Current Exhibitions

Capturing Life and Beauty: Women Artists of the New Haven Paint & Clay Club 

On view March 28, 2019 through July 27, 2019

This survey explores the range and depth of work produced by women artists of the New Haven Paint & Clay Club (NHP&CC). Open to women at a time when many art clubs were not, NHP&CC has been fostering female artists since 1900. The exhibition includes over 30 works selected by guest curator Tanya Pohrt, curator of the Lyman Allyn Museum, examining the club’s founding and gender inclusivity, and connecting to broader issues in history and women’s rights. In the lower rotunda, five works from the Museum’s permanent collection, created by New Haven women, are also on view.


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.


Daymarks 1872 

On view December 4, 2018 through Spring 2019

The first exhibit to open in the Museum’s newest gallery,Daymarks 1872 is a modest and thorough view of New Haven’s skyline in the late 1800s and how it relates to the city today.


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.”

About the Connecticut Yankee Council, Boy Scouts of America

The Connecticut Yankee Council is the local council of the Boy Scouts of America, the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” The Connecticut Yankee Council is composed of nearly 10,000 youth members between the ages of 7 and 21, and approximately 2,300 volunteers in Southwestern Connecticut. For more information on the Connecticut Yankee Council visit or


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

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