Seaside Center

Bruce Musem Seaside Center 
Summer Hours
First Sunday Science at the Seaside Center programs
Summer Opening
Summer Programs

Current Weather

The Bruce Museum's Seaside Center, located in the Floren Family Environmental Center in the Innis Arden Cottage, is open for family programs on the first Sunday afternoon of each month and will open for the 2014 season in late June.

The Seaside Center is a beachside museum located in Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich,  about 6 1/2 mile from the main facility in Greenwich. The Seaside Center aims to educate visitors about the ecology of Long Island Sound and environmental issues. Click here for directions.

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

The Seaside Center is open to the public on the first Sunday of each month (see below) and from late June through August.

Seaside Center Hours (in summer season): Wednesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm

Monday & Tuesday closed

First Sunday Science at the Seaside Center

Join us for family-friendly events held on the first Sunday of every month.

Programs in the series focus on an array of topics including the animals and plants observed in Long Island Sound, current environmental concerns and issues facing our local estuary, the history of Greenwich Point, and much more!   The Bruce Museum is spearheading these collaboratively organized programs with regional organizations that work towards a sustainable future for Long Island Sound and surrounding watershed.

Please check the Calendar for individual dates. All programs are held from 1:30 pm  to 4:00 pm at the Bruce Museum Seaside Center, located in the Floren Family Environmental Center at Innis Arden Cottage. Participation in programs is free but a Town of Greenwich beach pass is required for entry to Greenwich Point during the summer season for both residents and non-residents.  Please contact Cynthia Ehlinger, or 203-413-6756, for additional details.                                                           

  • May 4: All About Birds – Co-sponsored by Friends of Greenwich Point. Live birds of prey from New Canaan Nature Center. Audubon Greenwich and International Migratory Bird Day. Check out the nesting Purple Martins.  Take a closer look at Bruce Museum bird specimens.
  • June 1: Horseshoe Crabs are coming: Project Limulus Sacred Heart University, Friends of Greenwich Point, Town of Greenwich, Bruce Museum

Grand Opening for Summer 2014
Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Bruce Museum Seaside Center's opening day is held in conjunction with the Greenwich Shellfish Commission's "Experience the Sound" event, featuring many groups from the region that use the Sound in their activities including SoundWaters, Atlantic Clam Farms, Audubon Greenwich, Friends of Greenwich Point, Trout Unlimited and others. 


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

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

During the period from May 1 through October 31, 2014, prior to 7:00 am and after 5:00 pm, only vehicle permits for residents and vehicle fees for visitors will be required, no per person fees will be charged. A park pass or guest card/ticket and a vehicle permit/parking pass is required between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm.


Daily Pass 05-64 yrs $6.00
Daily Child Pass 000-4 yrs FREE (No Pass)
Daily Senior Pass* 65+ yrs FREE
*(Proof of age required)
A maximum of eight of each ticket type per transaction

Daily Parking Pass $25.00
Daily Parking Passes valid at Greenwich Point and Byram only

Daily Park Passes are not available at the Parks or Ferry Dock

Daily Park Pass and Daily Parking must be purchased at either:

Town Hall, Mon.-Fri. 8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m. May-Oct.

Eastern Greenwich Civic Center
90 Harding Road, Old Greenwich, CT 06870
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. every day May-Oct.

Western Greenwich Civic Center
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Sat/Sun and Holidays June-Sept.

Park Pass Information Tel.: 203-861-3169
Only Parking Passes are required before 7:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. No per person Pass

Click here to learn more about the beach pass.


Seaside Center highlights:

Special thanks to Sam Larder "Oceans are Talking" for the use of Recycle.


  • Live-animal marine touch tank and aquaria, seashore dioramas, history of Greenwich Point, helpful naturalists and more!
  • Wednesdays, 2 p.m. Squid dissections. Get a hands-on look at the anatomy of this mollusk!
  • Thursdays, 11 a.m. Guided Nature Walks. Including geologic history of Greenwich Point and coastal explorations
  • Fridays, 1-4 p.m. Arts and Crafts. This summer, make: fish frames, egg carton creatures, sand art, fish prints, critter plates, sailor’s bracelets, shell fossils, and plant seeds!
  • Sundays at low tide. Shoreline seining
  • Scientific Research. Ask how you can help!  Find a horseshoe crab with a white tag? Call it in! (1-888-LIMULUS)
  • Help us collect data for the Long Island Sound biodiversity database.

These activities are open to visitors during Seaside Center hours with no advanced reservations.

  • Children under five must be accompanied by an adult at all times.


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, please contact Peter Linderoth, Manager of Outreach Education, at 203-413-6742 or

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