COVID-19: Health and Safety Updates

The safety of Museum visitors, staff, and the community as a whole is our priority. The Bruce Museum building remains temporarily closed to visitors to support the efforts by local and state authorities to help protect public health and safety during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

 

We will provide updates on our website, through email communications, and via social media channels.


 

June 10, 2020

The Bruce Museum looks forward to reopening the Museum to members and the public starting Saturday, June 27, upon receiving the necessary certification from state agencies.

Admission to the Bruce Museum beginning June 27 will be by advance reservation, with timed ticketing to ensure the comfort and safety of visitors and staff. Admission will be free to all visitors upon the Museum’s reopening to the public.

The following hours of operation and admission policy will be in effect until further notice:

9:30 – 10:30 am, Tuesday through Sunday: The Museum is open only to self-selected individuals over the age of 65 or who are immunocompromised.

10:30 – 11:30 am, Tuesday through Sunday: The Bruce is pleased to welcome Museum members for one hour of special access.

All remaining Museum hours are unchanged. To reserve a timed ticket to visit the Bruce Museum, visit brucemuseum.org or call 203-869-0376. (Please note that the Museum will be closed on Saturday, 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.

Timed tickets will be available to small family groups (no more than four persons). Twenty-five people will be permitted per 30 minutes. A 15-minute window immediately following these 30 minutes will be built in to scheduling to allow for slower visits or Museum Store purchases.

Visitors are required to wear masks or cloth face covering that completely covers the nose and mouth. Visitors who are not compliant with appropriate face covering will be asked to leave and return only when properly outfitted. Visitors can arrive five minutes before their ticketed time and up to 10 minutes after their ticketed time to enter. If at any time gallery spaces become overcrowded, visitors will be asked to wait outside, or if possible, pause in the Bantle Lecture Gallery until additional spaces become available in the main galleries.


May 21, 2020

To Bruce Museum members and friends,

The Bruce Museum building remains temporarily closed to the public. Most Museum staff is working from home; select staff is on-site on a limited basis to manage essential operating functions, including overseeing renovation work being performed by contractors working under strict health and safety protocols.

The Museum looks forward to welcoming staff and, in turn, members and other visitors to the Museum upon receiving the necessary certifications from local and state agencies.

Visitors to Bruce Park are welcome to enjoy the sculptures on Museum grounds, provided they observe social distancing protocols. Click here for the Bruce Museum Outdoor Sculpture and Nature Audio Tour.

For current CT Museums & Zoos Outdoor Only Guidelines, click here. For the ReOpen CT guidelines developed by the State of Connecticut, click here.

We join together to thank all who are selflessly stepping forward each and every day to keep us all safe. Our gratitude to the nurses, doctors, EMS personnel, and other health care workers on the front lines of the pandemic is profound, and it will be lasting.

Working remotely, Museum staff continue to engage with one another, and with volunteer leadership and members, to deliver high-quality educational opportunities for all ages through our Bruce at Home platform.

New: Virtual Exhibitions Now Online

Thank you for embracing our growing collection of online programs, learning activities, and other digital content. Of special note: The Museum has been proud to launch three new virtual exhibitions this month:

On the Edge of the World: Masterworks by Laurits Andersen Ring from SMK—the National Gallery of Denmark.

Director of Exhibitions Anne von Stuelpnagel has created a fascinating online tour of the Museum’s acclaimed international exhibition of one of the most important figures in Danish art. The exhibition opened in February in the Museum’s newly renovated main gallery, organized in collaboration with SMK, the national gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, and AFSMK, American Friends of SMK.

The virtual exhibition features a comprehensive overview of all of the paintings on view, as well as a series of brief videos by famed Danish actor Lars Mikkelsen commenting on the artwork of L.A. Ring and the key themes that represent the painter’s oeuvre. The newly launched microsite also includes a downloadable Family Gallery Guide designed to help virtual visitors discover and explore the artwork of Laurits Anderson Ring through the seasons.

Under the Skin

The Bruce Museum’s virtual tour of the science exhibition Under the Skin is now live! Developed by Curator of Science Daniel Ksepka with help from a worldwide team of fellow researchers, this site presents the objects and visualizations displayed in the physical exhibition along with bonus content and links to help explore the show’s themes more deeply.

House on the Hill: The Changing Face of the Bruce Museum

This online exhibition celebrates the changing profile of the Bruce Museum through its history and demonstrates its prominence in the community, both as a visible element and as a cherished institution. 

Developed by Timothy Walsh, Collections Manager and, as the Museum’s archivist and resident historian, curator of the exhibition, House on the Hill includes numerous historical images that show the evolution of the structure from its conversion from mansion to modern museum highlighting the intersections of art and science. 

Bruce at Home Online Programs, and Learning Activities

Digital Weekends with the Bruce

Miss weekend family programs at the Bruce? Join us online each Saturday morning for the latest Digital Weekends with the Bruce program! Proud of a finished project? Send us your artwork to share or post with the hashtag #brucemuseum.

STEAM Activities

Every Thursday, we offer a new Bruce at Home STEAM Activity. Our Museum educators have been helping young learners investigate properties related to water displacement, with interactive projects like “The Penny Boat Challenge.” Endorsed by the Greenwich Public Schools, these fun activities are a great complement to students’ virtual school work.

Audio Tours: From Bruce Park to Madagascar

Did you know that you can visit the public sculptures and nature surrounding Bruce Park any time you wish through a new mobile website? You can also re-visit a past popular exhibition, Madagascar: Ghosts of the Past.

Do you have an idea for a digital offering you’d like to see or utilize? Contact Manager of School and Community Partnerships, Corinne Flax, to see what may be available.

Bruce Museum Outdoor Sculpture and Nature Audio Tour

What We’re Hearing from You!

Membership Manager Laura Freeman thanks Museum members for their heartfelt messages of support. 

“So many of my conversations with members over the past month have been overwhelmingly positive,” Laura reports. “The House on the Hill exhibition is making people, as one member told me, ‘even more excited to see the next phase of the Bruce.’ Some members love seeing the Bruce at Home lessons, and others really like how informative the articles are on the Science Department’s Storage Room No. 2 blog.”

We are also moved by the many kind messages from Museum members, like this note from Kathleen Brooker:

“This is a time for members to support what we value, knowing that we have your wonderful cultural resource to return to. Thank you!” 

Thank you all for being part of the Bruce family. We’re here for you, if, for the time being, only in virtual heart and spirit. Your messages of support give us renewed faith that, together, we will emerge from this difficult period as a community that is stronger and more united than ever.

Please reach out to Laura Freeman with any questions, comments, and suggestions at LFreeman@brucemuseum.org. To join or renew your membership, click here.

Be safe. Be well. Together, we’ll get through this!

We appreciate your support during this challenging period. Click here to help.


March 25, 2020

To Bruce Museum members, staff, and friends,

Let me say, on behalf of all of us here at the Bruce, I sincerely hope that you and your family are safe and in good health.

Museums are really about people. That’s one of the first things I said to you, our members and supporters, when I joined the Bruce Museum as the new Susan E. Lynch Executive Director.

I believe that now, more than ever, as we are in the midst of one of the greatest personal and national challenges any of us has experienced. The Bruce Museum exists not because of its building or collections, but for what we offer to people: a resource for education and delight; a place where you make connections and forge community; and a haven that offers hope, solace, and permanence. 

First of all: we are concerned about our community. While the Bruce Museum is a public charity and relies on member support and donations, right now we ask you to come to the aid of neighbors who are in need and to support the social agencies that are on the front lines of preserving public health and safety.  

Please use this link established by the Greenwich United Way as a local online clearinghouse to connect people who want to volunteer.

For the most up-to-date information about the community response to the coronavirus crisis, Greenwich residents should access this dedicated webpage on the Town website.

Second, I wanted to update you on what the Museum is doing. Right now, our focus is on the present—that’s because we look forward to our future together, and to welcoming you back to the Bruce Museum as soon as possible.

  • Since March 13, staff have been working remotely from home, developing online educational opportunities for the public and preparing for when we can re-open our doors.
     
  • The Bruce Museum thanks you for being part of our family of members—whose gifts provide critical funds that support the Museum’s mission. Our Membership and Development teams, along with volunteers, are connecting with members through phone calls and emails to touch base. Your thoughts on how we can best serve our community at this time are welcome and important to us.
     
  • We will be contacting members to tell them the Museum is extending annual membership to compensate for our temporary closure. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to touch base with Membership Manager Laura Freeman, at lfreeman@brucemuseum.org
     
  • Our Audience Engagement team is creating enrichment activities about Art and Science for you and your family to do at home. Look for these virtual projects on our website and social media channels. The team is also working with the Greenwich Public Schools to develop special curricula. 
     
  • Our Marketing team is working to keep you connected. On the Museum’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds, you’ll find links, stories, and resources from the global community of museums to keep you engaged, informed and, yes, entertained. 
     
  • With heavy hearts, we have decided not to hold the 33rd Bruce Museum Gala on Saturday, May 9. It may seem strange to talk about a benefit party in such challenging times—but the impactful support raised in a single day through the Gala accounts for a significant part of our annual operating budget, and is essential for all the education and engagement activities offered to the public. We plan to present a celebratory event next fall. Stay tuned. 
     
  • We have also canceled the Outdoor Crafts Festival, scheduled for May 16-17. This year’s annual gathering of acclaimed artisans from around the country would have been the 35th running. It will be back; the Museum is preparing to host a “virtual craft festival” with select exhibitors in mid-April.
     
  • The status of our scheduled exhibitions, programs, and events for April and beyond will be updated and shared as we continually re-evaluate when we can reopen. Please consult our website for relevant information: https://brucemuseum.org.

The Bruce Museum exists to serve the people of the Fairfield-Westchester community, and we are here for the long run. As a museum of Community + Art + Science + Education, we celebrate eternal values: creativity, discovery, and the best achievements of humankind.

Thank you. Be safe, and be well!

Sincerely,

 

Robert Wolterstorff

The Susan E. Lynch Executive Director

Bruce Museum