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

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.

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 2019:
Sunday, June 23 – Monday, September 2, 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.).



Saturday, October 6, 10:30 & 12:30 pm. STRAWS
Film Screenings of STRAWS at 10:30 am & 12:30 pm & Town-Wide Cleanup 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Don't miss the award-winning documentary STRAWS and pitch in at the town-wide cleanup!  Every day in the U.S., millions of non-recyclable plastic straws are used once and tossed, ending up in landfills and incinerators, littering streets and polluting waterways and beaches.  Actor Tim Robbins narrates a colorful history of straw use, and marine researchers, citizen activists and business owners discuss how they're making a sea of change… one plastic straw at a time.  The Friends of Greenwich Point and the Bruce Museum Seaside Center, in coordination with the Greenwich Conservation Commission, Greenwich Recycling Advisory Board and BYO Greenwich, are sponsoring this screening in support of the Skip the Straw Greenwich campaign.  Learn more about the problems caused by plastic pollution and be part of the solution by joining the town-wide clean up organized by Greenwich Green and Clean to keep Greenwich Point and the Long Island Sound clean and beautiful!  Film: 33 minutes. (No program on First Sunday)

Free. No reservation required.
Film held at Innis Arden Cottage/Seaside Center, Greenwich Point Park at 10:30 am & 12:30 pm.
Town-wide Cleanup 8 am - 12 pm

Sunday, November 4, 1:30 - 4:00 pm. Shellfishing Demonstration

Join the Greenwich Shellfish Commission for a discussion of the status of shellfish in the Long Island Sound and hands-on demonstration of harvesting clams and oysters in local waters. 

Sunday, December 2, 1:30 - 4:00 pm. Counting Birds: A History of the Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Learn about history and impact of one of the longest running citizen science projects, Audubon's Annual Christmas Bird Count. 

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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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