The New Haven Museum & Historical Society (114 Whitney Ave., 203/562-4183, www.newhavenmuseum.org , 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tues.–Fri.; noon–5 p.m. Sat., $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 students and children, free children under 6) contains a mishmash of 350 years of history, ranging from Quinnipiac Indian artifacts to mementoes of New Haven’s  role in the China trade. The museum also has a collection of artifacts relating to the Amistad affair, including a striking portrait of the leader of the Africans, Joseph Cinque (also known as Sengbe Pieh), on trial.
New Haven also pays homage to those brave Africans with its Amistad Memorial (165 Church St.), a 14-foot bronze relief sculpture that depicts their capture, trial, and return home. The monument was sculpted in 1992 and placed on the former
site of the New Haven jail, where the crew was imprisoned in 1839 while they awaited trial.