Road Trip!

Event time: 
Saturday, November 19, 2016 (All day) to Friday, September 1, 2017 (All day)
Hours of operation: 

Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday – 12 – 5 p.m. Free 1st Sundays: 1-4 p.m. We are open to the public every first Sunday of the month free of charge. The Whitney Library is not open on Sundays.

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Event description: 

Remember the excitement of piling into the car and heading out on the open road with family or friends? Explore the fun and adventure of the all-American auto expedition during Road Trip!

Whether you got your kicks on Route 66 or at Connecticut clam shacks, you’ll marvel at vintage souvenirs and memorabilia from across the U.S., and from some of Connecticut’s cherished roadside landmarks. You’ll also enjoy photos by architectural historian Richard Longstreth, who captured the iconic and often amusing designs of the diners, gas stations, motels, and roadside attractions that flourished on America’s back roads before the advent of the interstate highway.

Road Trip! also includes over 100 objects “crowdsourced” from New Haven residents, artifacts from the Connecticut Historical Society and Museum of Connecticut History, and a 1960s-inspired, turquoise-and-white diner booth specially built for the exhibit by the New England Seating Company.