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Established in the year 1862, the New Haven Museum is one of the best spots in the city, especially if you want to gain brief knowledge about the local history. The museum comprises of a collection of artifacts from throughout New Haven’s history. Historic art, photographs, period furniture and more are all stocked under one roof here. The museum also hosts various temporary exhibitions as well as cultural programs through the year. Within the museum, you can also take a tour of The Whitney Research Library, that boasts of a collection of rare books and more than than 300 manuscript collections among other historic records and elements. Open five days a week, the New Haven Museum is a perfect place to gather some local historic knowledge.
Connecticut Children's Museum showcases eight different thematic rooms, one designed to resemble the ever-popular Goodnight Moon storybook. Ideally, visiting children are 3-10 years old, but rumor has it that kids as young as one and as old as 12 love this educational and entertainment space.
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.
This renowned medical library is located inside a medical school building of Yale University. The library was established with the intent to develop, provide services and resources for the study in medical sciences and health related subjects. The library is well stocked with digital and print media collections related to medical science. Rare books and research documents are also available, along with good support from the knowledgeable staff that supports the needs of educationist, clinicians and scientist. The library is spread over a large area, and has a Historical Reading room, a Morse Periodical room, a Cushing room and an Information room with an excellent infrastructure, which includes free Wi-Fi. One can explore the library and find a study space to suit ones needs and taste. The medical library is open to all public, visitors and tourist can avail for a day’s pass, which is available at the guard station.
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.