Living in the area, I always took this museum for granted. Then, with out-of-town friends, I visited MOMA in NYC. My reaction to MOMA was: why did I pay $25 and fight long lines when New Haven has a museum with the same or better quality art for free and without crowds? The only drawback is New Haven's restricted parking: go on a Sunday when street parking is free. The crown jewels are still the foundational paintings by John Trumbull. You will recognize them from every US history text you ever read. As others have stated, there are also lots of other great pieces of art. The lack of crowds and admission fees means you may linger at will. You can, also, cross the street to see the British Art Museum or the School of Art exhibitions, or just stroll about the beautiful Yale campus. Oh, and, if your haberdashery inclines to tinfoil, you may view the Skull and Bones courtyard from the upper floor windows.