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Museums in Fairfield, Connecticut range from fine art to circus history

Bruce Museum Entrance Greenwich CT
Bruce Museum

One Museum Drive Greenwich, CT, 06830 Phone: 203-869-0376

Variety of viewpoints from scientific to artistic on display at this eclectic museum

Advance reservation, with timed ticketing, is required. Masks are required, but must not have an exhalation valve or vent.
Explore the world through the lenses of art, science and natural history at the magnificent Bruce Museum. The museum’s vast and growing collections include minerals, fossils, history, art, textiles, science, animals and ethnology. Visitors, through docent-led or self-guided audio tours on their phones, can marvel at dinosaur tracks or mounted extinct species like passenger pigeons or become lost in the paintings of Childe Hassam, the sculpture of Auguste Rodin or the photography of Henri Cartier-Bresson. Decorative arts include French art glass, art pottery and Staffordshire puzzle pipes. There are ladies’ gowns and accessories from the 19th century, crystals and meteorites, shells from around the world and so much more.
Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Stamford Museum & Nature Center

39 Scofieldtown Road Stamford, CT, 06903 Phone: 203-322-1646

Stamford Museum & Nature Center is a place of nature expressed in art and art expressed in nature. The Knoblock Family Farmhouse is an indoor gathering space for the cold months, where children’s programs like What’s For Dinner? and Family Farm Fridays will happen. The Bendel Mansion, built in the 1920s, is now a historic home and gardens that visitors may tour. Heckscher Farm is a 10-acre learning site about rural and farm life. the institution has a nature center and nature trails, an otter pond, an observatory and planetarium, and wheelchair-accessible trails through the woods. Learning opportunities and celebrations take place all year, for all ages.
Hours: Galleries and mansion open year-round, Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Hours for farm sites, nature center, planetarium and observatory vary by season.
Admission: Adults, $12; seniors, $10; students age 18 and older, $8; kids age 4-17, $6.
The Glass House Exterior New Canaan CT
The Glass House

199 Elm Street New Canaan, CT, 06840 Phone: 203-594-9884

Unique architectural treasure in New Canaan

This remarkable showcase for contemporary architecture was the country home and is now a museum of architect Philip Johnson’s work and style. You’ll find 14 unique structures each with their own function. The Glass House is a clear box, without walls, without privacy in fact, not a single house at all. Instead of walking from room to room, Johnson walked from building to building on paths criss-crossing his property. The pavilion was designed for parties and viewing the scenic landscape. Johnson slept and read in the Brick House and studied and worked in the library. The Grainger had air conditioning and the TV. Today the entire 49-acre compound is a National Trust Historic Site. Open May 1 to November 30.
The Barnum Museum

820 Main Street Bridgeport, CT, 06604 Phone: 203-331-1104

Dedicated to the life of circus imnpresario Phineas Taylor Barnum and those who were influenced by his presence in their lives. 1892 building houses exhibits including a miniature circus model, ancient mummy, historic costumes, Tom Thumb carriages. Museum store. Hours: Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: Adults, $8; seniors over age 65 and and children age 4 to 17, $5; students, $5. Information: www.barnum-museum.org.
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Connecticut Audubon Birdcraft Museum & Sanctuary

314 Unquowa Road Fairfield, CT, 06824 Phone: 203-259-0416

Historic museum highlights natural history of the state with dioramas, wildlife exhibits, and dinosaur footprints. Adjacent 6-acre sanctuary with trails.
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The six-acre Birdcraft Sanctuary is open daily, year-round, from dawn to dusk.
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