About Us

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Our Mission: The Bruce Museum promotes the understanding and appreciation of Art and Science to enrich the lives of all people.

What to Expect

Consistently voted the "Best Museum" by area media, the Bruce Museum is a regionally 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.

Our History

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 on Greenwich in 1908.

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Seaside Center

Summer Season 2018:
Sunday, June 24 – Monday, September 3, 2018

Tuesday - Sunday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Seaside Center educates visitors about the ecology of Long Island Sound and features:

  • Live-animal marine touch tank open year-round
  • Four marine aquaria of local species open seasonally 
  • Seashore dioramas of summer and winter birds, fish, and other local species, and an underwater oyster reef
  • Environmental activities and video presentations
  • Helpful naturalists

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The Seaside Center is generously supported in part by Osprey Private Client.


Fred Elser First Sunday Science at the Seaside Center

Year-round. Open on the first Sunday of each month.

Free. Family activities throughout the afternoon and talks by experts in the field.  No pass required. Complimentary admission for First Sunday programs May - October by alerting front gate staff that you are coming for the First Sunday Sceince event. For more information, contact Seaside Center Manager Cynthia Ehlinger at cynthiae@brucemuseum.org or 203-413-6756 (Mon.- Fri.).

Sunday, July 1, 1:30 - 4:00 pm. Everything Except Honey: The Diversity of Wild Bees

Talk by Nick Dorian at 2:00 pm. There are over 4000 species of bees native to the United States, and over 400 species that can be found in New England. Within these numbers exists a staggering diversity—of form, of color, and of biology. In this talk, you will learn about the diversity of wild bees in New England. We’ll start with an introduction to native bees and pollination and go through several vignettes of common native bees. Then we’ll shift to wild bee conservation and what you can do to help bees in your own backyard, including a demo of how to build a native bee home.

 Nick Dorian is a first-year PhD student at Tufts University in Medford, MA. He studies native cellophane bees and how climate change affects their populations. Further, Nick’s passion for science communication and outreach leads him to share what he knows about pollinators and gardening to anyone willing to listen. When he’s not following bees, Nick photographs birds, writes poetry, and tries to bake the perfect English muffin.

Sunday, August 5, 1:30 - 4:00 pm. Blue Crabs

At 2:00 pm, Tim Visel, former lobsterman who now is the Coordinator at New Haven's Sound School, discusses the status of Blue Crabs in the Sound and along the East Coast as well as new discoveries in understanding their larval stages. Explore the crabs of LI Sound all afternoon.

Sunday, September 2, 1:30 - 4:00 pm. TBD

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There are many opportunities to participate at the Bruce Museum. Current and prospective volunteers can find out more here.

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The Bruce Museum has affiliations with many organizations that offer additional benefits to visitors and members.

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