Seaside Center

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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.

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Summer Programs

Bruce Museum Seaside Center  

The Seaside Center is a beachside environmental education center 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.

Fred Elser First Sunday Science at the Seaside Center

Year-round. Open on the first Sunday of each month. Free and no reservations are required. Family activities throughout the afternoon and talks by experts in the field.  No pass required. Receive complimentary admission for First Sunday programs May - October by alerting front gate staff that you are coming for the First Sunday Science event. For more information, contact Seaside Center Manager Kate Dzikiewicz,, 203.413.6747.

Rescheduled - Sunday December 1 to Saturday, December 7, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm - Animal Tracks and Signs

Trails in winter tell a story of which wildlife species have been active while we’re not around. Come join Ranger Russ on our trails to tell the story of what happens when we’re not there! Suitable for ages 3 and up. Activities indoor and outdoor. Sponsored by the Greenwich Conservation Commission. 


Sunday January 5, 2:00 – 3:00 PM A New Dawn? Bat Diversity & Habitat Use Post-White-Nose Syndrome

Family activities from 1:30 – 3:30 PM.

Chris Wisniewski is a faculty member in the biology department at Southern Connecticut State University. He will discuss his research into the deadly disease striking North American bats, white-nose syndrome (WNS). WNS has killed upwards of seven million North American bats over the past decade.  This highly invasive fungal disease is present in thirty-three states and continues to spread on a yearly basis.  Regional species extinctions have been forecasted and many once common species are being considered for endangered lists.  New ecological data details that all may not be lost.  Remnant bat communities are persisting in WNS regions and are utilizing a variety of habitat types. 

 Is there a new dawn for bats in the era of WNS?  


Sunday February 2, 2:00 – 3:00 PM March of the Fossil Penguins

Family activities from 1:30 – 3:30 PM.

Penguins have thrived in the southern oceans since the dawn of the Cenozoic Era, more than 60 million years ago. In the past few years, dozens of spectacular new fossils have shed light on the early part of their evolutionary history and revealed a new whole new cast of characters who preceded today's adorable aquatic denizens.

Dr. Daniel Ksepka's talk, “March of the Fossil Penguins”, will examine the fossil record of Earth's most completely aquatic birds. Drawing on his research trips from South America and New Zealand, Dr. Ksepka will explore how avian paleontologists are piecing together how the penguins evolved, how they grew to such enormous sizes, and even the colors of their feathers.


Sunday, March 1, 1:30 – 3:00 pm, Night Sky Landscapes

Seaside Center’s Fred Elser First Sunday Science Series: Night Sky Landscapes. Photographer Stan Honda has been an artist-in-residence at six national parks and has been featured on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day an impressive eight times. In his lecture, he will share images of sweeping landscapes and astronomical phenomena from his long-term project photographing the night sky, and he will discuss how he combines astronomy and photography into artistic statements about how we move through the universe around us. Family activities from 1:30 – 3:30 pm.

Bruce Museum Seaside Center Summer Season 2019:
Sunday, June 23 – Monday, September 2, 2019

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 and 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. 


Click here for directions to the Seaside Center.

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

Current weather report for the Seaside Center


  • 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 Kate Dzikiewcz, Seaside Center Manager, at 203-413-6747 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 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.