Robert Motherwell (American, 1915–1991), Elegy Black Black, 1983, Lithograph,, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Brittain III, Bruce Museum Collection

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.

 For more information on the collection, contact Tim Walsh, Collections Manager, at 203-413-6767 or email

Art Collection

The Bruce Museum art collection consists of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, multimedia compositions, and decorative arts.

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Textile Collection

The Bruce Museum’s textile collection includes ladies’ gowns and accessories, paisley shawls, and Chinese court robes from the Quing Dynasty.

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Bruce Museum Collection Favorites

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.

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Science 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.

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Ethnology Collection

The ethnology collection focuses on objects of peoples from the Americas and reflects the sophistication and diversity of the various cultures represented.

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History Collection

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.

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