Museum Highlights New Haven Tattoo History

When it comes to tattoos, the New Haven area has a rich history that includes Samuel O’Reilly, who patented the first electric tattoo machine in 1891, and Henry Silver, the earliest known tattoo artist to advertise in the New Haven Register, according to the New Haven Museum. Later this month, the museum is hosting an exhibit all about the tattoo industry in the area.

The “Old-School Ink: New Haven’s Tattoos” exhibit starts Sept. 23 and runs until March 10, 2018. 

Several events are planned for opening day, Sept. 23 at the New Haven Museum.

From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., there will be hands-on activities; temporary tattoos; professional photography of visitors and their tattoos, a storytelling booth with the New Haven Story Project, and a reception with the artists from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The free opening marks Museum Day Live!, a national celebration sponsored each year by Smithsonian Magazine

The New Haven Museum is located at 114 Whitney Ave.

For more information visit or or call 203-562-4183.

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