There is always something to see at NHM! The museum consists of four on-going exhibition galleries devoted to topics in New Haven history and temporary galleries that display specially themed exhibitions. There is also artwork and decorative arts displayed throughout the public areas of the building and occasional rotating mini-exhibitions in our first floor rotunda.
Permanent and special exhibitions present a panorama of New Haven’s past, drawing on the Museum’s collections of:
Fine Arts – paintings, including landscapes by local artists and portraits from the 18th and 19th centuries; watercolors, prints and drawings.
Decorative Arts – regional furniture from the 17th through the 19th centuries, pewter, silver, clocks, textiles, glass, and ceramics.
Maritime History – images and objects relating to New Haven’s coastal, West Indies, and international trade, oyster industry, and shipbuilding.
Technology and Manufacturing – includes an original model and full-size working version of Eli Whitney’s cotton gin, an early milling machine from the Whitney Armory, one of the first Morse code receivers, and a reconstruction of the first telephone switchboard.