What You’ll See at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center

A dairy cow at the Stamford MuseumThe Stamford Museum & Nature Center in Stamford, Connecticut, is a fascinating art, history, nature, and agricultural sciences museum. Originally a private estate, this 118-acre property is home to a working farm, museum and gallery, interactive nature center, planetarium, observatory, otter pond, playground, and tons of outdoor trails. In addition to the facilities, the museum offers seasonal exhibits and weekend festivals that showcase the natural history of New England and are fun for the entire family!

Explore the Stamford Museum and Nature Center

On your next trip to Connecticut, bring your loved ones to the Stamford Museum where you can have a picnic in the meadow, stroll the nature trails, or visit the farm animals. Plus, when you stay at the Stanton House Inn, you’ll be just a short 15-minute drive from all the fun! Here are some of the things you’ll see at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center.

The Nature Center

The Overbrook Nature Center is home to all of the nature programs at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. Guests can explore 80 acres of winding trails or attend an informative program with a naturalist. The beautiful walking trails give guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of wildlife including ducks, red fox, white-tail deer, turtles, and spotted salamanders, all while traversing a forest of American beech, oaks, black birch, and other native plant species.

Stamford Museum Observatory

This 4-story observatory is a research facility used by members of the Fairfield County Astronomical Society and is also open to the public. Each Friday, visitors can enjoy viewing the moon, planets, and deep space objects through the incredible 22-inch research telescope. The kids will love exploring the night sky and learning about stars, galaxies, and much more.

Nature’s Playground

This exciting playground in the woods at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center is nestled into a rocky hillside. Kids can scale a spider web to a tree house with a lookout, then zoom down an otter slide. They can jump on a bouncing bug, wiggle like a worm across two huge maple leaves, or crawl through an ant’s nest. Your children will love discovering the world from an animal’s perspective, and you’ll love being able to rest and relax!

Heckscher Farm

Heckscher Farm at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center has a picturesque backdrop dotted with barns, a maple sugar house, organic vegetable garden, open pastures, and dozens of adorable farm animals. Feel free to explore the chicken coop, pig pen, shelters, and creamery for a glimpse into life on a typical New England farm. Be sure to say hello to the animals – you might even get a kiss from a cow!

Stay at the Stanton House Inn

A day trip to the Stamford Museum and Nature Center is a wonderful experience for the entire family and is a great way to get to know the rich and fascinating history of our area. Afterward, come home to our Greenwich bed and breakfast where you can unwind in one of our stunning rooms and reminisce about your fun-filled day! If you’re looking for another family-friendly museum to explore the next day, be sure to visit the Bruce Museum in Greenwich. For more information on things to do in Stamford, CT, download our free Connecticut vacation guide.