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Best Hidden Gems in New Haven

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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