Over the past 100 years, the Bruce Museum has developed a diverse collection through both gifts and purchases. From its holdings of approximately 15,000 objects in fine and decorative art, natural history and anthropology, the Museum selects items to complement its long and short-term exhibitions.
Notice: The Bruce Museum has a temporary loan moratorium in effect until July 15, 2020. All new loan requests should be submitted on or after that date.
Join & Support
As a privately funded organization, the Bruce relies on its membership and generous friends and supporters to meet the costs of creating exhibitions, educating youth and adults and providing countless programs throughout the year.
The Bruce Museum Store offers a wide selection of unusual gifts, one-of-a-kind jewelry, accessories, fun and educational toys, rocks, minerals, fossils, stationery, exhibition catalogs and a wonderful selection of art books and more that relate to the Museum's exhibitions and programs.
For your convenience, we accept orders for our exhibition catalogs by phone or online. Online orders shipped only within the United States. For orders shipping out of the United States, please place a phone order at 203.869.0376. Click below for details.
In support of the Bruce Museum’s mission to promote the understanding and appreciation of Art and Science to enrich the lives of all people, the Museum delivers educational programs geared toward the following audiences.
Turner Construction Company has started work on the New Bruce. Construction will only occur between the hours of 7 am and 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. View the progress with weekly updated time lapse video. The New Bruce Museum is expected to open in late 2022.
Our Mission: The Bruce Museum promotes the understanding and appreciation of Art and Science to enrich the lives of all people.
Admission will be on a “Pay as You Wish” basis through Monday, November 4, 2021, with a suggested donation of $10 per adult. Proceeds from admission fees help support exhibitions and programs as the Museum strives to fulfill its mission to promote the understanding and appreciation of art and science to enrich the lives of all people.
Special Hours, admission, ticketing:
Admission to the Bruce Museum is by advance reservation, with timed ticketing to ensure the comfort and safety of visitors and staff.
The following hours of operation and admission policy will be in effect until further notice:
10:00 – 5:00 pm, Tuesday through Sunday
All remaining Museum hours are unchanged. Please note that the Museum will be closed on Sunday, July 4 in observance of the Fourth of July Holiday.
Maximum safe occupancy for each exhibition space or area has been calculated to allow for social distancing between groups (including staff) and to comply with state social gathering size guidance.
Inside the Museum, visitors are required to wear masks that completely cover the nose and mouth. Visitors who are not compliant with appropriate face covering will be asked to leave and return only when properly outfitted.
Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Doors close 1/2 hour before closing,
Last admission 4:30 pm
Closed Mondays and major holidays:
- News Year's Eve -early closing 3:00 pm
- New Years Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day - Monday, September 6, 2021, closed
- Wednesday, November 24, day before Thanksgiving early dismissal - 3:00 pm.
- Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 25, 2021, closed
- Christmas Eve - early closing 3:00 pm
- Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25, 2021, closed.
- New Year' Eve - Friday, December 31, 2021, early closing 3:00 pm
- New Year's Day, Saturday, January 1, 2022, closed.
- Sunday, Easter, April 17, 2022, closed.
- Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2022, closed
Early closing at 3 p.m. Doors close 1/2 hour before closing, last admission at 2:30 pm.
Museum Store Hours
Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed Mondays (except late November until Christmas) and major holidays
Click here to check a specific date on the calendar
Winter Weather Closings
If the Museum is closed to the public due to weather conditions or other emergencies, an announcement will be placed by 7:15 a.m. on the Museum's telephone message at 203-869-0376. Bruce Museum also posts closing notices on the Bruce Museum website brucemuseum.org homepage, and on social media pages.
What to Expect
The Bruce Museum is a community based, world-class institution highlighting art, science and natural history in more than a dozen changing exhibitions annually. The permanent galleries feature the natural sciences that encompass regional to global perspectives. The Bruce Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
The Museum was originally built as a private home in 1853. Robert Moffat Bruce (1822-1909), a wealthy textile merchant and member of the New York Cotton Exchange, bought the house and property in 1858 and deeded them to the Town of Greenwich in 1908.
Join the Museum’s family of members for year-round benefits!
Your generous support will help us to promote the understanding and appreciation of art and science to enrich the lives of all people.
The Bruce Contemporaries new council of Museum supporters.
The Bruce Museum art collection consists of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, multimedia compositions, and decorative arts.
The Bruce Museum’s textile collection includes ladies’ gowns and accessories, paisley shawls, and Chinese court robes from the Quing Dynasty.
The Fred Elser First Sunday Science at the Seaside Center Lecture Series
The Bruce Museum sponsors two outdoor festivals each year which feature original work by some of the best artists and craftspeople from around the country.
Museum staff members share their thoughts, plus historical detail and context, as well as some fun facts about their favorite objects from the Bruce Museum Collection.
The Bruce Museum holds several benefits each year to appeal to its varied constituents and to support its exhibitions and educational programming.
Learn more about programs available for students in preschool through high school and their educators.
Member Double Discount Days!
Friday, December 11 - Saturday, December 12, 2020
Bruce Museum members enjoy 20% off all purchases made in the Museum Store during Members' Preview days - December 11-12!
Start your shopping early…and don't forget:
- teacher gifts
- hostess gifts
- gifts for all ages
- stocking stuffers
(Double discount valid for members only, including new members, excluding Monopoly.)
Gifts in Honor
Give in honor of someone special today. Your honor gift, which supports the Bruce Museum's ongoing exhibitions and education programs, is a unique way to acknowledge someone's birthday, anniversary, or other special occasions. We will send the honoree a note telling him or her you have sent in a donation in their honor.
Gifts in Memory
Memorial gifts are a thoughtful way to honor a loved one's memory. We are touched and grateful for these heartfelt gifts supporting the Bruce Museum’s ongoing exhibitions and education programs.
Please indicate the name and contact information for the honoree in the comments section on the following page. If you would like to allocate the gift to a specific purpose, please note that as well. Thank you so much for your support of the Bruce Museum.
For further information, please contact Whitney Lucas Rosenberg, Director of Development and Institutional Advancement, 203-413-6765 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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From New York City/ Westchester County and points south and west
Take I-95 North to exit 3 . At the bottom of ramp turn right onto Arch Street. Follow Arch Street to intersection of Steamboat Road. Go straight across to Museum Drive. The museum entrance is 500 feet on your left. Students may be dropped off at front entrance plaza. Buses must continue around drive and park in designated parking spaces at bottom of the hill.
From New Haven/Stamford and points east
Take I-95 South to exit 3. Turn left at bottom of the ramp onto Arch Street. Go under thruway bridge to intersection of Steamboat Road. Proceed as above.
From the Merritt Parkway
Take the North Street exit and follow signs to central Greenwich. At the end of North Street bear left onto Maple Avenue. At the light bear right onto Putnam Avenue and take the immediate left onto Milbank Avenue. Follow Milbank to the end, bearing straight at rotaries. Turn right onto Bruce Park Avenue. Take the next left onto Steamboat Road. At the light take a left onto Museum Drive.
Take Metro-North to Greenwich Station. Special discounts are available for Metro-North Railroad's “One-Day Getaways.” Exit the station toward the east and turn right onto Steamboat Road. Walk through I-95 underpass and climb steps to the Museum.
Bruce Museum members receive 10% discount on all regularly priced items.
The collection focuses on natural history and includes minerals and fossils, bird and mammal mounts, butterflies and other invertebrates, reptiles, fish, and skeletons. It is the best collection of this type in the area between New York City and New Haven. The specimens represent worldwide localities and the collection grows through field collecting, donations, bequests, exchanges and purchases.
The Collectors Council offers unique opportunities to members of the Museum’s community who are new collectors, already developing a collection, or have a passion for the arts and would like to gain access to interesting and educational cultural experiences in a small group setting.
The Bruce Museum Council serves as a body of advocates and ambassadors for the Museum to the larger community on artistic, scientific, political and external affairs issues.
The Bruce Museum Store is open on Tuesday - Sunday
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Special Holiday Shopping By Appointment:
Mondays, in November and December 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
No admission charge to visit the Museum Store.
Digital Bruce Beginnings, Family Days, and more!
Find out about programs available for adults.
Reservations and Tickets for Upcoming Programs and Events.
Students (5-22 w/ valid ID) $8.00
Seniors (65 & up) $8.00
Museum members and
children under 5 Free
Free individual admission on Tuesday.
Admission will be on a “Pay as You Wish” basis through Thursday, November 4, 2021, with a suggested donation of $10 per adult. Proceeds from admission fees help support exhibitions and programs as the Museum strives to fulfill its mission to promote the understanding and appreciation of art and science to enrich the lives of all people.
Groups of 8 or more require advance reservations.
The Bruce Museum is accessible to individuals with disabilities.
Museums for All gives up to four individuals in the same group free admission with the presentation of one EBT card. This program is in effect during regular business hours and does not apply to lectures or other special programs.
We are pleased to partner with Bank of America on the Museums on Us program. On the first full weekend of every month, admission to the Bruce is free for all Bank of American cardholders. Each cardholder gets one free general admission. We are grateful for Bank of America's support of the Bruce Museum and partnering with the Museum on this program.
The Bruce Museum is participating in the Blue Star Museums program, offering free admission to all active-duty U.S. military personnel and their families with identification. The Bruce Museum offers this program year-round.
The Bruce Museum regularly publishes scholarly catalogs and brochures in conjunction with many of our exhibitions.
Click to browsecurrent and past exhibition catalogs and selected related books.
There are many opportunities to participate at the Bruce Museum. Current and prospective volunteers can find out more here.
The Bruce Museum has affiliations with many organizations that offer additional benefits to visitors and members.
The ethnology collection focuses on objects of peoples from the Americas and reflects the sophistication and diversity of the various cultures represented.
The Museum’s history collection focuses primarily on American material culture spanning from the Colonial period to the present day. The Bruce Museum also acts as the local repository for archaeological sites and artifacts in the Greenwich/Fairfield County region.
Corporate partners provide essential resources that help the Bruce Museum fulfill its mission. Funds directly support the Museum’s exhibitions, education programs, and related events offered to the community.
We deeply appreciate the support of all of our corporate partners and for their generous commitment to the Museum’s mission. Below is a list of all current Corporate partners:
Click on the corporate logo to connect to their website.
We invite all current and potential Corporate Partners to participate as Corporate Leadership Council members. All Corporate Leadership Council memberships are curated to provide opportunities for ongoing engagement through recognition, marketing, corporate entertaining, and participation in Bruce Museum events to best align with current corporate partnership priorities.
To learn more about Corporate Sponsorship opportunities and the Corporate Leadership Council, please contact Whitney Lucas Rosenberg, Director of Development & Institutional Advancement at email@example.com, or 203-413-6765.
There are many ways to contribute to the support of the Bruce.
• Planned Giving
• Transfer Stock
The Bruce Museum’s Seaside Center at Greenwich Point is a public educational facility focused on the ecology of Long Island Sound and its environmental challenges. Learn more about how to support this facility.
MetroNorth Package with the Delamar Hotel
Experience a weekend escape just a short train ride away in Greenwich, CT. The Delamar Hotel is partnering with the Bruce Museum to offer overnight visitors who travel on MetroNorth free entrance to the Museum and more. Learn more.
The Bruce Museum is participating in the Blue Star Museums program, offering free admission to all active-duty U.S. military personnel and their families with identification year-round. For more information click here.
For more special travel packages, see Visiting the Area.
Reciprocal Museum Listing
Bruce Museum members receive reciprocal admission to over a dozen area museums through the Fairfield/Westchester Museum Alliance (FWMA) and more!
Fairfield/Westchester Museum Alliance: Plus: New Britain Museum of American Art
The Bruce Museum is part of the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) Travel Passport Program. The ASTC programs provide free general admission to members of participating museums and science centers. Valid membership card with ASTC logo must be presented upon your visit. Reciprocal admission applies to the number of people covered in your membership, not to exceed 2 adults and 4 children.
**ASTC excludes museums and institutions within 90 miles of membership purchase and purchaser residency. Therefore, if you have a membership with an institution or live within 90 miles of another you are planning to visit, you would not be granted free admission under the ASTC Travel Passport Program. Science centers/museums located within 90 miles of each other are excluded from the Travel Passport Program unless that exclusion is lifted by mutual agreement.
Patron members and above receive additional reciprocal admission to over 40 museums across the country through the Museum Alliance Reciprocal Program (MARP). Visit here for a complete list.
Here at Myx Kitchen, we believe that healthy food should be accessible, sustainable, and most of all NEVER boring. Whether you create your own dish or choose from our chef-driven curations, we guarantee that you will find your perfect meal! Show your Bruce Museum Membership card at Myx Kitchen for 20% off your purchases.
Myx Kitchen: 19 W Elm Street Greenwich 06830 203-861-1150
Crew is a local Family restaurant offering a seasonal American menu and kids menu. Their wine program is fun and affordable, with weekly food specials. Receive 15% off when you show your Bruce Museum Membership card at Crew. Crew: 280 Railroad Avenue Greenwich 06830 203-340-9433
FAQ - Digital Membership Cards
Going digital means you never have to worry about forgetting your membership card, in addition to being more environmentally friendly and helping to reduce administrative costs.
Q. I am a current member; how do I receive my digital membership card?
A. As a current member, you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and access your new digital membership cards. For any problems and questions about receiving your card, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 203.413.6764.
Q. How do I add the membership card to my iPhone?
A. Access the email from your smartphone and click the “Download” button, then click “Add to Wallet” and “Add.” The card will automatically go to your iPhone’s Apple Wallet. It can be accessed in Apple Wallet at any time.
Q. How do I add the membership card to my Android phone?
A. Android users need to download Wallet Passes from Google Play. After you have the app, access the membership email from your smartphone and click “Download,” and the card will automatically go to your Wallet Passes app, where it can be accessed at any time.
Q. There are two adult names on my membership, how can the second person receive the card?
A. Navigate to the “back of the card” by clicking the small icon on the bottom right of the card. Along with the specific membership benefits associated with your membership, you will also find a “Share Pass” button to send the card to your secondary member. After selecting “Share Pass” you will need to select the email or mail option to share your pass. iPhone users can share the pass via text message if sending to another iPhone. As always, we will request a corresponding photo ID upon entry to ensure that only named members are using your digital card.
Q. I downloaded my card but I can’t find it.
A. If you have an iPhone, the card will automatically download to Apple Wallet. Check the app for your new card and scroll through any cards that are already downloaded. If you have an Android, you’ll need to download Wallet Passes from the Play Store prior to downloading the card.
Q. Will I still need to show my photo ID with my digital card?
A. Yes. The safety of our members is very important to us, and we want to ensure that no one else is using your membership benefits.
Contact Membership Manager Charlotte Hyland email@example.com at 203.413.6764 if you have any questions about your digital cards.
To ensure the comfort and safety of visitors and staff in the galleries, we still plan to engage and interact with you through all of the channels available to us. This means that for the time being many of the Bruce Museum programs have gone digital.