When it was founded in 1929, Quinnipiac was a small college but has since grown into a university comprised of eight schools offering graduate and undergraduate degrees, including degrees in law and medicine. An enrollment of just over 8,000 students means class sizes are reasonable and students are able to get valuable individual attention from professors. The Quinnipiac Bobcats are hometown sports heroes, especially the men's hockey team that has received national recognition. The university welcomes members of the community to visit and explore its beautiful campuses, especially recommended during fall when the leaves are changing.
A City Invested in Ar
The city government itself recognizes the value a vibrant arts community can add to an area. The Hamden Arts Commission is a publicly funded organization whose mission is to promote the arts through providing resources to local artists and by bringing in international artists and performers for concerts and exhibits. Every year the Arts Commission hosts a free summer concert series in Town Center Park that attracts world class entertainment in rock and roll, pop, and jazz. Additionally, the Commission provides a directory service for the benefit of local artists, musicians, and galleries and has become a lightning rod for an ever-growing creative scene.
The Eli Whitney Museu
The Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop in Hamden is both a museum of history and a museum of innovation. Located in a musket factory founded by Whitney himself in 1798, the site features exhibits about the life of Whitney and his most famous invention, the cotton gin. The museum also houses a permanent exhibit on A. C. Gilbert, another famous local inventor best known for inventing the erector set. Sandwiched between East Rock Park and Edgerton Park on the Mill River, the museum and surrounding areas are an ideal place to spend an afternoon.