Bruce Museum Bruce Museum
Greenwich, CT
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Exhibition: Buried Treasures of the Silk Road
02/09/2019 - 06/02/2019 (more information)
Lokapala, Tang Dynasty, 618-906
Sancai glazed pottery, 35½ x 15 x 7 in.
Gift of Fred and Jane Brooks.  Bruce Museum Collection, 2013.15.01 , Photo by Paul Mutino
Lokapala, Tang Dynasty, 618-906
Exhibition: Masterpieces from the Museum of Cartoon Art
01/26/2019 - 04/20/2019 (more information)
Cliff Sterrett.
Polly and Her Pals , May 31, 1936
© King Features Syndicate, Inc. International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.
Exhibition: Pressed for Time: Botanical Collecting as Genteel Pastime or Scientific Pursuit?
12/01/2018 - 03/03/2019 (more information)
Resurrection Fern, Royal State Reservation, FL, 1944
Collected by Paul G. Howes.
Bruce Museum Collection
Resurrection Fern, Royal State Reservation, FL, 1944
A Lister Spray machine, developed around 1880 by Arnold and Sons
Exhibition: The Dawn of Modern Medicine: Selections from the Medical Artifact Collection of M. Donald Blaufox, MD, PhD
11/24/2018 – 04/07/2019 (more information)
A Lister Spray machine, developed around 1880 by Arnold and Sons
From the M. Donald Blaufox Collection. Photo courtesy of the Dittrick Medical History Museum

Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT 06830-7157
Phone: 203.869.0376


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Museum Hours
Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 5 pm. Last admission 4:30 pm
Closed Mondays and major holidays.

Adults $10.00
Students (5-22 w/ valid ID) $8.00
Seniors (65 & up) $8.00
Museum members and
children under 5 Free

  • Free individual admission on Tuesday.
  • Groups of 8 or more require advance reservations.
  • The Bruce Museum is accessible to individuals with disabilities.

From New York City/ Westchester County and points south and west
Take I-95 North to exit 3 . At the bottom of ramp turn right onto Arch Street. Follow Arch Street to intersection of Steamboat Road. Go straight across to Museum Drive. The museum entrance is 500 feet on your left.

From New Haven/Stamford and points east
Take I-95 South to exit 3. Turn left at bottom of the ramp onto Arch Street. Go under thruway bridge to intersection of Steamboat Road. Proceed as above.

Consistently voted the "Best Museum" by area media, the Bruce Museum is a regionally based, world-class institution highlighting art, science and natural history in more than a dozen changing exhibitions annually. The permanent galleries feature the natural sciences encompassing regional to global perspectives.

Our History
The Bruce Museum was originally built as a private home in 1853 for lawyer, clergyman and historian Francis Lister Hawks.

Robert Moffat Bruce (1822-1908), a wealthy textile merchant and member of the New York Cotton Exchange, bought the house and property in 1858. In 1908, Robert Moffat Bruce deeded his property to the Town of Greenwich, stipulating that it be used as “a natural history, historical, and art museum for the use and benefit of the public." The first exhibition ever at the Bruce Museum took place in 1912 and featured works by local artists known as the Greenwich Society of Artists, several of whom were members of the Cos Cob Art Colony.

The Museum served as home base for the Greenwich Society of Artists hosting its Annual Exhibition from 1912 through 1926. The Cos Cob School is now well established as an important part of the history of American painting, and it forms the nucleus of the Museum's holdings of painting, watercolors, sketchbooks, and notebooks by such artists as Leonard and Mina Ochtman, George Wharton Edwards, and Hobart Jacobs.

Over the years, the community, through its generosity, has built the Museum collection to nearly 15,000 objects representing the arts and sciences. Paralleling an interest in Connecticut painters and their paintings, early directors of the Bruce Museum, such as Ray Owens, Paul Howes, and Jack Clark, pursued the development of the natural sciences, building particular strengths in the mineral and avian collections.

In 1992, the Bruce Museum undertook a complete renovation of its 139-year-old building. Reopened in September 1993, the redesigned Bruce is an architectural model of museum quality.

In 1998 the Bruce Museum received accreditation from the American Association of Museums, an honor granted to fewer than 5% of all museums.

Sitting high on a hill overlooking Greenwich Harbor, the Bruce Museum offers a changing array of exhibitions and educational programs that promote the understanding and appreciation of art and science.

The Bruce Museum has been voted the best museum in Fairfield County for the past five years, a recognition of its growing popularity and efforts to consistently address new subjects of remarkable beauty or great interest with new insights, The Bruce plays an integral role in the cultural life of area residents and attracts approximately 100,000 visitors annually, reaching out to families, seniors, students, the handicapped, at-risk children, and community organizations. The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, presents more than a dozen new exhibitions in art and science every year.

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The Bruce Museum promotes the understanding and appreciation of Art and Science to enrich the lives of all people.


Buried Treasures of the Silk Road
February 9, 2019 - June 2, 2019
(more information)

Masterpieces from the Museum of Cartoon Art
January 26, 2019 - April 20, 2019
(more information)

Pressed for Time: Botanical Collecting as Genteel Pastime or Scientific Pursuit?
December 1, 2018 - March 3, 2019
(more information)

The Dawn of Modern Medicine: Selections from the Medical Artifact Collection of M. Donald Blaufox, MD, PhD
November 24, 2018 – April 7, 2019
(more information)


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