Generously sponsored by Bruce Contemporaries.
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.
For First Sunday Science events, the fee is waived.
See more information under Admission below.
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
Daily programs at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm during the summer season.
The Seaside Center is generously supported in part by Bruce Contemporaries. brucecontemporaries.org
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. No reservations required. All ages welcome. For more information, contact Seaside Center Manager Kate Dzikiewicz, firstname.lastname@example.org, 203.413.6747.
Sunday, July 7, 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Sharkwater Extinction
Family activities all afternoon.
Documentary film (1h 28m). “Sharkwater Extinction” (2018) is an inspiring, action-packed journey that follows filmmaker Rob Stewart as he exposes the massive illegal shark fin industry and the political corruption behind it. Today more than 90 countries have banned shark finning or the trade of shark products. Even so, Stewart finds sharks are still being fished to extinction.
Sunday, August 4, 2:00 – 4:00 pm. The Last of the Shark Hunters: How Trophy Fishermen Pushed Science into Action
Family activities all afternoon.
Keith Cowley, Curator of the Living Sharks Museum and shark conservation advocate, will discuss the legacy of legendary shark sportfisherman Captain Frank Mundus. His capture of a massive, 3,427 pound great white shark using only rod and reel was quickly picked up by pop culture, and has been named as one of the inspirations behind the film “Jaws.” This, in turn, inspired other fishermen to imitate his feats, resulting in decades of shark hunting. The result was the decimation of a species, and the scientific community pushed all boundaries to build a case for the “Man-eater” to return it from the brink of extinction. This is the story of their feats.
Bruce Museum Seaside Center Summer Season 2019:
Sunday, June 23 – Monday, September 2, 2019
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
Summer programs for 2019 : Click here for Summer Program
Drop by for ongoing programs at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm all summer, through Labor Day.
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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 Kate Dzikiewcz, Seaside Center Manager, at 203-413-6747 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To make reservations and discuss programming during the school year, please contact Kathleen Holko, Manager of School and Tour Services, email@example.com 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 Science at the Seaside Center programs, alert the front gate personnel that you are attending the program or contact kdzikiewicz@brucemuseumorg for information.
For other admissions, regular Park admission fees apply.
From the Town of Greenwich website, 2018, Greenwich Point Park entry regulations:
Single Entry Park Passes can be obtained:
In person - at the locations and hours of operation listed below
· Eastern Greenwich Civic Center (May1-October 31) - Mon.-Fri., 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
· Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center (May 1-Sept. 15) - Mon.-Fri., 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
· Not available for purchase on weekends or holidays
· Not available for purchase at Town Hall
Click here to learn more about the beach pass for 2019.