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 that encompass regional to global perspectives. Originally built as a private home in 1853, the house and property were purchased in 1858 by wealthy textile merchant and member of the New York Cotton Exchange, Robert Moffat Bruce, who then deeded them to the Town of Greenwich in 1908, 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 well-known Cos Cob Art Colony. In addition to the main museum in Greenwich, the Bruce Museum runs the Seaside Center, a beachside facility located about six and a half miles away on Greenwich Point. The Seaside Center aims to educate visitors about the ecology. You can visit the Seaside Center’s blog at (fill in link for Seaside Center blog at Greenwich Time here).
The Bruce Museum is located in downtown Greenwich, Connecticut, at One Museum Drive. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm; closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for students up to 22 years, $6 for seniors and free for members and children less than five years. Individual admission is free on Tuesday. Free on-site parking is available and the Museum is accessible to individuals with disabilities. The Bruce Museum Seaside Center is open to the public from June 30 – August 27, 2011, 10 AM – 4 PM. The Seaside Center is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.