The Yale University Art Gallery, founded in 1832, and with more than 100,000 pieces in its permanent collection, is the oldest university art museum in the country. The gallery offers an excellent overview of art history, ranging from ancient to modern. There is an exquisite collection of American paintings, and an extensive display of 20th-century European paintings. Classic objects from ancient Egypt and the Middle East, and treasures from the South Pacific and Far East are also on display. Guided tours, lectures, family programs and concerts are all available. Admission is free.
Marsh Botanical Garden is situated within the precincts of Yale University. Its name pays tribute to Othniel Charles Marsh, who bestowed this property upon the university. Beatrix Farrand planned the landscape of the garden that houses a wide variety of plant species. Faculty, students, nature lovers, researchers and many other visitors head to this botanical gardens that has four greenhouses, perennial beds, seasonal plants and much more.
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 The Pulitzer Award winning "The Age of Reptiles" mural (slightly outdated, but nevertheless a beautiful work of art in itself) depicts 300 million years of prehistory.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.
One of the most renowned institutions of higher learning in the world, the Yale University has been in New Haven since 1718, while its collegiate school had already been established by 1701. Since inception, its campus has been a dream revered by many aspiring learners, and it continues to shine on the educational horizons of ambitious students across the world. A distinguished embodiment of academic prowess, the Ivy League institution has produced more than 50 Nobel laureates over the centuries. . Many notable people call Yale their Alma Mater, including William Howard Taft, Bill Clinton, and Meryl Streep. On campus, one can effortlessly spot many famous sights such as the prestigious Yale Center for British Art, the Beinecke Rare Book Library, the Collection of Musical Instruments, and the Old Campus that allures students and visitors, alike. The university is home to the illustrious multiple championship-winning NCAA Division I Yale Bulldogs athletic team.
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.
Also known as Mount Carmel Park, the Sleeping Giant State Park lives up to its billing as an untouched wilderness with 1,465 acres (593 hectares) of sweeping semi-arid expanses. The gateway to Connecticut's countryside, the park is named after the Sleeping Giant traprock mountain that dominates its surroundings from an impressive elevation of 522 feet (159 meters). The grounds are riddled with a superabundance of hiking trails and picnic areas that add up to 32 miles (51.44 kilometers) of outdoor recreation. The park's southern shores are home to some of its most complex ecosystems, thanks to the life-sustaining waters of the River Connecticut's tributaries, which is also a popular fishing zone swarming with trout.
The serious and the curious venture into this gallery, where work by some of the more talented artists in the region is showcased on a semi-permanent or revolving basis. The work displayed is in a wide range of media, and artists also give frequent lectures and gallery talks. The gallery helps sponsor one of the largest art festivals in the country, New Haven's City-Wide Open Studios. See website for events calendar and more.