- About Us
- The Museum
- School Programs
- Walk In Programs
- Special Requests
- Archived Projects and Programs
- Election Day 2014
- Holiday Vacation Programs 2011
- Fall Vacation 2011
- February Vacation 2012
- Fall Vacations 2012
- Fall Vacations 2012
- Annual Meeting 2013
- Holiday Vacation Programs 2012
- February Vacation Programs 2013
- MLK Day 2013 Programs
- April Vacation Programs 2013
- Rosh Hashanah Vacation 2013
- Election Day 2013 Programs
- Veteran's Day Programs 2013
- Feb Vacation 2014: Engineers Wk
- Martin Luther King Day Programs 2014
- 'Hour of Code'/Scratch Cont'd
- Earth Week Vacation Programs 2014
- Archived Designs
- Birthday Parties
- Fantasy Game Night 2016
- Plan a Visit
- Support / Join
The Eli Whitney Museum's annual hands on exhibition of American Flyer Trains opens , Friday November 25th at noon. Classic toy trains produced by New Haven's A.C. Gilbert Company that still run beautifully after 50 years.
This year's exhibition is dedicated to Herb Pearce (1916 – 2011), a prominent leader at the A.C. Gilbert Company from 1935 – 1958 and a pre-eminent leader in New Haven. Herb's drive and generosity helped preserve the Gilbert story.
A special portion of the exhibition deals with the Ferris Wheel in a tribute to Dr Alfred Charles Richard (1937 – 2016), a scholar, artist, and a passionate Erector collector and builder.
Saturdays: 10am – 3pm and Sundays: 12 – 5pm
though January 15th.
Closed Christmas and New Year's Day.
With special viewing hours from 12 to 5pm on
Monday 12/26 – Friday 12/30.
Wooden trains to construct: $10
American Flyer Curator: Walter Zawalich
Principal Artist: Hunter Nesbitt Spence
Principal Model Maker: Mike Dunn
A.C. Gilbert purchased, redesigned and produced American Flyer trains relatively late in his career. It was also relatively late in the history of American railroads. Airports and highways were reshaping American geography. Gilbert’s trains recollected past power and glory of rail. Gilbert's trains recollected the power and glory of his life. Our Holiday Train Exhibit will follow that journey.
Wooden Toy Trains
Wooden Trains at the Eli Whitney Museum. To build here.
$10 ($8 for members.)
Photographs by Robert Lisak