The New Haven Museum is celebrating its 150th Anniversary from 2012 through 2013. Founded in 1862 as the New Haven Colony Historical Society, it was created by a group of leading New Haven citizens who feared the political and social upheavals that could occur with the outbreak of the Civil War. They were determined to preserve the history and traditions of the Greater New Haven region.
Today, the New Haven Museum continues this tradition of preservation with a collection that includes folk, decorative and fine arts, an extensive photographic archive, and a unique manuscript collection. Its galleries, programs and library offer a wide range of opportunities for visitors and scholars. Located in downtown New Haven, the Museum uses long-term and special exhibitions, lectures, symposia, workshops and publications to bring 375 years of New Haven history to children, family and adult visitors.
The New Haven Museum intends to provide an atmosphere that will: encourage an appreciation of the past; illuminate the present; and foster the making of informed decisions and creative contributions to the future.