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Address: 114 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT 06510-1238 (Formerly New Haven Colony Historical Society)
Phone Number:
+1 203-562-4183
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 12:00 - 17:00

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Great museum that is no longer fusty and fills an important gap for the New Haven area

The museum really looks at what the New Haven area is all about and mounts exhibits to show how it got that way. Great depiction of the history that is very accessible. "Stories... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 February 2017
New Haven, Connecticut
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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

The museum really looks at what the New Haven area is all about and mounts exhibits to show how it got that way. Great depiction of the history that is very accessible. "Stories from Far and Near" focused on refugee artists in New Haven and was a revelation. "Road Trip" for example shows how New Haven families have traveled the... More 

Thank cbkmurphy
Terrigal, Australia
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Went with my in laws with my two year old son. Very nice museum. Lots of attractions and was interesting for everyone

Thank A M
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Library staff was great!! Great resource for genealogy research. Public parking was a little issue but doable.

Thank magthomp59
Amy D, Director of Education & Visitor Experience at New Haven Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Whitney Library at the New Haven Museum! Sorry about the parking, it's been a challenge for us. More 

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174 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

This museum used to be the go to place for history and genealogy of New Haven, but as the docent told us, the "genealogical" part is now in fine print. The hours posted on the website are not necessarily true. When we arrived at the scheduled time, not only was the museum not open, but the staff was waiting outside.... More 

Thank capndrake
Amy D, Director of Education and Visitor Experience at New Haven Museum, responded to this review

I am extremely sorry about the miscommunication in time regarding Sunday. We are usually open the first Sunday of each month from 1 - 4 pm, but since the first Sunday fell on Labor Day weekend, we moved our free day to the second Sunday and incorrectly updated the time on the website calendar. We appreciate your insight into content... More 

Stamford, Connecticut
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105 reviews
56 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Last time I was in New Haven, the museum was clkoised. Today my husband decided to do a day trip to New Haven. This small museum has chock full of history a exhibit on Armistad,history of New Haven,maritime history, an exhibit about Dean Keller an actual monuments man( see the movie) they also had an exhibit of local artists who... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

I was in New Haven for business and found the hour needed to visit here and see the Amistad Gallery. Let's be clear. it does not have a lot of original primary sources, and some of the few it has are in bad shape. But let's be equally clear; this one room gallery shows a moving, lucid, and concise picture... More 

1 Thank Abby B
Hamden, Connecticut
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

Yesterday my husband and I went to the New Haven Museum. We had not been there for many years and we were not dissapointed. We enjoyed the displays on the Shubert Theatre, Dean Keller-the Monuments Man and the presentation on the Amistad incident. These 3 exhibits I found exceptionally interesting. However the other exhibits about New Haven's history were also... More 

2 Thank Joyce C
Cobleskill, New York
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419 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

I've driven past this museum for years and finally went in for a visit. Free parking in the rear of the museum and free admission thanks to a library pass started the trip out on a high note, and our experience exceeded expectations. The history of New Haven exhibit takes you from colonial days up to the mid 1900s with... More 

3 Thank therese l
New York City, New York
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16 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2015

The New Haven Museum provides an excellent overview of the city's history and recent past (who would have known how many great Broadway shows previewed here?). Can't say it alone is worth the trip, but a fine addition to a New Haven visit.

1 Thank Stephen B
Rocky Hill, Connecticut
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149 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2015

The museum is spacious unlike others where you may bump into people, the kids loved it and we did too. Its a almost an hour for us to get there but really worth it as a day trip with the family. The kids really liked the giant dinosaur, and a floor where they able to follow ants and see how... More 

1 Thank Barbie C

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