Quality Inn East Haven
30 Frontage Road
East Haven, CT 06512
Phone: (203) 469-5321
Fax: (203) 469-2544
30 Frontage Road, East Haven, CT, US, 06512
- Phone: (203) 469-5321
- Fax: (203) 469-2544
Arts & Museums
One of Connecticut's oldest attractions is a great day trip just minutes from downtown New Haven. You can ride the country's oldest continually operating suburban trolley, between the East Haven Green and Branford's Short Beach, and view nearly 100 classic trolley cars. There are no food facilities so, in good weather, a picnic lunch is suggested. Before your departure, board the trolley souvenir shop for collectibles. Call ahead for varying dates.
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.
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.
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.
Swain-Harrison House, also known as the Harrison House and Museum or Harrison Linsley House is a saltbox structure. The interiors made of old wood; and the furnishings and fireplace that date back to over 200 years ago make the house mystical. The house has been taken over by the Society for Preservation of New England Antiquities (SPNEA) and there are exhibitions of the ancestral photographs and items of historic value.
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.
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.
This 1930s Georgian Revival building sets the stage for exhibits chronicling 350 years of New Haven history. The history of "The Elm City" unfolds in each room of this institution through fine art, furniture, genealogical records, everyday artifacts and maritime displays. There are special exhibits drawn from the museum collection, such as one on the Amistad incident: captured African slaves who went on trial in New Haven after they mutinied their slave ship.
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.
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.