Current Exhibitions

The Courier: Tales from the Great War

On view November 7, 2017 through Fall 2018


“At 4 A.M. we boarded our train at the Winchester Plant to steam quietly down the main line, where we turned northward toward the Connecticut River Valley…All lights were extinguished in the cars. Unknown to New Haven we slipped away towards Canada. My final memory of Camp Yale was of Mrs. Locke in the arms of her husband beneath the stars of a warm autumn night. She was never to see him again…”

Please join us for the opening of our new exhibit “The Courier: Tales From the Great War,” featuring original artwork by award-winning comic-book illustrator Nadir Balan.

“The Courier” is based on the dramatic WWI diary of New Haven’s Lt. Philip H. English. Tales of adventure, horror, and pathos from the front lines are brought to life by Balan’s series of dynamic graphic-novel style murals, accompanied by photographic selections from Lt. English’s original war scrapbook.

Nadir Balan started his career at Marvel Entertainment in 2002. His work has since been featured in books, magazines, and comic books across the globe. Publishers and clients of his work have included Devil’s Due Press, Verso Books, Archaia Black Label, Boom! Studios, Yale University, Kaiser Permanente, World Science Festival, and Wizards of the Coast among others. In 2007, he developed the Wrath of the Titans series with Ray Harryhausen, which was later made into a movie. His latest projects include collaborations with William Shatner, Stan Lee (God Woke), and Dan Fogler (Moon Lake Omnibus, Brooklyn Gladiator).

Read the press release:

“The Courier: Tales from the Great War” Press Release


Old School Ink: New Haven’s Tattoos

On view September 23, 2017 through March 10, 2018

Images: Corey Hudson
Logo: Tracey Rose, Lucky Soul Tattoo

“Old School Ink: New Haven’s Tattoos” explores the contributions made by New Haven tattoo artists to the aesthetics and industry of body art regionally, nationally, and internationally. This exploration of a community known for its artistry and respect for tradition reveals nuances ranging from quality of color and line to personal voice. Objects and images on view include vintage flash sheets from the archives of local tattoo shops, artifacts important to the trade, recent photojournalism, and new art created specifically for the occasion based on research into the New Haven Museum’s collections. Visitors will see how symbols in the traditional American school have repeated, changed, and become stylized over time and how certain themes in body art resonate and persist in the Elm City. The exhibition is organized for the Museum by guest curator Elinor Slomba, of Verge Arts Group.  Ms. Slomba enlisted New Haven photojournalist Corey Hudson in her examination of why and where locals get tattoos, and how the industry, public policy, and aesthetics surrounding the art of tattooing have evolved over time. 

Photos and interviews by photojournalist Corey Hudson

Read the press release here.

From Clocks to Lollipops: Made in New Haven

On view through Fall 2017

clocks and lollipops

Elm City Pins Company Trade Card, circa 1876, lithograph on cardboard, Collection of New Haven Museum

From the Colonial era to the present day, New Haven has produced an astonishing variety of goods including hardware, carriages, automobile parts and accessories, firearms, corsets, clocks, carpeting, rubber overshoes, clothing, musical instruments, silver-plated wares, and candy ─ just to name a few!  Many of the City’s factories served a national and even international market. The harbor was an important avenue for bringing in coal, metals, cotton, and other raw materials.  Railroads brought improved distribution of goods. By 1849, New Haven would have direct rail service to America’s leading commercial center, New York City. Over the years, businesses founded in other communities in the 19th century, such as Chauncey Jerome Clocks in Bristol, Sargent & Company in New Britain, and L. Candee Rubber Company in Hamden, realized the advantages of relocating to New Haven. Today there are factories producing goods for the automobile, aerospace and electronics industries and foodstuffs, such as spaghetti sauce and breads.

More than one hundred objects, advertisements, trade cards, photographs and other items from the Museum’s collections are featured in this fascinating look at the production of consumer goods in New Haven, both handmade and factory made, over the past three hundred plus years. The show is organized by guest curator Elizabeth Pratt Fox.

Form and Function: Decorative Arts from the Collection

On view through Fall 2017


Form and Function: Decorative Arts from the Collection highlights a small selection from the renown collections of historic design and decorative arts at The New Haven Museum. Currently celebrating its 150th anniversary, the New Haven Museum has long been a repository for some of Connecticut’s decorative arts treasures. If aficionados are familiar with the magnificent colonial furniture, silver, and paintings in the Museum’s collection, its important holdings of nineteenth- and twentieth-century objects are less well known. In curating a new installation, guest curator Benjamin Colman wanted to create unexpected dialogues between objects made at different times in different media. Spanning from baroque-furniture to contemporary design, the pieces on view are arranged into four thematic groups: Politics, Childhood, Business, and Eclectic Homes. These objects were made with functional forms to serve a useful purpose. Yet in their exuberant designs and bold style, they also demonstrate the spirit of the individuals who created them, and the generations of people who used them.

Mr. Colman is Assistant Curator of the Florence Griswold Museum

Upcoming Events

Events on January 22, 2018
New Haven Museum CLOSED
Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: January 22, 2018 - 5:00 pm


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