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.
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.
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 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 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.