10 Can’t Miss Things at the Bruce Museum of Greenwich, CT

Bruce MuseumVoted the “Best Museum” in Greenwich, CT, several times over, the Bruce Museum features engaging permanent galleries and more than 12 inspiring exhibits that change annually.

It’s a fantastic place to explore art, science and natural history in a picturesque setting that is as remarkable as the objects within.

There’s no question that the Bruce Museum of Arts and Sciences is one of the best museums in Greenwich, CT.

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Can’t Miss Things at the Bruce Museum of Greenwich, CT

1.The Building Itself

Sitting high on a hill overlooking Greenwich Harbor, the building itself is well worth a visit. Built in 1853, it served as a private home for Francis Lister Hawks, a local lawyer, clergyman and historian. Later, it was purchased by Robert Moffat Bruce, a wealthy textile merchant and member of the New York Cotton Exchange. Mr. Bruce eventually deeded the property to the town of Greenwich and in doing so required that it be used as a “natural history, historical and art museum for the use and benefit of the public.” The museum unveiled its first exhibit in 1912. In 1992, the building was renovated and redesigned and stands today as an “architectural model of museum quality.”

2.Seaside Center

Bruce Museum’s Seaside Center is a beach museum at the beautiful Greenwich Point Park. It’s a short 6.5 mile drive from the main museum and is open the first Sunday of each month from 1:30-4:30 p.m. An afternoon at Seaside Center includes a variety of free family activities focusing on science and nature. Learn about grey seals, scallops, the coastline and much more. Be sure to visit the website for info on obtaining a beach pass to visit the center, which is required May-October.

3.Outdoor Craft Festival

This May, you won’t want to miss the 32nd Annual Outdoor Crafts Festival. During this family-friendly event, you can view handcrafted items made of ceramics, fiber, glass, wood, metal and more. You can also enjoy craft demonstrations, family craft activities, live music and food vendors!

4.Art Festival

The 5th Annual Outdoor Arts Festival at the Bruce Museum will be held in October 2016. This two-day festival, usually held Columbus Day weekend, features original artwork from more than 80 local artists. The Bruce Museum Art Festival is great chance to browse and visit with the artists themselves!

5.Permanent Exhibits

Seven exhibits essential to understanding our planet and Greenwich itself are always on display at the Bruce Museum. They include Changes in Our Land, Every Object Tells a Story, and Community Connections. Science and nature come together to present artistic displays to connect you with with the past, present and in many ways, the future.

6.Current Exhibitions

The Bruce Museum also features several exhibitions that change out annually allowing the museum to remain on the cutting edge. Regular museum patrons and visitors alike can enjoy an array of exhibits in the Love/Newman-Wilds Gallery, the Arcade Gallery and the Bantle Lecture Gallery. Some exhibits may be on display for 6 months or longer, while others are there for only a month or two. Be sure to check the museum website for a current list of exhibitions.


Among the many 5 featured collections housed at the Bruce Museum is the Textile Collection, an outstanding collection of ladies’ gowns and accessories that span a timeframe from the 1830s to more recent years. Other collections that shouldn’t be missed include science, history and of course, art.

8.Calendar of Events

In addition to the Bruce Museum’s annual festivals and benefits, there are plenty of weekly events worth attending. From the First Sunday Bird Walk at Greenwich Point Park to the Tuesday Toddler Tour, you’ll want to check the Bruce Museum Events Calendar often for current programs and offerings.


Taking a tour of the museum allows you to delve a little deeper into its history and its ongoing mission. You can partake in docent-led tours, held each Tuesday and Friday, embark on a self-guided audio tour or sign up for a group tour. Adult and school groups of 8 or more do require advance registration. Want a sneak peek of the museum? Take the Virtual Tour!

10.Museum Store

A museum store usually features unique items you won’t find in your typical souvenir store. The Bruce Museum store is no different with its selection of unusual gifts, jewelry, accessories, fun and educational tours and much more! Don’t miss the Annual Holiday Evening, held each December, which offers museum guests the chance to enjoy shopping, as well as a selection of wines and cheeses!

The Bruce Museum store is a fitting addition to the shops and stores of the downtown Greenwich, CT, shopping district.

Plan Your Visit!

The Bruce Museum is located at 1 Museum Drive in Greenwich. Museum hours are: Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The doors close 1/2 hour before closing, The last admission is at 4:30 p.m.

The Bruce Museum is one of many interesting museums you can visit during your stay in Greenwich, CT, including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Barnum Museum, Hill Stead Museum and the Discovery Museum and Planetarium.

Let Stanton House Inn serve as your home away from home while you’re in Greenwich. After visiting museums, galleries and other attractions in our town, you’ll love returning to our inn where you can relax in one of our stunning rooms and suites.  

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