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Arts & Museums
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.
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 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.
This museum boasts of the most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom, which includes paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings and rare books that chronicle British life from the Elizabethan period to the present. Fifteen hundred paintings showcase the likes of great landscape painters John Constable and JMW Turner. The museum also hosts concerts, lectures, family education days and symposia. The gift shop offers a wide range of collectibles, art reproductions and literature for both children and adults.
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.
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.
This formidable structure on the New Haven Green was designed in 1908 by architect Cass Gilbert to blend in with the churches on the green. The handsome facade with its soaring columns and enormous windows bestows upon the visitor a gracious place to read and research. Gilbert is one of the most famous architects of the early 20th-century United States. Perhaps his best-known work is the Woolworth Building in New York City.
One would never guess that a Gutenberg Bible, rare prints by the famed ornithologist John Audubon, and other remarkable manuscripts and journals would all be located in this library in the heart of the Yale campus. Beinecke houses one of the largest rare book collections in the world, including more than 500,000 printed volumes and several million (yes, million) priceless manuscripts. The building is a rarity itself, designed to protect its holdings from solar damage with translucent marble "windows" that allow in only minimal light.
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.
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.
Culture abounds on quiet Audubon Street. There are galleries (Artspace, Small Space Gallery), performance spaces (The Arts Hall), arts organizations (City Spirit Artists, the New Haven Ballet), a host of art schools (the Neighborhood Music School, the Educational Center for the Arts, Creative Arts Workshop), and even the annual Audubon Arts on the Edge Festival. Shops and restaurants have also begun moving into the neighborhood. Ongoing activities are listed in the Arts Council Calendar, available free at the Arts Council office at 70 Audubon St across from Leeney Plaza. A block north is the John Slade Ely House, a center for contemporary arts.
This beautiful mansion, built in 1905, lies just a block north of Audubon Street and the Audobon Arts District. Contemporary art is regularly displayed in its eight galleries, as well as works by New Haven's oldest art guilds, the New Haven Paint and Clay Club and the Brush and Palette Club. The house is open free of charge from September through June.