Where to See the Best of Madison Art and Culture

Finding gorgeous Madison art and cultural venues in New Haven County, Connecticut is easy. BBOnline has put together a terrific list of interesting museums and cultural sites near Madison. When you're ready to step out from your Madison Bed and Breakfast for a day of culture and art, follow this helpful guide to your destinations. Explore this wonderful town where unique and famous people once lived and national historical sites now stand.

Dudley Farm
2351 Durham Rd
Guilford, CT 06437
(203) 457-0770
http://dudleyfarm.com/

Constructed in 1844, Dudley Farm still sits on ten acres of gorgeous land. For generations, the farm was owned and farmed by the same family. This farm features a museum filled with items from the 19th century, including furniture and personal items located inside the house. Outside you'll find farm animals, farm equipment and agriculture reminiscent of the time period for which the farm represents. Take a trip back in history and visit Dudley Farm.

The museum is open May through October every year. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Adults only pay $3.00 for admission. Children under 16 get in free.

David Humphreys House
37 Elm Street
Ansonia, CT 06401
(203) 735-1908
http://derbyhistorical.org/humphrey.htm

In New Haven, you'll find this wonderful historical home complete with furniture, looms and an old fire place. This is a terrific place for spending a day away from your Madison Inn and learning about the home's illustrious history. In 1698, this house was constructed for the town's minister. Originally named the "Madison House", it went through years of occupancy of new ministers until Reverend Humphreys purchased the home in 1735. He later married and had 4 children. One of which went on to become famous.

David Humphreys served George Washington as a friend and aide in the American Revolution. He later went on to become the nation's first ambassador to another country. He also originated one of the nation's first factory villages. Although he resided elsewhere in his later years and career, the home is named after him for his fame and prestige.

His father and family continued to reside in the house for generations until 1885. If you would like to learn more this incredible home, all the inhabitants and its eventual restoration, visit 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. It's open daily. Please call if bringing a large group of people.

Yale University Art Gallery
1111 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 432-0600
http://artgallery.yale.edu/

Not too far from your Madison Bed and Breakfast resides this informative and dedicated art gallery. Browse exhibits of fascinating African art, contemporary, modern, cultural, and all other types of artwork. The gallery provides guided tours, self-guided tours and informative art forums. Everyone is welcome to experience the magnificent art and sculptors created by talented artisans.

Enjoy eleven permanent art collections housed in 4 different buildings. Special exhibitions are scheduled periodically, so call for information regarding upcoming venues.

Visiting hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday hours are 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The gallery is not open on Mondays and major holidays. Admission is free to the public.