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Arts & Museums
David Judson built the Capt. David Judson House in 1723 in Stratford, Connecticut. It was built in the colonial Georgian style of architecture. Among the many historic furnishings in the house, is a piano that belonged to William Samuel Johnson, an architect of the United States Constitution. In 1973, the Captain David Judson House was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Capt. David Judson House has now been converted to a museum.
The National Helicopter Museum documents the history of the helicopter and aviation. Established in 1983 by Dr. Raymond Jankowich and Robert McCloud, the museum traces the progress from the rotary wings to helicopters and aircrafts. The showcased collection includes the gas turbine engines of Bell Helicopter UH-1 Iroquois and Boeing CH-47 Chinook, models of aircraft by Boeing,Bell and Sikorsky among many others. Visitors can also check the operational cockpit of the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter. The museum also organises events in the form of lectures by experts.
Connecticut Air and Space Center is located in Stratford, Connecticut. It was founded by George Gunther in the year 1998. It features displays which speak about the history of the Stratford Army Engine Plant, and there are 14 aircrafts on display and eight engines that were built at the plant. The space center is spread on eight acres (3.2 hectares) of land and has six buildings out of which two are operational. Only visitors above the age of 18 are allowed inside the space center.
The Discovery Museum and Planetarium is a great educational facility located across the Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course. The museum opened to public in 1962 and has been entertaining and educating ever since. The museum has fun learning techniques and interactive exhibits to engage its visitors. It provides a wide scope to explore and acquire knowledge about science and technology. The museum also hosts several programs to entertain its young visitors. Apart from this, the museum premises are also available on rent for private functions.
Opened for the general public on September 16, 2007, the Fairfield Museum and Historic Center is a monumental museum and library dedicated to the history of Fairfield, Connecticut. The museum boosts of a terrific collection of clocks, costumes and textiles, military items, dolls and toys, artistic furniture, and architectural fragments. Through the wide array of exhibitions, the museum offers tourists a glimpse of the state's colonial roots. A major highlight is the Landscape of Change exhibition, which reflects on Fairfield’s heritage.
Located on the campus of Fairfield University, the Bellarmine University of Art houses a magnificent collection of art work and artifacts. Covering Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Celtic, and Asian work in three distinct galleries, the museum spans a total of 2700 square feet (250 square meters). Situated on the lower floor of Bellarmine Hall, an English manor style mansion from the 1920s, the museum building itself is almost as astounding as the pieces on display within it. The Bellarmine Museum of Art is open from 10:00a to 4:00p from Mondays to Fridays during September through May. Admission is free.
The 1750 Ogden House & Gardens served the Odgen family for nearly 125 years. Currently, managed by the Fairfield Historical Society, this historical house chronicles and displays documents and objects pertaining to that era. Its beautiful gardens further add to the splendor.
The Osborne Homestead Museum was once the residence of Frances Osborne Kellogg who was an activist. Spread over an area of 8 acres (3.2 hectares), the house was built in 1840. The structure of the house displays the Tudor Revival and Greek Revival styles of architecture. The property has been preserved well, and a museum is now operated at the place. Group tours of the museum are available by reservation.
Popularly known as the first ambassador of the nation, David Humphrey was a Revolutionary War Officer, and George Washington's friend; the David Humphreys House is the site where he was born. This beautiful house that features the Derby Historical Society's headquarters was included in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
Earthplace is located at Westport, Connecticut. It has a natural history museum, nature center and wildlife sanctuary. It is spread over 62 acres (25 hectares) of land and was established in 1958. It has a large exhibit of endangered wildlife animals and birds. It also has wetlands, ponds and streams for the animals. The bird and butterfly garden is a special nesting place for the birds like hummingbirds, American goldfinches, cedar waxwings, Robins, and cardinals.
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.
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.