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Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT

Take a break to indulge in science, art, and culture at one of Greenwich’s many treasures, the Bruce Museum.

For more than a century, this beloved local mainstay has enamored residents and out-of-towners alike, introducing them to the finer side of the arts and sciences. As a guest at the DELAMAR Greenwich Harbor, you’re just a few [literal] steps from this treasured institution, which overlooks the Greenwich waterfront from a historic hillside perch.

The Bruce Museum: A Greenwich Landmark

The Bruce Museum occupies a home built in the early 1850s for Francis Lister Hawks. The house later came under the ownership of Robert Moffat Bruce, who, in 1908, deeded the building to Greenwich for use as a museum focused on the arts, history, and science. Five years later, the Bruce Museum’s first exhibition spotlighted the works of local artists affiliated with the Greenwich Society of Artists and the Cos Cob Art Colony.

The museum’s permanent collection comprises nearly 15,000 objects: a wide variety of artwork, from paintings and prints to sculptures and photographs, featuring regional, national, and international artists. The ethnological holdings encompass basketry, jewelry, beadwork, blankets, ceremonial pieces, and other artifacts from Native American and Inuit peoples; the “Human Imprints” section of the museum includes a replica of a wigwam of the sort the local Lenape constructed.

From fossils and minerals to taxidermy mounts and dioramas, the Bruce Museum’s science exhibits tell an even further-reaching story, sweeping from Connecticut’s intertidal ecosystems to the origin of the planet itself.

Exhibitions & Events at the Bruce Museum

In addition to these and other permanent displays, the Bruce Museum always hosts intriguing temporary exhibitions.

Those currently on display include “She Sweeps with Many-Colored Brooms”: Paintings and Prints by Emily Mason (through May 23, 2021), showcasing Emily Mason’s earliest experiments in oil on paper and in printmaking. In the decade from 1958 to 1968, she searched for ways to manipulate oil paint in order to produce a variety of effects and gain mastery of her medium, while searching for her unique artistic voice. 

The Bruce Museum also has an intriguing events calendar, hosting several special events throughout the year, including its Outdoor Crafts Festival in May and its Outdoor Arts Festival in October.

Close proximity to the fabulous Bruce Museum is just one of the promises that awaits at the DELAMAR Greenwich Harbor. Explore our neighborhood and enjoy the full selection of arts, science, historic and other offerings that Connecticut has to offer.

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