Yale University Art Gallery (YUAG) includes 300,000 objects from all regions of the globe. Founded in 1832, it is the oldest university art museum in America. Admission to the museum is free. The museum collection include African Art, American Decorative Arts, American Paintings and Sculpture, Ancient Art, Art of the Ancient Americas, Asian Art, European Art, Indo-Pacific Art, Modern and Contemporary Art, Numismatics, Photography, Prints, and Drawings.
Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University is the oldest and largest university natural history museums in the world. The museum collection includes 4.5 billion year history of the Earth. It has mummies, dinosaurs, mastodons, and diamonds. Great Hall of Dinosaurs is the main attraction that includes a mounted juvenile Brontosaurus and the 110 foot long mural The Age of Reptiles.
Yale Center for British Art holds the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. The collection includes paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, rare books, and manuscripts of British art and culture from the fifteenth century to today. Located in a building designed by architect Louis I. Kahn, the Center's collections include 2,000 paintings; 250 sculptures; 20,000 drawings; 3,000 photographs; and 35,000 prints.
East Rock Park located on the New Haven-Hamden border surrounds mountainous ridge East Rock. The 425 acre park offers many recreation opportunities including hiking, biking, boating, ice skating, swimming, sledding, and picnicking. The Summit of East Rock offers spectacular view of downtown New Haven. Football and soccer fields, tennis courts located at the foot of the mountain.
Lighthouse Point Park is a 82 acre city park located at the eastern point of New Haven Harbor. The park main attraction is 80 foot lighthouse tower. The lighthouse is also called Five Mile Point because that is the distance between it and the center of New Haven. Other attraction of the park include lighthouse point carousel, sand beach area, boat launch, splash play area, playground, pavilions, fishing pier, and picnic tables. The park also host annual migration festival.
New Haven Museum features 375 years of history from the establishment of the Colony to present. Collection of the museum includes furniture, paintings, photographs, manuscripts, books and ephemera. The museum permanent exhibits include four on-going exhibition galleried dedicated to New Haven history. Temporary exhibits display specially themed exhibitions. Both permanent and special exhibitions features collection of fine arts, decorative arts, maritime history, technology, and manufacturing. Permanent exhibitions include The New Haven Gallery, The Ingersoll Room, The Amistad Gallery, The Clement Room, and The Maritime Gallery.
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library located on Yale University's Hewitt Quadrangle is a popular rare book library. The unique style building designed by Gordon Bunshaft is a popular tourist attraction. Dedicated to rare books and manuscripts, the libary features six story glass tower of book stacks. Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library is open to all Yale University students, faculty, and researchers. Visitors can see the the Beinecke Library’s ground floor and public exhibition areas. Public exhibition surrounding the glass tower displays 48 extant copies of the Gutenberg Bible and other special and permanent exhibitions.
Shore Line Trolley Museum preserve the heritage of the trolley car and it is the oldest operating trolley museum in the United States. The Museum operates the Branford Electric Railway opened in 1900. Collection of the museum includes 100 vintage transit vehicles, photographs, documents and artifacts related to history and heritage of the Trolley Era. The 1.5 miles trolley ride is the most popular attraction of the museum. The ride includes a tour of the museum's historic trolley collection.
New Haven Green located in downtown is a popular privately owned park. The 16-acre park is known for hosting International Festival of Arts and Ideas and New Haven Jazz Festival. The park also host public events throughout year including summer jazz and classical music concerts.