceky games. An audience of 3,486 can be seated in the hall, while there are three locker rooms for the players. The rink is well-lit and has good facilities. A special mention must be made of the reception room which proudly displays photographs of previous games. The rink is open 18 hours a day. Call for details.

New Haven, CT, United States
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Peabody Museum of Natural History

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 (a beautiful work of art in itself) depicts 300 million years of prehistory. Explore the cultures and history of 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.

New Haven, CT, United States
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Knights of Columbus Museum

Named after the fraternal brotherhood, the Knights of Columbus museum is one of the finest religiously themed museums in America. Situated beside the Supreme Council office, the museum strives to put the various activities of the Knights of Columbus fraternity into the forefront of the world. The numerous material sources and artifacts pertaining to the fraternity are on show in this Columbus Plaza museum.

New Haven, CT, United States
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Long Wharf Nature Preserve

Take a break from your hectic city life and spend some time amidst nature as you visit the Long Wharf Nature Preserve. Spread across 15 acres (6.8 hectares) of land, this nature preserve is home to variety of flora and fauna that are native to Connecticut. Witness the native cactus, Opuntia Humifusa or just enjoy the sites of the colorful flowers, this is a great spot for a day outing with your loved ones. The marsh land also sees the beautiful egrets regularly and makes a scenic spot for photography as well.

New Haven, CT, United States
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Pardee-Morris House

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.

East Haven, CT, United States
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