The New Haven Museum should be your first stop for a comprehensive offering of all things New Haven. From our extensive lists of “firsts” including the first planned city in America, rubber boots, tape measure, corkscrew, lollipop, hamburger sandwich, Frisbee and the now very quaint sounding telephone book. You’ll learn about the Amistad affair that changed the course of history, Eli Whitney, Nathan Hale and much more.
New Haven is a city meant for walking tours, ranging from a short stroll on the town green to a long afternoon’s worth of ambling through early American history. The compact city center makes the logistics simple. Almost everything you need is within a few strides. The Grove Street Cemetery, the Amistad Memorial and the New Haven Green (including the three famous churches – First Church of Christ, Trinity Church on the Green and United Church on the Green) are just a few steps apart.
New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney, Ave., New Haven. Permanent exhibitions include the New Haven Gallery with the Eli Whitney Cotton Gin; The Amistad Gallery with Nathaniel Joselyn’s Cinque Portrait; The Ingersoll Room, The Maritime Gallery with additional temporary exhibitions. $4 adult, $3 senior, $2 student, free for children under 12; free first Sunday of the month 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday noon-5 p.m. 203-562-4183, newhavenmuseum.org
Trinity Church on the Green (1752), Corner of Chapel and Temple Sts., New Haven. Current building on the New Haven Green is one of the earliest examples of Gothic Revival in America. The Trinity Choir of Men and Boys the sixth oldest in the United States. Open for prayer and meditation weekdays. Check website for hours. Sunday services at 7:45 a.m., 9 a.m., and 11 a.m. Evensong twice per month. 203-624-3101, trinitynewhaven.org
For more information on historic sites in New Haven, go to visitnewhaven.com