Seaside Center

There is no admission fee for the Seaside Center. However, from May through October both residents and non-residents need a beach pass to enter Greenwich Point Park, where the Seaside Center is located. See more information under Admission below.

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Join us for family-friendly events held on the first Sunday of every month, 1:30 - 4:00 pm.

Summer Programs

Bruce Museum Seaside Center  

The Seaside Center is a beachside museum located in Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich,  about 6 1/2 miles from the main Bruce Museum in Greenwich.Located in the Floren Family Environmental Center at Innis Arden Cottage, Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich, CT

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 November - April. Complimentary admission for First Sunday programs May - October. For more information, contact Seaside Center Manager Cynthia Ehlinger at

February 12: Sex in the Sea
Marah J. Hardt, PhD.
Perfect for Valentine’s Day! At 2 pm, scientist, author and researcher Marah Hardt will talk about her popular science book Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate Connection with Sex-Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters, Kinky Squid, and Other Salty Erotica of the Deep, exploring the weird and wild reproductive habits of marine animals and why understanding these strategies matters. Fun marine valentine activities for all ages all afternoon. *Note this date is the second Sunday in February.

March 5: Testing the Waters Panel Discussion
Learn about assessing the water quality of Long Island Sound and using citizen science to restore clean water to the Sound and nearby waters. Hear from Save the Sound Executive Director Curt Johnson, Earthplace's Harbor Watch Director Sarah Crosby, Greenwich Health Department's Division of Environmental Services Director Mike Long, Greenwich Shellfish Commissioner Roger Bowgen and Greenwich Conservation Director Denise Savageau. Panel discussion 2 - 3:15 pm, plus family activities all afternoon.

April 2: Earth Day Month Celebration! Amazing Mammals from Animal Embassy and Top to Top Global Climate Expedition.
Kick off Earth Day Month and take an environmental journey around the world. At 1:45pm and again at 2:30pm, meet live Animal Ambassadors representing a diversity of habitats from around the globe such as South American Chinchillas, a Lionhead Rabbit, an African Hedgehog and an Australian Sugar Gliders. At 3:15pm hear about global climate change from a family that is sailing the world to inspire action. Co-sponsored by Bruce Museum and Friends of Greenwich Point.

May 7: Bees and Wasps of Connecticut: Seizing the Seasons
Parker Gambino, PhD.
Connecticut has a wide variety of bees and wasps, which are important members of our local ecosystems.  Bees are essential as plant pollinators, but the familiar honeybee is only one of hundreds of bee species found regionally, each with its own specialized adaptations for survival.  Wasps play a different role, as predators of other insects.  Dr. Gambino will present a slide show about these fascinating insects, and will have part of his collection on display and available for examination.  After the talk, take a guided walk around Greenwich Point to observe these insects in action and learn more about their habits.
The "bee lady" Beth Boyer will be on hand with fun and easy bee activities for younger visitors as well as a frame from her demonstation hive. 

Special Event: June 25 Experience the Sound
Presented by the Greenwich Shellfish Comission in conjunction with the Seaside Center Grand Opening

Summer Season: Sunday, June 25 – Monday, September 4, 2017

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 and volunteers


Shoreline Seining ​- Help us discover the biodiversity in Long Island Sound by examining the catch in our seine net.
Animal Feeding - Watch the creatures in our aquariums enjoy a tasty meal.
Animal Anatomy -  Learn about animals from the inside out.
Coastal Scavenger Hunt  timed for low tide. Search for nature’s treasures on the beach.
Arts and Crafts - Let your creativity float free. Activitiesvary weekly and include seaweed pressing, shell painting and more.  
Naturalist's Choice -  Changing topics selected by the Naturalist.
Plankton Tow  -  Help us net microscopic organisms in the Sound and then look through the microscope to discover the amazing life forms in a drop of water.

Click here for directions to the Seaside Center.

Click here to help us raise funds for the Seaside Center at Innis Arden Cottage.

Seaside Center highlights:

Special thanks to Sam Larder "Oceans are Talking" for the use of Recycle. 
  • Scientific Research.  Find a horseshoe crab with a white tag? Call it in! (1-888-LIMULUS)


Looking for a volunteer position this summer? High School and College Students, learn about the ecology of the Long Island Sound and share your knowledge with visitors. The Seaside Center is always looking for volunteers throughout the summer months to help coordinate and supervise programming and activities at Bruce Museum’s Seaside Center at Greenwich Point. Students with an interest in environmental education should contact Volunteer Program Manager Mary Ann Lendenmann at 203-413-6746 or


  • Groups of 10 or more require advance reservations.
  • Groups will be charged a fee.
  • To make reservations and discuss programming during the summer, please contact Cynthia Ehlinger, Seaside Center Manager, at 203-413-6756 or
  • To make reservations and discuss programming during the school year, please contact Kathleen Holko, Manager of School and Tour Services, or (203) 413-6741.


There is no admission fee for the Seaside Center. However, from May through October both residents and non-residents need a beach pass to enter Greenwich Point Park, where the Seaside Center is located.

Greenwich Point Park Admission:

For admission to First Sunday Bird Walks and First Sunday Science at the Seaside Center programs, alert ther front gate personnel that you are attending the program or contact cynthiae@brucemuseumorg for a pass.

For other admissions, regular Park admission fees apply.

From the Town of Greenwich website, Greenwich Point Park entry regulations: 

During the period from May 2 through October 31, prior to 7:00 am and after 5:00 pm (6:00 am on weekends and holidays), only vehicle permits for residents and vehicle fees for visitors will be required, no per person fees will be charged. Seasonal or single entry park pass and vehicle permit/parking pass are required between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm.

During the period from November 1 through April 30, no fees will be charged to enter Greenwich Point and Byram Park.

A maximum of FIVE of each ticket type per transaction
Single Entry Park Pass 05-64 yrs $7.00 
No Pass  0-4 yrs FREE (No Pass)
Single Entry Senior Pass* 65+ yrs FREE *(Proof of age required at entrance to Park)
A maximum of One Single Entry Parking Pass per transaction

Single Entry Parking Pass $35.00
Only valid at Greenwich Point and Byram Parks.

Passes are not available at the Parks or Ferry Dock

Single Entry Park Passes may be purchased at either:
Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday May 2 - Oct. 31
Western Greenwich Civic Center, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday May 2 - Oct. 31
Park Pass Information Tel.: 203-622-7817
Only Parking Passes are required before 7:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. No per person Pass. 

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