The New Haven Museum stimulates inquiry, increases understanding and fosters appreciation of greater New Haven's history and heritage.
The New Haven Museum and Historical Society was founded in 1862 to preserve the history of the greater New Haven region. The Museum continues this tradition of preserving New Haven history with an extensive collection spanning four centuries and including fine, folk and decorative arts, a photograph archive, and an extensive manuscript collection. Its galleries, programs and Whitney Library offer a wide range of opportunities for visitors.
From that first group of concerned citizens meeting in City Hall to today’s professional institution, the Museum has played a valued role in preserving the region’s past, celebrating its present and planning for the future. As a historical institution, the New Haven Museum is always at the critical intersection of looking forward while looking back. Today the Museum is a resource stimulating all segments of the community to consider the experience of the past while finding their way toward the future.
Beyond the New
Township: Wooster Square, the Museum’s most winningest exhibition, was recognized
with awards from the Connecticut League of History Organizations, New England
Museum Association, and the Association for the Study of Connecticut History.
new exhibitions were opened: Nothing is
Set in Stone: The Lincoln Tree and the New Haven Green; Value Systems; From Clocks to Lollipops: Made
in New Haven; and An Artist at
War: Deane Keller, New Haven’s Monuments Man.
windows were restored with support, in part, from the 1772 Foundation, the Lower
and Upper Rotunda were repainted, and eight large paintings were cleaned, lightly
conserved, and reinstalled in the stairhalls.
than 30 public programs were offered including family days, concerts, and
lectures at the Museum and the Pardee-Morris House, and 885 schoolchildren
visited for educational programs and tours.
Library served 919 patrons onsite and remotely, while the Photo Archives collaborated
with small businesses, nonprofits, and cultural partners.
· Expand storage for the collections in a physically and environmentally secure location.
· Expand and rehabilitate gallery space. Currently galleries are being used for storage. They need rehabilitation and upgrades including new lighting and modern display space.
· Upgrade equipment including: environmental systems and controls, computer systems for inventory control and photographic reproduction equipment. A building wide study of equipment and systems need is underway and will provide us with a cost estimate for environmental systems and controls. It will also provide recommendations and a cost estimate for building needs such as roof repair, drainage improvement and moisture control.
· Complete an inventory of the various collections. Inventory and digitize the 70,000 photographic images in the collection. Integrate art, artifacts, images and archives to optimize operational capabilities.
· Return the Pardee- Morris historic house to historic standards including the barns and gardens.
The Museum offers self-guided and guided tours of three permanent exhibits: New Haven Illustrated, Cinque Lives Here, and New Haven’s Maritime Heritage. Presentations of the topics covered in the three permanents galleries along with other topics, such as the Blizzard of 1888 and History of the Quinnipiacs, are available both on- and off-site. Programs in the Museum can accommodate up to 90 people; off-site programs are designed for up to 50 people. Outreach programs have become significant in reaching out to the community and opening the Museum's doors to a wider range of audiences. The Museum also hosts concerts that feature a variety of musical styles.
The Museum offers K-12 school programs for children held at the Museum and in schools. All programs are taught by trained staff and can accommodate up to 30 children. The programs cover a wide variety of subjects such as Amistad: Voyage from Slavery to Freedom; Growing up in the 1700s; Colonial New Haven; Quinnpiac Indians; 19th Century Schoolhouse; and Ethnic History in New Haven. In addition, the Museum offers family programs in order to extend the opportunity for intergenerational experiences at the Museum as well as the opportunity to learn history in an informal setting. The New Haven Museum also attends local community events and offers free arts & crafts activities for children in order to make the Museum more accessible.
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Greater New Haven is home to a thriving arts community that includes theatre, music, dance and the visual arts. It is invested in its museums, historic preservation and the celebration of its members’ ethnic and cultural diversity.
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