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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 Museum

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.

Deacon John Grave House

The Deacon John Grave House has been the home of seven generations of the Grave family. In 1983, the Deacon John Grave Foundation was founded to avoid demolition of this wooden frame house. Currently a museum, it hosts interesting events throughout the year. Check website for details.

New England Carousel Museum

The New England Carousel Museum in Bristol contains one of the largest collections of antique carousel horses and carousels in the United States. Explore the Golden Age of the Carousel at this one-of-a-kind museum that displays and restores these priceless, unique works of art. A great museum for those that love antique entertainment in general.

Osborne Homestead Museum

Home of the renown conservationist and businesswoman, Frances Osborne Kellogg, this grand Colonial Revival style mansion was built in 1840. Surrounding the majestic house are the formal gardens, awash in vibrant colors from spring through autumn when the flowers are in full bloom. Today, the Osborne Homestead is not only a popular house museum that showcases the life of its historic residents, but is also a member of the Connecticut Historic Gardens and the Connecticut Women's Heritage Trail. Guided tours of the house and gardens are organized for those who wish to delve into the life and work of the esteemed Frances Osborne Kellogg. Although the museum itself is open only from May through October, the groups are open year round from 9a to 4p Monday through Saturday, and from 12p to 4p on Sundays as well from May through October.

The Cushing Center

The pioneer of neurosurgery, Harvey Cushing took his last breath on October 7, 1939, but his memory still lives on through The Cushing Center. Located within the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library of the Yale University, this center was established in 2010. The artifacts on display feature artworks by Cushing, over 15,000 journals and books personally collected by Cushing, drawers filled with apparatuses once used by him, and some personal paraphernalia. Guided tours around the center are conducted, check the website for further details.

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