1) Yale Peabody Museum
The first thing you think of when you think of the Peabody Museum is the dinosaurs. But the newest exhibit there takes a different focus: Americans eating habits. "We haven't done anything quite like this before," says museum Director Derek. E. G. Briggs. "It doesnt preach, but the visuals are good, the interactives are good and the message is an important one." Big Food: Health, Culture and the Evolution of Eating is about the obesity crisis, and it strives to get its message across in an entertaining way. There's a video screen where kids can squash foods and watch them disintegrate into the contents that theyre made of. There's an array of different kinds of sodas with spoonfulls of sugar to show you how much is actually in each drink. There are, shall we say, compromised organs from the Yale med school to show what the impact of harmful food is internally. "What I really like about it is the conversations and debates you hear in the floor of the museum where people are talking about the things we're trying to teach," says Briggs. The museums usual range of attractions is still open for business of course. "Everything from dinosaurs to diamonds," says Briggs.
170 Whitney Ave.
2) Yale Center For British Art
1080 Chapel St.
3) New Britain Museum of American Art
56 Lexington Street
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