The Campaign for the New Bruce

The Bruce Museum has embarked on a transformative, capital expansion and renovation project.

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The Campaign for the New Bruce includes $45 million in construction costs, as well as $15 million of added support to the Museum's Endowment to ensure sustainability. When complete, this unprecedented initiative will more than double the size of the Museum, from 30,000 square feet to 70,000 square feet, adding state-of-the-art exhibition, education, and community spaces and significantly expanding its space for permanent and changing installations of art, science, and natural history exhibitions.

The centerpiece of the New Bruce is a three-story addition to be integrated with the current structure. Designed by the New Orleans firm of Eskew + Dumez + Ripple, the building will open on to Bruce Park and feature a façade of cast stone and glass inspired by the striated surfaces of Connecticut’s rock quarries.

The New Bruce project – the first since a $4.3 million expansion in 1992 – began with the expansion and improvement to the Museum’s parking lot in the fall of 2018. The next phase of construction is expected to proceed in the fall of 2019 with the renovation of the current changing gallery spaces. These enhancements will be followed, in early 2020, by the renovation of the Permanent Science Gallery. The Museum is expected to remain open during the renovation phases. A construction timetable for the addition will be finalized as the Campaign continues to reach its fundraising goals. 

“The New Bruce will transform the Museum for our visitors and community – truly a peerless cultural asset for Greenwich and the region.” 

Peter C. Sutton 

– Director Emeritus

                      

                                                                                                             A view of the new Permanent Art Gallery

A New Art History Experience

In the Museum’s new permanent art galleries, visitors to the Bruce will be able to explore the history of art and return to visit their favorite works. With artworks ranging in date from the fourth century B.C. to the early twenty-first century, the New Bruce will have space to celebrate the achievements of artists from diverse cultures around the world. Gallery space featuring choice selections of exceptional Native American works of art, Asian ceramics and textiles, and Pre-Columbian objects will draw art lovers and historians alike. The Bruce expansion will herald a new chapter in the formation of a distinguished permanent collection that reflects all world cultures.

Other permanent galleries will feature artwork from private collectors who have invested in the future of the Bruce through their generous donations to the Museum; these galleries will feature works by Max Beckmann, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, Lucian Freud, David Hockney, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andrew Wyeth, and more.  

  

                                                                             An exhibition in the new and enlarged Science Gallery

Explore the Best of Science

Science and Natural History will have a much larger space for both permanent and temporary installations in the New Bruce. Encompassing all of the Museum’s existing galleries, the science wing of the Bruce will now have the space to explore discoveries of the past, present breakthroughs, and the possibilities for the future.  

The permanent science galleries will be redesigned and reinstalled, adding more exceptional minerals, fossils, and unique specimens of the natural world to the Bruce Museum’s collection.  With new lighting and sound effects in the diorama and updates to the interactives that include dinosaurs and live animal displays, the permanent science galleries will present a multi-sensory expedition through the region’s rich natural history.

Family Time and Community Engagement

The Bruce Museum’s popular in-house programs for families will expand exponentially. The educational spaces of the new Bruce will inspire wonder, spark creativity, and promote understanding of art and science for all ages. 

Spaces dedicated to hands-on learning will triple in size. Two new education workshops will showcase interactive activities in art and science, offering families and student groups memorable ways to explore the themes presented in the New Bruce.

Leisure and Learning

The flexible design of spaces such as the lecture hall will enable visitors to engage with visual culture and the natural world during such events as film series, “lunch and learn” sessions, or drinks and conversation with thought-leaders in art and science. 

Guests can sip and savor in the new café, enjoying chef-inspired creations and refreshing drinks. Split a sandwich with a friend at one of the 40 tables overlooking the newly acquired Keith Haring sculpture in Bruce Park, or relax and reflect with a glass of wine on the café patio.

Equipped with state of the art audio and visual systems, the new Bruce Museum’s unique community spaces will be the perfect setting for your meeting, presentation, workshop, cocktail party, dinner, or reception, with one-of-a-kind backdrops in art and science.

Click here for an overview of how the New Bruce will enhance the Museum’s mission to promote the understanding and appreciation of art and science to enrich the lives of all people in our community.

Share Our Passion!  Grow with Us!

You can help us create Fairfield County’s signature attraction and the gateway to Greenwich, offering all of our visitors –from students and seniors, to children and families –the opportunity to encounter world-class art and unrivaled science exhibitions. 

Join us in transforming the Bruce Museum. Contact Whitney Lucas Rosenberg, Director of Development and Institutional Advancement, at 203-413-6765 or wrosenberg@brucemuseum.org.

The New Bruce Campaign Committee

                                               

                                            Frederic H. Brooks                               Patricia W. Chadwick

                                            Maryann Keller Chai                             William Deutsch                      

                                            Nancy E. Duffy                                      Kathy Epstein

                                            Becky Gillan                                          Robert B. Goergen

                                            Sachiko Goodman                                 Mirella Hajjar

                                            Tracy Holton                                          John Ippolito (Co-Chair)                                                                               

                                            Karen Keegan                                       Jan Rogers Kniffen                               

                                            Arianne F. Kolb                                      Olivia Langston                                      .                       

                                            Robert H. Lawrence, Jr.                         Cricket Lockhart                                     

                                            James B. Lockhart, III                            Susan V. Mahoney (Co-Chair)                

                                            Deborah Simon                                      Heidi Brake Smith   (Co-Chair)