Artspace, 50 Orange St., 203-772-2709, artspacenh.org. It’s the highest-profile gallery in town, thanks to its eye-catching location (the Chamberlain Building in Ninth Square), thought-provoking exhibits, handling of the ambitious annual City-Wide Open Studios (this year, weekends Oct. 12-30) and public art plot The Lot (on Chapel Street).
The Barker Character, Comic and Cartoon Museum, 1188 Highland Ave. (Rte. 10), Cheshire, 203-699-3822, barkermuseum.com. A museum of collectibles, artifacts and memorabilia of American television lore.
City Gallery, 994 State St., 203-782-2489, city-gallery.org. A co-op of 16 artists who curate shows of their work and that of other artists.
Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon St., 203-562-4927, creativeartsworkshop.org. A landmark on Audubon Street for its multistory windows, through which some of the gallery space can be seen (or against which some exhibits are positioned, for the specific benefit of passersby).
DaSilva Gallery, 897 Whalley Ave., 203-387-2539, westvillegallery.com. Gabriel DaSilva’s gallery, showing works by various locally connected artists.
Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme, 860-434-5542, flogris.org. Once a boarding house for the Lyme School painters, who helped kick-start Impressionism in the U.S., it’s now a museum celebrating the work of those and similar-minded painters.
Greene Art Gallery, 29 Whitfield St., Guilford, 203-453-4162, greeneartgallery.com. The red barn behind Whitfield’s Restaurant is actually an art gallery.
Guilford Art Center, 411 Church St., Guilford, 203-453-5947, guilfordartcenter.org. Neighborhood art center that fosters creativity and supports excellence in the arts through exhibits, educational programs for both children and adults and contemporary crafts sales.
Hygienic Art Galleries, 79-83 Bank St., New London, 860-443-8001, hygienic.org. Housed in a former diner, the gallery showcases new work by regional artists and hosts a free, unjuried festival every winter.
John Slade Ely House, 51 Trumbull St., 203-624-8055, elyhouse.org. Consistently thoughtful and inventive curating of contemporary art.
Kehler Liddell Gallery, 873 Whalley Ave., 203-389-9555, kehlerliddell.com. A collection of artists from within a two-hour radius of New Haven.
Left Bank Gallery Essex, 10 Main St., Essex, 860-767-0449, leftbankgalleryessex.com. Local artist-centered gallery situated in the heart of quiet downtown Essex.
Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 625 Williams St., New London, 860-443-2545, lymanallyn.org. A public museum (free to New Londoners) that exhibits works from private collections.
Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center, 144 W. Main St., Waterbury, 203-753-0381, mattatuckmuseum.org. An American Association of Museums-accredited museum that hosts exhibits of documents and photos relating to the history of the Waterbury area as well as showing works by Connecticut artists.
New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm St., 203-946-8130, cityofnewhaven.com/library. The basement art gallery shows often fantastical contemporary works.
New Haven Museum & Historical Society, 114 Whitney Ave., 203-562-4183, newhavenmuseum.org. A cabinet of many curiosities. Ongoing exhibits on the Amistad and New Haven’s maritime and civil history, plus three temporary galleries.
Orbit Art Gallery, ideatvillage.org. Passionately democratic gallery — open to anyone and any art — as part of the annual Ideat Village Festival in June; location varies.
Seton Art Gallery, University of New Haven, 300 Boston Post Rd., West Haven, 203-931-6065, newhaven.edu. Displays works by student artists and donated collections.
Shoreline Alliance for the Arts, 725 Boston Post Rd., Guilford, 203-453-3890, shorelinearts.org. Regional arts council serving Shoreline towns. Sponsors visual arts, performance events; provides scholarships.
Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery, 70 Audubon St., 2nd Fl., 203-772-2788, newhavenarts.org. The Arts Council of Greater New Haven exhibits new works by regional artists in its office space.
Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St., 203-432-0670, yale.edu/whc. A Yale institution that’s been known to show local artists in its gallery.
Wunderlee Arts, 924 Whalley Ave., 203-589-5377, wunderleearts.com. Westville art space specializing in the fine arts, puppetry and guitar lessons.
Yale Center for British Art¿¿, 1080 Chapel St., 203-432-2800, yale.edu/ycba. The largest single collection of British art outside of Britain, comprising works from the past several centuries.
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Ave., 203-432-5050, yale.edu/peabody. Known for its huge dinosaur fossils, but check out the famous Rudolph Zallinger murals of prehistoric scenes, extensive wildlife photography and the loop of several rooms that takes the visitor through a few million years of history in a couple hours’ time.
Yale University Art Gallery¿, 1111 Chapel St., 203-432-0600, artgallery.yale.edu. Its exhibits draw from a huge collection spanning thousands of years’ worth of artistic thought from four continents.