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It was the first American museum to acquire artworks by Caravaggio, Joseph Cornell, Frederic Church, Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí, and also the first in the country to showcase exhibits of important surveys of works by Surrealists, Picasso and Italian Baroque masters.

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Its breathtaking beauty, from Bear Mountain to Long Island Sound, and the proximity to large East Coast urban centers, make Connecticut a popular weekend destination for families, couples and those seeking solitude.The house remains as it was when Theodate lived in it, and 19 rooms are open to the public.It is furnished with magnificent paintings, prints, art pieces, furniture and.There is an emphasis on interactive exhibits at the museum, with a flight simulator, cockpits in which visitors can sit and test out the controls, and hands-on activities and interactive games for children. The museum hosts Southeast Connecticut's most important art collection.It includes European, non-Western and American decorative and fine art.A part of the museum's campus is the beautiful 1829 Federal style stone Deshon-Allyn House, which was home to various members of Allyn family.

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