New Haven, Connecticut: Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center (formerly The Knights of Columbus Museum)
Nicknamed the “Strong Right Arm of the Church”, The Knights of Columbus are the largest fraternal group within the Catholic Church having over 1.8 million members. To most Catholics, we doubt there is any need to make you aware of their existence and the many charitable works that they perform.
About the Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center:
Here in Connecticut, you have the opportunity to view some of the historical achievements of this group of Catholic laymen since their founding in 1882 by Father Michael McGivney here in New Haven and through to the present day.
The McGivney Center offers self-guided tours of various galleries. Exhibits are definitely world-class and the center has both permanent exhibits and changing exhibits. Among the permanent collection are the Father Michael J. McGivney gallery and reliquary, the Wall of History (detailing the history of the Knights), the Papal Gallery, and others. Rotating exhibits feature artwork and artifacts from around the world.
It is especially known for the Christmas Nativity scenes during the seasons of both Advent and Christmas.
The McGivney Center is open Wednesday – Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday. Entrance is free, and so is the parking (underground, which is a great blessing in winter time!). It is family-friendly, handicap-accessible and a great place to visit. There is also a gift shop located here.
A short film in the theater introduces visitors to the museum and an interactive display helps highlight the history of the Knights and their activities. There is also a gift shop located here.
Traveling to the Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center:
Address: 1 State St New Haven, CT 06511
GPS coordinates: 41° 18′ 7.5492” N, 72° 55′ 25.8816” W
Tel: +1 (203) 865-0400
Click here for the official website of the Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center in New Haven