Southwest Region

Attractions

New Canaan Nature Center - New Canaan Nature Center, an environmental education center and sanctuary, offers easy trails, hands-on exhibits, animals, gardens; natural science, horticulture, preschool, school and camp programs.

Hill-Stead Museum - This house museum contains some of the world's finest French Impressionist masterpieces which are still displayed amidst the furnishings of their original collector. The enchanting home is surrounded by extensive grounds and a sunken garden, open to the public daily for recreation and quiet contemplation.

Bush-Holley Historic Site - 18th-century home later became a boarding house for Connecticut's first art colony. Features early American fine furniture and American Improessionist art.

Housatonic Museum of Art - The Museum has one of the most significant collections of any two-year college in the country and includes works by master artists such as Rodin, Picasso, Matisse, Miro and Chagall. Both art enthusiasts and casual observers have the rare opportunity to engage daily with original works of art and artifacts on continuous display throughout the College and campus grounds.

The Barnum Museum - Only museum dedicated to depicting the extraordinary life of P. T. Barnum and the enormous influence he had on 19th century America.

Yale University Art Gallery - A tour of the Yale Art Gallery will take you through outstanding collections of Egyptian, Etruscan, and Greek art, early Italian panel paintings, European, Asian and African art from many cultures, impressionist, modernist, and contemporary paintings and sculpture as well as changing selections from over 30,000 master prints, drawings, and photographs.

The Maritime Aquarium - The Aquarium features more than 1,000 marine animals native to the Sound and its watershed. Tanks portray successive levels of life in the Sound, from shallow tidal areas filled with oysters, sea horses, lobsters and small fish to the 110,000-gallon Open Ocean tank with 9-foot sharks, bluefish, striped bass, rays and other creatures found in the Sound and the ocean beyond.


The Eli Whitney Museum - One of America's premier inventors. The Museum has two permanent exhibits, Inventing Change and The Gilbert Gallery which are open year round. From November to January see the Annual Toy Train exhibition in which visitors may run as many as four separate train lines on a 30 x 15 foot layout. Also displays and activities on aeromodeling.

The Yale Center for British Art - The Yale Center for British Art houses the most comprehensive collection of English paintings, prints, drawings, rare books, and sculpture outside Great Britain. Given to Yale University by Paul Mellon, Class of 1929, the Center's resources illustrate British life and culture from the 16th century to the present.

Peabody Museum of Natural History - Step into the world’s cultures through outstanding exhibits on Ancient Egypt, and the peoples of Mesoamerica, the Andes, the Pacific, the Great Plains and the Northwest Coast.

Bridgeport Discovery Museum - Keep small hands and young minds busy at the Discovery Museum. Hands-on exhibits, planetarium, and virtual basketball.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children - Stepping Stones Museum for Children is a hands-on learning environment for children ages 10 and under. The museum is home to five interactive exhibit areas, and also offers educational workshops, performances, and school tours.

Bruce Museum - Over the past 90 years the Bruce Museum has developed a collection of approximately 15,000 objects, with holdings in fine and decorative arts, natural science and anthropology.

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum - One of the earliest and finest surviving Second Empire Style country houses ever built in the United States. Exhibits center on the material, artistic, and social aspects of the Victorian era.

      

    

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