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

Learn more about daily programs at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm here.

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 Cynthia Ehlinger at

Special Event: June 25 Experience the Sound

Presented by the Greenwich Shellfish Comission in conjunction with the Seaside Center Grand Opening

July 2: Exploring the LI Sound From The Bottom
Captain Dennis Habza of will give a video presentation on his expeditions to local shipwrecks, their history, and his underwater adventures. He also will talk about local marine life and the importance of marine environmental awareness. Fun, family activities and marine tank all afternoon. 

August 6: All About Algae.
Dr. Craig Schneider, Trinity College, will talk about deep water algae from Bermuda collected by submersible and rebreather diving, and will show some underwater movies as part of the talk. Simona Augyte, PhD candidate, will discuss local seaweeds and help with IDs. Algae are photosynthetic organisms that come in many sizes and colors, produce more than 71% of the Earth's oxygen, and are used in hundreds of products. Learn why you should know more about them. Make your own seaweed pressing

September 3: Vermicomposting
Greenwich Conservation Commission and Greenwich Community Gardens will introduce participants to composting with earthworms. Hands-on activities and demonstrations on how to set up a worm bin, which helps turn kitchen scraps into a valuable soil amendment. Learn about earthworm biology and how to care for their habitat. Activities for the entire family. Free vermicompost bins available while supplies last. One per family, Greenwich residents only.

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


Special daily programs at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm, Click for details.

Tuesday: Coastal Scavenger Hunt and Naturalist's Walk on the Wild Side
Wednesday:  Environmental Action for Kids and Shoreline Seining at Low Tide
Thursday: Animal Feeding and Coastal Critters
Friday: Arts and Crafts- Let your creativity float free. Activitiesvary weekly
Saturday: Sound Science and Naturalist's Choice (Changing topics)

Sunday: Animal Feeding and Shoreline Seining and Plankton Tow 

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: 

Single Entry Park Passes: 

Provides access for individuals to Greenwich Point, Byram Park, Island Beach and Great Captain Island and expire at the end of each season. 
NO refunds will be granted including those for weather related issues 

Single Entry Park Passes can be obtained: 

Online - for those who validated their Greenwich residency  for the year click HERE.
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 2017.