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.
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.
Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm
Last admission 4:30 pm
Closed Mondays and major holidays:
New Years Day
Early closing at 3 p.m. on the day before Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve
Open on Mondays for:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Students (5-22 w/ valid ID) $6.00
Seniors (65 & up) $6.00
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.
Click on the link above and title of the exhibition or program to open a PDF copy of the Educator’s Guide.
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School Group Programs
Museum-Based School Programs
Consider the Bruce Museum an annex to your classroom. Our collections and inquiry-based STEAM programs are the perfect way to complement and enrich your day-to-day practice. The hands –on interaction of “touching” objects and “exploring” collections can enhance a child’s understanding of scientific phenomena and artistic creation while also allowing them to make important connections between the sciences and humanities. Our workshops are thematic and designed to give children maximum exposure to both scientific and artistic concepts and processes.
Museum-based programs are available for school and after-school groups. To learn how to schedule a visit, click here.
For more information about Museum-Based Programs please contact Kathleen D’Aquila, Manager of School and Tour Services, email@example.com or (203) 413-6741.
Woodland Indian Life (PreK – 6th grade)
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in Connecticut or New York when only the Native Americans lived here? What did the land look like? How did people eat, sleep and survive? Travel back in time with us to explore the natural environment of our region over 600 years ago. Students will explore: natural history, ecology, Native culture and early engineering.
Animal Adaptations (PreK – 5th grade)
Animals are amazing! They have evolved over time to use their covering, color and physical structure to adapt, camouflage, survive, and escape danger. Through a study of animal pelts and animal mounts, students will explore the different ways that vertebrates (mammals, reptiles, fish and birds) use their adaptations to survive in various environments. The workshop also introduces students to the concepts of patterns and classification.
I Am an Archaeologist (2nd – 5th grade)
How do archaeologists work? What kinds of artifacts do they collect and why? How do they interpret artifacts? Students take part in an archeological “dig” of a Woodland Indian site and use critical thinking and communication skills as they work in teams, recording and interpreting artifacts. This program complements “Woodland Indian Life.” A discount is offered when both are requested for the same school group.
Coastal Ecology (PreK – middle school)
The Long Island Sound is home to numerous remarkable creatures. This marine ecosystem right outside our door teaches us not only about natural history and biology, but also aquatic ecology and invertebrate structure and function. Dive into a comparative study of the invertebrates that populate the Sound by exploring our marine tank. The workshop also increases student familiarity with categorization, animal classification, and interdependence through the study of food chains and webs.
Mineral Marvels (3rd – 5th grade)
What is a mineral? Where are they found and what can we learn from them? Our expansive collection of minerals and rocks invites children into a deep exploration of these important abiotic members of our environment. Students will utilize the scientific process to examine properties of minerals and how they are classified.
Butterflies (PreK – 2nd grade)
Who hasn’t stopped to watch butterflies fly by? These beautiful creatures are a wonderful way to explore insect structure and function. In this workshop, we use games and art to invite students into the world of butterflies, examining their body structure, life cycle, and symmetrical decorative patterns.
A tour or interactive art program may be developed to focus on any of the Museum’s changing exhibitions. All Museum-based programs feature inquiry-based learning, hands-on activities, and connections to school curricula. All programs are 60 minutes in length.
September 28, 2013 to January 26, 2014
Closer: The Graphic Art of Chuck Close
With a body of work composed almost entirely of portraits, Chuck Close has been investigating the mechanics of vision for more than four decades. The fluidity of his approach, and the intensity of his engagement with each of his print forays makes Close an exemplary figure of the post-war New York art world. Organized with the participation of the artist himself and supplemented with loans from local collectors and Bruce Museum supporters, Closer: The Graphic Art of Chuck Close will present the finest and most intriguing examples of this great modern master’s oeuvre.
November 2, 2013 to March 23, 2014
Oysters, Pearls of Long Island Sound
Found in estuaries around the world, oysters are a favored delicacy for humans and play a valuable role in ecosystems and economies. These unassuming mollusks have sustained Native Americans, cleaned polluted harbors, provided critical habitat, and created waterside cultures. The exhibition will feature hands-on interactive displays, videos, and historical objects that appeal to all ages.
December 14, 2013 to March 9, 2014
Inside the Artist’s Studio: Small-scale Views
This exhibition celebrates a three-decade long Bruce Museum holiday tradition of exhibiting “small scale” constructions, with a focus on artists looking at artists. Exhibited are Richard Haas (b. 1939), Joe Fig (b. 1968), and Lori Nix’s (b. 1969) own individual investigations and analyses of the creative process in three-dimensional miniature constructions as well as in painting, printmaking, and photography.
January 25, 2014 to April 13, 2014
In the Dark: Animal Survival Strategies
In this immersive, entertaining, and family-friendly exhibition, people of all ages will discover how animals adapt to living in the dark. The show features natural dioramas of caves, deep soil, nighttime forest and desert, along with mechanical, electronic and digital interactives. This exhibition is organized by the Cincinnati Museum Center.
February 1, 2014 to June 1, 2014
Ed Clark: American Photojournalist
Ed Clark (1911-2000) was the quintessential American news photographer who covered the personalities and events that shaped the Golden Age of print media. Lauded during his lifetime for the telling details and emotional drama of his imagery, this exhibition revisits the life and work of this legendary cameraman.
March 22, 2014 to June 21, 2014
Pasture to Pond: Connecticut Impressionism
At the turn of the twentieth century there was a concentration of artists working in Connecticut in the newly imported style of the French Impressionists. These artists, who came of age in a rapidly industrializing world, sought a more intimate, bucolic and orderly landscape. This exhibition speaks to the quality and beauty of this perennially popular art.
April 5, 2014 to November 2, 2014
Extreme Habitats: Into the Deep Sea
The exhibition explores the vast and extraordinary deep sea habitats by examining both the highly adapted survival strategies utilized by creatures of the deep and the technology that enables researchers to record ground-breaking observations.
Brucemobile - Outreach Program
The Brucemobile is an educational outreach program that travels to classrooms, like a field trip in reverse! Programs are available during and after school. Brucemobile Programs are:
- Developmentally appropriate
All Brucemobile Programs feature Museum objects. Programs are offered to schools within a 25-mile radius of the Museum. To learn how to schedule a visit, click here.
For more information on the following Brucemobile Programs, please see ourActivities and Lesson Plans. There you will find background information, curriculum connections, classroom activities, and further resources for each of these programs. For further questions about Brucemobile programs, please contact Peter Linderoth, Manager of Outreach Education, firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-413-6742.
School Programs for Pre-K through 5th grade:
Pre-school Programs are 30 minutes. Class size is limited to:
- 15 children for 3 year olds
- 20 children for 4 year olds
Kindergarten through 5th-grade Programs are 1 hour.
- Class size is limited to 25 students.
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|Crusty Crabs/ Coastal Ecology||X||X||X|
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|Animals in My Backyard/ Animal Adaptations||X||X|
Woodland Indian Life
Native American artifacts and reproductions are used to help recreate the life of a Woodland Indian family before colonial contact.
Crusty Crabs/ Coastal Ecology
Through careful, hands-on observation of live crabs and other small seashore animals, children learn about the structure and characteristics of crabs and other crustaceans, and their place in the seashore community and the food web.
Shapes and Patterns
Children will define 5 basic shapes, find shapes in natural objects from museum collections, and create patterns and symmetry. Pattern activity included
Animals in my Backyard/ Animal Adaptations
Different body coverings, colors and physical structures help vertebrates adapt to their environment, find food and escape from predators. Students learn these concepts while handling fur pelts and mounted mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish.
Students explore symmetry in nature while learning about the structure of butterflies and insects. The life cycle, adaptations, habitats, and camouflage patterns of butterflies and insects are also introduced. Museum specimens and photographs create a visually comprehensive classroom experience
Fossilized dinosaur bones, teeth, footprints, and other parts are used by students to reconstruct the size, food preferences, and movement of these ‘terrible lizards’. Comparison is made between dinosaurs and modern animals. Through observation and comparison, students become paleontologists, conducting their own fossil dig.
Students investigate the properties of a desert ecosystem and discuss special adaptations of the animals and plants that inhabit these areas. Experimentation and handling Museum specimens provide hands-on activities for the students
This program allows students to observe demonstrations of the geologic processes that cause the rock cycle, and even become a part of the rock cycle themselves! Rock samples, demonstrations of Pangaea and plate tectonics, and interactive activities encourage students to use their hands and minds to explore earth’s dynamic processes. As their final element of detective work, students will act as geologists working in teams to deduce where their rock came from in the earth, how it formed, and what type of rock it is.
Students will identify the location and purpose of major bones in humans and animals and develop related vocabulary. Through discussion, demonstration and hands-on activities, students will distinguish between endoskeletons and exoskeletons and describe the functions of a skeleton. Students will dissect owl pellets to uncover and identify rodent bones.
Middle School and High School
Classroom Programs are one hour in length.
Award-winning, traveling exhibition presented by instructors from the Archaeological Associates of Greenwich (AAG) enables students to handle authentic prehistoric tools while learning about the progress of humankind from 4 million to 5,000 years ago. Slides and artifacts stress ancient peoples’ adaptations to their changing environment. Slide projector and world map required.
Instructors from the Archaeological Associates of Greenwich (AAG) offer stories behind the fabled pyramids, kings and queens of ancient Egypt’s Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms. Sites and artifacts are shown with emphasis on the life of young people. Adaptation to the harsh desert environment is stressed. Assembly Programs are one hour in length, and can accommodate up to a full auditorium. Fee: $195 per program. Slide projector required Note: Subjects can be customized to fit curriculum needs.
After-School Brucemobile Series
Students will be led through hands-on and conceptual lesson plans by an experienced Bruce Museum Instructor. Afterschool Series incorporate more activities and crafts than traditional classroom programs, as is appropriate to the afterschool setting. After-School Brucemobile Programs are available in a series of 4, 6, or 8 sessions.
Habitats: the World Around Us (Grades 2-5) Habitats: The World Around Us introduces students to the earth’s diverse habitats. They will compare and contrast the regional Long Island Sound and Woodland habitats, examining how animals and humans live and survive in these environments as well as exploring the consequences of acts of nature and humans on these ecosystems. Students will have the opportunity to model life in the intertidal zone, simulate the impacts and clean up efforts of an oil spill, perform skits of animal’s behaviors in all seasons, and act as archaeologists to examine Native American artifacts. In culmination of their work, each student will create a snow globe diorama of his or her favorite habitat, incorporating the themes discussed throughout the program.
Artist’s Workshop (Grades 2-5)
The Artist’s Workshop exposes students to a wide range of artistic styles and techniques. Each of the sessions is directly related to exhibitions currently or previously on view at the Bruce Museum (sessions are subject to change based on the Museum’s exhibition schedule). Students will have the opportunity to closely examine reproductions of famous works of art, learn about different artistic styles and historical periods, and experiment with relevant artistic techniques.
Nature Adventure Series (Grades K-5)
The Nature Adventure Series offers an exciting series of programs with a central focus of exploring the many concepts of the natural world! This series covers the broadest range of topics of our afterschool selections. Children will step into the shoes of a paleontologist and study dinosaurs; get hands-on experiences with live animals from the Long Island Sound; discover the different skeletal structures animals have adapted; learn about local bird species and what they eat through an always popular owl pellet dissection; and many more fascinating sessions. This series can be tailored to the center’s needs.
For more information on Brucemobile Outreach Programs, please contact Peter Linderoth, Manager of Outreach Education, at 203-413-6742, or email@example.com. To make a reservation for a Brucemobile Outreach Program, please contact Julia Harrington, Museum Educator and Reservations Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-413-6744 or click on How to Schedule.
The Bruce Museum regards teachers as a valuable resource for our program development. The Museum’s Education staff strives to provide teachers with quality programs and resource materials. We also look to teachers to enrich and improve our programs through feedback and evaluations.
Free programs that include special tours of new exhibitions, along with presentations of school programs and teacher materials
Trains students to present gallery talks to their peers
Download materials to use in your classroom
Help the Bruce Museum better serve teachers and students
The Bruce Museum offers many opportunities to get teens involved. The Bruce Museum’s Youth Committee, Youth@Bruce, and the Junior Educator Program give teens a chance to get on-the-job experience in a wide variety of fields.
Junior Educator Program
The Junior Educator Program is a paid after-school program for students entering grades 9 through 12 with a strong interest in science, art, or careers in museums. Junior Educators teach inquiry-based and hands-on afterschool art and science programs at the Bruce Museum for visiting student groups. Participating students have exciting opportunities to:
- Delve into art and science at the Bruce Museum
- Develop and hone their teaching and classroom management skills
- Get career guidance from museum professionals
- Visit museums throughout the Connecticut and New York region
Junior Educators are required to attend all training sessions at the Bruce Museum on selected Monday afternoons during the school year from 3:45-4:45pm. For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Julia Harrington, Museum Educator/Reservations Manager, at email@example.com or (203) 413-6744.
The Bruce Museum Youth Committee is a student-based volunteer group designed to empower area high school students to become active volunteers at the Bruce Museum. Its mission is to elevate the volunteer experience for dedicated high school volunteers by engaging them in learning and managing opportunities that provide the teens with job skills and a visible role in the Bruce Museum. To learn more about our program, visit our website:http://youthbruce.com.
Also visit http://tedxyouthbruce.com for more information on Youth@Bruce TEDx events.
If you would like to join Youth@Bruce, click here to apply online.
For more information regarding volunteer opportunities specifically for youth, contact Mary Ann Lendenmann, Volunteer Program Manager, Phone: 203-413-6746; or by firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth volunteers from the New York School for the Deaf and Youth Committee volunteers collaborated to produce videos in American Sign Language interpreting the museum’s permanent science exhibits. Bruce Museum ASL Project videos are produced by youth volunteers from the New York School for the Deaf and Greenwich High School.
2014 – 2015 Zvi Grunberg Resident Internship at the Bruce Museum
Internship position, 35 hours per week, 34 weeks maximum
The Bruce Museum promotes the understanding and appreciation of Art and Science to enrich the lives of all people. The Museum is located in Greenwich, Connecticut, 40 miles east of New York City, just off I-95 and steps away from Metro-North Railroad’s Greenwich station. The Museum features the long-term environmental history exhibition Changes In Our Land, as well as four galleries showcasing fine and decorative arts, costumes, science and ethnology exhibits. The museum holds a permanent collection of natural history, Native American, and archaeological objects, and a growing collection of art of the 19th and 20th centuries.
The internship provides an opportunity to learn about the operation of museums and to gain professional experience. These internships are offered annually through the Education Department.
Internship terms are 34 weeks, mid-September to mid-May, with a stipend of $15,550 with benefits. This is a full-time temporary position, 35 hours per week, for a maximum of 34 weeks. Includes paid: five days vacation, three standard holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day) and four floating holidays, four sick days, and one personal day.
Intern will work with program directors on a variety of projects related to the Museum’s exhibitions and programs.
Interns will be treated as staff members and will assist staff members with routine work as well as special projects.
The intern’s educational background, interests, work experience, and museum department needs with the final goal of implementing and completing a specific project will determine specific duties.
Terms are full-time, 35 hours per week, with two or three segments. Each segment of the internship will focus on one aspect of the museum: education, collections management, curatorial (either arts or sciences), exhibition design, public relations, development, and/or administration.
Segment assignments are determined by the Museum’s Executive Director and professional staff.
Eligibility The internship is open to applicants who have completed at least an undergraduate degree by the beginning of the internship. Candidates with training in science, education, art history, fine arts, as well as other fields including business, communications, law, and other areas of the humanities that may be useful to the museum, are eligible. Familiarity with office procedures, computer skills are necessary. For information contact the Director of Education, 203-413-6740 Or email email@example.com Application Procedures The following items are to be included in the application (incomplete applications cannot be considered).
- A personal statement indicating how this internship fits in with your preparation, experience, and goals. Essay should not exceed 500 words, or two double-space typed pages.
- A resume or curriculum vitae with phone and email contacts listed.
- Two letters of recommendation, one should be from Department Chair or Academic Advisor if possible. Letters should be sent directly by recommenders.
- Undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all colleges, universities, and professional schools previously attended.
Selection The Intern Selection Committee of the Education Committee will review applications. A small group of applicants will be invited for final interviews. All applicants will be notified of the Committee’s decision by Memorial Day weekend. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:
The 2013-2014 post has been filled. Applications for the 2014-2015 Zvi Grunberg Resident Internship will be accepted beginning in January of 2014. The final application deadline is APRIL 11, 2014.
Submit all material to: Zvi Grunberg Resident Internship Program Bruce Museum 1 Museum Drive Greenwich, CT 06830-7157
Bruce Museum Career Internships Internship position, Schedule varies Requirements Career Internships are available for college and university students, are unpaid and are usually taken for credit. Non-credit applications are accepted for those wanting to gain experience. Application deadlines: Applications for the Fall Semester (September-December) are due by August 1. Applications for the Spring Semester (January-May) are due by December 1. Applications for Summer posts are accepted beginning in January of each year and are due by April 1. Students applying to the Bruce Museum should submit the following information:
- Career Internship application. (Click on link for PDF form.)
- Letter indicating how this internship at the Bruce Museum fits in with the student’s preparation, experience and goals and the college department granting the credit.
- A letter of recommendation from a faculty member who will act as the student’s sponsor. This should be sent directly by the faculty member. The sponsor acts as the administrator/facilitator any for college/university procedures required for the student to earn credit.
Students will be contacted in advance of the commencement of their academic term. The number of individuals who will be able to participate during any one term will be limited.
Guidelines for Student Interns
The Museum suggests 120 hours of time per semester. However, this will vary according to the college requirements of each intern and the number of credit hours the college will allow the intern to earn.
Each student will be assigned to a Museum staff member whose expertise corresponds to the special interest indicated in the student’s letter and application. Activities designed for college credit will be an accurate reflection of the normal daily work of the museum professional in the student’s area of special interest.
At the end of the internship period, a Museum Intern Evaluation form will be completed by the staff supervisor(s). A copy of this evaluation will remain on file at the Museum and a copy will be forwarded to you and/or your faculty sponsor. If the student’s college has similar forms or requests a report from the museum staff, the student must supply the appropriate forms or information well before the end of the internship period.
An Exit Interview form will be completed by the intern in order to evaluate the internship experience, and submitted to the Director of Education. This form is kept on file at the Museum.
No student will be paid for any work performed for college credit, and the Museum is not in the position to offer employment to interns upon completion of the academic term. Housing will not be available.
The areas of internship programs available at the Bruce Museum are (click to open):
Museum Administration/Development – available in the following departments:
Curatorial – available in the following areas:
Complete descriptions further details are available from the Education Department. Please contact the Director of Education: (203) 413-6740 firstname.lastname@example.org
Museum Education Intern
Internship position, Available during the academic year September – June
Applications for the Sept – December semester are due by August 1st. Applications for the Januray – April semester are due by December 1st. A summer postion may be available, please contact the Director of Education for information.
The Bruce Museum Education Internship program is designed for university or college students seeking to gain hands-on experience in a museum education setting. This internship is available during the academic year, September – June. A minimum of 120 hours is required and compensation is $9.00 per hour to a maximum of 150 hours per semester. The exact details of the schedule will be worked out with the individual as the internship begins.
This internship will focus on museum education in an art and science museum. The intern will be working primarily with the Manager of School Services and the Manager of Outreach Education on a variety of projects related to the Museum’s education programs. The intern will experience all aspects of museum education including: teaching from the object, working with a variety of age groups, developing and conducting classes at the Museum and through the Museum’s outreach program – the Brucemobile.
Specific duties include: preparing materials for classes; interacting with visitors and groups through educational and instructional activities and tours; and developing curriculum and educational programs for various exhibitions.
Experience in the following areas is preferred: museum education experience; experience supervising children; teaching experience; good written communication skills; public speaking skills; background in educational theory and practice; computer skills, word-processing; and basic office skills.
The Bruce Museum is a small institution and all staff members, as well as interns, are often called on to do any number of things such as assisting with public programs, basic office work, mailings, etc.
The internship will provide an introduction to standard museum practice and provide a hands-on experience in museum work. At the end of the internship period, the staff supervisor(s) will complete a Museum Intern Evaluation form. A copy of this evaluation will remain on file in the museum and copy will be forwarded to the intern and/or the faculty advisor. If the intern is seeking college credit and the college has similar forms or requests a report from the museum staff, the appropriate forms or information must be supplied well before the end of the internship period. Finally, the intern will complete an Exit Interview form evaluating the intern’s experience, which is to be submitted to the Director of Education and kept on file at the museum.
Application Deadlines: Fall semester – August 1st. Spring/Winter semester – December 1st. Education Internships are available only during the academic year, September – June, however a summer position may be available, contact Director of Education for more information.
Please include application form (click on link), current resume, and letter of interest.
Send to: Bruce Museum Museum Education Internship 1 Museum Drive Greenwich, Connecticut 06830-7100 Or email: email@example.com
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