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Museums and Galleries Tour (Self Guided), New Haven

As New Haven is home to Yale University, the city houses some of the most significant collections of art and natural history in the world. These are the Peabody Museum of Natural History, the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art. There are also galleries supporting the city's current artists. Take a look at the legendary collections of New Haven.
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Museums and Galleries Tour Map

Guide Name: Museums and Galleries Tour
Guide Location: USA » New Haven (See other walking tours in New Haven)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Author: AudreyB
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Peabody Museum of Natural History
  • New Haven Museum and Historical Society
  • John Slade Ely House
  • Artspace
  • Yale Center for British Art
  • Yale University Art Gallery
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Peabody Museum of Natural History

1) Peabody Museum of Natural History (must see)

The Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University is among the oldest, largest, and most prolific university natural history museums in the world. It was founded by the philanthropist George Peabody in 1866 at the behest of his nephew Othniel Charles Marsh, the early paleontologist.

Most known to the public for its Great Hall of Dinosaurs, which includes a mounted juvenile Apatosaurus and the 110-foot (34 m) long mural, The Age of Reptiles; it also has permanent exhibits dedicated to human and mammal evolution; wildlife dioramas, Egyptian artifacts; and the birds, minerals and Native Americans of Connecticut.

The Peabody Museum is located at 170 Whitney Avenue and is run by almost one hundred staff members. While the original building was demolished in 1917, it moved to its current location in 1925, and has since expanded to occupy the Peabody Museum, the attached Bingham and Kline Laboratories, parts of three additional buildings, and a field station at the Long Island Sound. The Environmental Science Center, completed in 2001 and connected to the museum and the adjacent Kline Geology Laboratory, hosts approximately one-half of the museum's 12 million specimens. The Peabody has several world-important collections. Perhaps the most notable are the vertebrate paleontology collections, among the largest, most extensive, and most historically important fossil collections in the United States.

Operation hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 12 am - 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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New Haven Museum and Historical Society

2) New Haven Museum and Historical Society (must see)

The New Haven Museum and Historical Society (originally known as the New Haven Colony Historical Society) was founded in 1862 for the purposes of preserving and presenting the region’s history. The museum has a collection containing art, photography, furniture and other artifacts from throughout New Haven’s history and regularly presents programs and special exhibits. The Museum features exhibitions on New Haven, La Amistad, local art and decorative arts, with collections associated with Eli Whitney, Winchester, Yale, East Rock, Noah Webster, Benedict Arnold as well as changing exhibitions.

Educational programs provide interactive inquiry-based learning on local history. The Whitney Research Library at the museum contains manuscript and archival holdings relevant to the New Haven area from the time of the first settlement to the present. The collection includes rare books, more than 300 manuscript collections, including personal papers, business and institutional records, court and municipal documents, maps, 4,000 architectural drawings and resources, account books and a collection of approximately 75,000 photographs. It also contains approximately 30,000 printed titles including monographs and pamphlets.

The Colonial revival style current building was built in 1929 and was designed by J. Frederick Kelly. The building includes a number of artifacts from demolished New Haven houses including a mantelpiece and urns from the Nathan Smith house and a mantelpiece from the Benedict Arnold house. The Ingersoll Room in the museum is decorated with furniture and portraits from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries documenting the home and life of New Haven’s Ingersoll family.

Operation hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10 am - 5 pm; Saturday: 12 pm - 5 pm; 1st Sunday: 1 pm - 4 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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John Slade Ely House

3) John Slade Ely House

The John Slade Ely House is a contemporary arts center, located in the house of Grace T. Ely, an active supporter of arts. The John Slade Ely House is a masterpiece of S. G. Taylor, raised in 1905 in Elizabethan style. The gallery was established in 1961, being the first dedicated arts center of New Haven. The John Slade Ely House's program features themed group exhibitions of New Haven's contemporary artists. There are also juried and member exhibitions organized by different other regional art centers.
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Artspace

4) Artspace

Artspace is a contemporary art gallery and non-profit organization located in downtown New Haven. Artspace’s mission is to connect artists, audiences, and resources; catalyze artistic activity, and redefine art spaces. Since its founding in 1987, Artspace has helped nearly 3,000 artists in the Greater New Haven area develop their careers.

Artspace presents gallery exhibitions, outdoor installations, a major annual Open Studios festival, and a teen education program. Artspace has been recognized for its artistic merit by the National Endowment for the Arts, the LEF Foundation, and the Tremaine and Warhol foundations. The Artspace gallery located at 50 Orange St., houses 5,000 square feet (460 m2) of storefront in the Ninth Square neighborhood for exhibitions, workshops, and the artspace staff offices.

The gallery presents thematic group exhibitions, solo exhibitions in the Project Room, and selections from the Flatfile, a semi-permanent collection of 300 works-on-paper by area artists chosen from a bi-annual open call. The Lot installation rotates twice a year. In addition, Artspace runs a lively education program aimed at public schools students from New Haven, encompassing a Docent Program, a hands-on summer apprenticeship for 15 students to collaborate on a new work with a visiting artist, and vacation period printmaking and photography workshops. These programs are all offered at no charge to students. Each year, Artspace also presents City-Wide Open Studios, a month long festival. Artists open their studios, and Artspace activates empty buildings as sites for temporary installations.

Operation hours: Wednesday - Saturday: 12 pm - 6 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Yale Center for British Art

5) Yale Center for British Art (must see)

The Yale Center for British Art is an art museum at Yale University which houses the most comprehensive collection of British Art outside the United Kingdom. It concentrates on work from the Elizabethan period onward. The Center was established by a gift from Paul Mellon of his British art collection to Yale in 1966, together with an endowment for operations of the Center, and funds for a building to house the works of art.

The building was designed by Louis I. Kahn and constructed at the corner of York and Chapel Streets in New Haven, across the street from one of Kahn's earliest buildings, the Yale University Art Gallery, built in 1953. The Yale Center for British Art was completed, after Kahn's death, in 1974. The exterior is made of matte steel and reflective glass; the interior is of travertine marble, white oak, and Belgian linen.

The Center is affiliated with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London, which sponsors the "Yale-in-London" undergraduate study abroad program, publishes academic titles, and awards grants and fellowships. The collection consists of nearly 2,000 paintings and 100 sculptures, with an emphasis, reflecting Mellon's interest, in the interval between William Hogarth's birth (1697) to J. M. W. Turner's death (1851). The Center is open to the public free of charge six days a week, and is a member of the North American Reciprocal Museums program.

Operation hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Yale University Art Gallery

6) Yale University Art Gallery (must see)

The Yale University Art Gallery houses a significant and encyclopedic collection of art in several buildings on the campus of Yale University. Although it embraces all cultures and periods, the Gallery possesses especially renowned collections of early Italian painting, African sculpture, and modern art. Its holdings of American decorative and fine arts are amongst the best in existence.

The Yale University Art Gallery is the oldest university art museum in the western hemisphere. The Gallery was founded in 1832, when patriot-artist John Trumbull donated to Yale College more than 100 paintings of the American Revolution and designed the original Picture Gallery. This building, on Old Campus, was razed in 1901. The Gallery's main building was built in 1953 and was among the very first designed by Louis Kahn, who taught architecture at Yale. A complete renovation, which returned many spaces to Kahn's original vision, was completed in December 2006 by Polshek Partnership Architects. The older Tuscan romanesque portion was built in 1928 and was designed by Egerton Swartwout. A 10-year renovation project is due to be complete in 2011.

The museum is a member of the North American Reciprocal Museums program. The Gallery’s encyclopedic collections number more than 185,000 objects ranging in date from ancient times to the present day. In 2009, the museum mounted an exhibition of its extensive collection of Picasso paintings and drawings, in collaboration with the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

Operation hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10 am – 5 pm, Thursday until 8:00 pm (Sept–June); Saturday-Sunday 11 pm – 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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