Current Exhibitions

Domestic Buildup 

On view through June 15, 2019 through September 1, 2019

This summer’s exhibit at the Pardee-Morris House, “Domestic Buildup,” features work by Bridgeport, CT artist and quiltmaker Richard Killeaney. Inspired by the 18th-century house that the pieces are showcased in, Killeaney has created a body of work that represents a new direction for his quilts. These new pieces–all found-paper collages–examine the historic home, domesticity, the value of fabric, and accumulation. Representations include mail/bills, mail/grocery circulars, brown paper/commerce and packing, copy paper/work and finance. The works are all to-scale models for queen-size quilt designs that could be translated into cloth for the quilts.

“To me, there’s not a huge difference between the way you would build a house versus the way you build a quilt,” says Killeaney.

Located at the Pardee-Morris House. (325 Lighthouse Road, New Haven, CT)

Signs of the Time 

On view through Summer 2019

On view in the Museum’s upper rotunda, this exhibit features 19th– and 20th-century signs from Elm City businesses, selected from the permanent collection by Collections Manager Mary Christ. The assemblage will appeal to long-time residents and history buffs alike, prompting memories and eliciting comments on New Haven’s storied past.


Gilbert Jerome: New Haven’s WWI Aviator 

On view June 14, 2018 through Summer 2019

Capturing the brief, enthusiastic embrace of life by New Haven native and Boy Scout Executive Lt. Gilbert Jerome, the exhibition offers a bittersweet glimpse of WWI through the eyes of an artistic soul enchanted by the wonder and excitement of aviation, and the tender regard with which he held his family. Guest curated by Deborah G. Rossi, the show includes excerpts from Jerome’s diary and the charming letters, sketches, and tiny watercolors he sent home from “in the field.”

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From Clocks to Lollipops: Made in New Haven


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, candy, and more. Guest Curator Elizabeth Pratt Fox selected more than 100 objects, advertisements, trade cards, photographs and other items for this fascinating look at the production of consumer goods in New Haven over the past 300+ years. 



Form and Function: Decorative Arts from the Collection



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 August 24, 2019
Morris Cove Day
Starts: 12:00 pm
Ends: August 24, 2019 - 4:00 pm
Location: Pardee-Morris House, 325 Lighthouse Rd, New Haven, CT 06512, USA
Events on August 26, 2019
New Haven Museum CLOSED
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: August 27, 2019 - 12:00 am


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