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Most museums are open daily except Mondays and major holidays.  Please check each museum's listing for exact hours of operation.
 
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Fairfield County
Bruce Museum - Greenwich, CT
Gateway to Fairfield County offering over twelve changing exhibitions of fine art, photography, ethnology and natural science in park setting near Long Island Sound.   Walking distance to luxury hotel and Greenwich shops and boutiques.
 
Note: Art Pass is NOT valid during weekends of May and October Outdoor Festivals

Greenwich Historical Society/Bush-Holley Historic Site - Cos Cob/Greenwich, CT
Bush-Holley House is the centerpiece of the Greenwich Historical Society's site on Cos Cob Harbor in Greenwich.  A unique presentation provides visitors with two distinct time periods -- the New Nation (1790-1825) and the Cos Cob Art Colony (1890-1920).  Eight evocative, well-documented rooms within the house feature art, furnishings and objects from these two periods, while the historic buildings, landscape and gardens evoke the turn of the twentieth century when Cos Cob became an art colony and cradle of American Impressionism.  The Storehouse museum gallery features changing exhibitions.
Weir Farm National Historic Site - Wilton, CT

Weir Farm National Historic Site was home to three generations of American artists. Julian Alden Weir, a leading figure in American art and the development of American Impressionism, acquired the farm in 1882. After Weir, the artistic legacy was continued by his daughter, painter Dorothy Weir Young and her husband, sculptor Mahonri Young, followed by New England painters Sperry and Doris Andrews. Today, the 60-acre farm, which includes the Weir House, Weir and Young Studios, barns, gardens, and Weir Pond, is one of the nation's finest remaining landscapes of American art. Ranger programs are offered year-round, with Junior Ranger activities available for children. Art supplies are provided free of charge during visitor center hours through the Take Part in Art program. Weir Farm National Historic Site is located in both Wilton & Ridgefield, about 60 miles from New York City and ten minutes from the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.


Center for Contemporary Printmaking - Norwalk, CT
A multimedia studio and gallery located in central Norwalk near South Norwalk, dedicated to the art of the print, including traditional and innovative printmaking, papermaking, book arts, digital processes and related disciplines.  CCP is the only printmaking facility of its kind between NYC and Boston.  It is housed in an historic landmark nineteenth-century carriage house in Mathews Park, near the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion and the Stepping Stones Museum for Children. 
The Housatonic Museum of Art - Bridgeport, CT
The Housatonic Museum of Art has one of the most significant collections of any two-year college in the country and includes works by master artists such as Rodin, Picasso, Matisse, Miro and Chagall. Both art enthusiasts and casual observers have the rare opportunity to engage daily with original works of art and artifacts on continuous display throughout the College and campus grounds. The Museum also presents lectures, programs and changing exhibitions in the Burt Chernow Galleries for students and the community at large, serving as a rich cultural resource for the Greater Bridgeport area.
The Bellarmine Museum of Art - Fairfield, CT
The Bellarmine Museum of Art opened in Fairfield University’s signature Tudor and Gothic style Bellarmine Hall on October 25, 2010. Collections at the Bellarmine include painting, sculpture and decorative art objects, including ten paintings by master Italian Renaissance and Baroque painters gifted to the University by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation via Bridgeport’s Discovery Museum. The Bellarmine Museum of Art also maintains many historic plaster casts of important works from ancient Greece and Rome, including eight donated by the Acropolis Museum in Athens, as well as many non-Western art objects. Currently, the Museum also holds twenty objects on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art/The Cloisters Museum. 

The Bellarmine Museum of Art mounts four temporary exhibitions each year. These shows, which embrace a wide range of subjects and disciplines, are intended to enhance the museum’s permanent collection by examining cultural artifacts from a multitude of viewpoints and perspectives.


Greater New Haven
Yale Center for British Art - New Haven, CT
Presented to the university by Paul Mellon (Class of 1929)‚ the Yale Center for British Art houses the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom, exhibited in a striking building designed by American architect Louis I. Kahn. The collection of paintings‚ sculpture‚ drawings‚ prints‚ rare books‚ and manuscripts reflects the development of British art‚ life‚ and thought from the Elizabethan period onward. The Center offers a year-round schedule of exhibitions and educational programs‚ including films‚ concerts‚ lectures‚ tours‚ and special events. The Yale University Art Gallery, also designed by architect Louis Kahn, is located across the street.
Yale University Art Gallery - New Haven, CT
The Yale University Art Gallery is a fine-arts museum for the community, presenting works of art from ancient times to the present day -- and open year-round free of charge. One of the oldest college art museums in the world, the Gallery was founded in 1832 when artist-patriot John Trumbull gave over one hundred of his paintings to Yale College. Trumbull’s original paintings of the American Revolution are now joined by a collection of objects from around the world. Permanent-collection galleries showcase artworks from twentieth-century Africa, portraits from ancient Greece, Chinese paintings from the Tang dynasty, Renaissance drawings, modernist sculpture and masterworks of American painting and decorative arts, to name a few. The Gallery’s main building, designed by American architect Louis Kahn, is a masterpiece of modern architecture and design. It has recently undergone a comprehensive renovation, which marks the beginning of a complete renovation of all three of the Gallery’s buildings, increasing both exhibition space and teaching facilities. The Gallery is located across Chapel Street from the Yale Center for British Art, designed by Kahn in 1974, and the last of his buildings on which construction was begun during his lifetime.

Litchfield Hills
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum - Ridgefield, CT
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is renowned as a national leader for its pre­sentation of outstanding new art, cultivation of emerging artists, and innovation in museum education.   Bordering Fairfield County, the Museum is ten minutes from The Weir Farm National Historic Site in Wilton.
Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center - Waterbury, CT
The Mattatuck Museum features a dynamic, regional history exhibit designed to engage audiences of all ages with interactive displays, oral histories, historic movie clips, and a Conversations Table ... one of only four in the US.  Art galleries house a permanent collection of work by Connecticut artists from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, including American giants John Trumbull, Erastus Salisbury Field, Frederic Church, John Frederick Kensett, Kay Sage, Arshile Gorky, Yves Tanguy, Peter Poskas, Abe Ajay and Alexander Calder; and changing exhibitions of contemporary artists. First Thursday after-hours events feature music, hors d’oeuvres and wine. The museum is known for engaging its community in an understanding of the past, and providing vision and leadership for the future through its exhibits and collections of national significance that interpret the history of the region and the art of Connecticut.

Mystic Country
Florence Griswold Museum - Old Lyme, CT
Known as the home of American Impressionism with one of the foremost collections of Impressionism in America.  Riverfront gallery includes major works by Childe Hassam, John Henry Twachtman and Willard Metcalf.  Recently renovated boardinghouse surrounded by landscaped gardens was once home of the Lyme Art Colony, where noted names in American Impressionism created some of their best works.
Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich Free Academy Campus - Norwich, CT
Refreshed installations and new exhibitions are made accessible to people with disabilities through the construction of a new Atrium.  The Slater Museum's collection includes fine and decorative art representing 350 years of Norwich history; 20th century Connecticut paintings and sculpture; African art; Asian and Islamic objects; a plaster cast collection of ancient monumental sculpture and Around the World on the Yacht Eleanor: The Slaters' Grand Tour, about the founder's 1894 17-month voyage.  The Converse Art Gallery presents changing temporary exhibitions.



The William Benton Museum of Art, University of CT - Mansfield/Storrs, CT
The state art museum on the University of Connecticut Storrs campus presents a variety of changing exhibitions, drawing on the museum's collections of art from the 15th to 21st centuries and mounting traveling exhibitions and faculty and MFA installations. The Store at the Benton. The Beanery coffee shop.



River Valley
Hill-Stead Museum - Farmington, CT
Hill-Stead is noted for its 1901 33,000-square-foot house filled with art and antiques. Pioneering female architect Theodate Pope Riddle designed the Colonial Revival-style house, set on 152 hilltop acres, to showcase the Impressionist masterpieces amassed by her father, Cleveland iron industrialist Alfred A. Pope. Collections in 19 intact rooms include original furnishings, paintings by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, James M. Whistler and Mary Cassatt, as well as numerous works on paper and Japanese woodblock prints. Stately trees, seasonal gardens, over three miles of stone walls and woodland trails accent the grounds. A centerpiece of the property is the c. 1920 sunken garden designed by landscape architect Beatrix Jones Farrand, today the site of the acclaimed summerlong Sunken Garden Poetry and Music Festival.
New Britain Museum of American Art - New Britain, CT
Acknowledged as the first museum in the world dedicated solely to collecting American art, the NBMAA is renowned for its preeminent collection spanning three centuries.  The award-winning Chase Family Building features 15 spacious galleries that showcase the permanent collection and 15-20 special exhibitions annually.
 
Gems not to be missed include Thomas Hart Benton's mural series "The Arts of Life in America," the 18-foot-long painting "The Cycle of Terror and Tragedy, September 11, 2001" by Graydon Parrish," Lisa Hoke's installation of 20,000 cups, and Dale Chihuly's "Blue and Beyond Blue" spectacular chandelier.
 
Enjoy Cafe on the Park operated by "Best Caterer in Connecticut" Jordan Caterers.  Visit the Museum Shop for unique gifts.  Drop by the "ArtLab" learning gallery with your little ones or sign up for a studio class, concert or tour.  Called "a destination for art lovers everywhere," "first-class," "mixing New York ambience with Yankee ingenuity and all-American beauty," the New Britain Museum of American Art is not to be missed.

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art - Hartford, CT
The sheer quality and range of fine and decorative arts place the Wadsworth Atheneum among the dozen greatest art museums in the United States.  The museum's renowned collections  include Hudson River Valley and Old Master paintings, modernist masterpieces, 19th century French and Impressionist paintings, Meissen and Sevres porcelains, costumes and textiles, American furniture and decorative arts, and the vanguard of contemporary art.
Art Gallery at the University of St. Joseph - West Hartford, CT

The Art Gallery at the University of Saint Joseph, opened in 2001, is located in the Bruyette Athenaeum on the school’s West Hartford campus designed by the famed Olmsted Brothers. The Gallery houses a collection of over 2000 diverse works of art including twentieth century American paintings by Thomas Hart Benton, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Milton Avery; sixteenth century European prints; nineteenth century Japanese woodblock prints; and contemporary American works. With six exhibition galleries and the Turco Print Study Room, the Art Gallery has made the University’s historic collection more accessible to the public. Frequent loan exhibitions feature art outside the scope of the permanent collection.

The University’s founding collections consist of a gift in 1937 which included important American paintings of the 1920s and 30s as well as fine works on paper and a bequest in 1966 featuring a collection of European and American prints spanning six centuries and including works by Albrecht Dürer, George Bellows, and Childe Hassam. The Gallery has continued to grow its collection, which has more than doubled in size since 2002.  Parking is free and conveniently located.


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