Choose Between Two Options
$85 for a family-plus membership (a $175 value). All the benefits of a family membership, plus:
- Free admission to family festivals (instead of half off)
- Exclusive pre-registration for summer camps and classes
- Ten single-use guest passes (a value of up to $10 each)
$50 for a family membership (a $100 value)
- Access to the museum and grounds for two adults of the same household and all their children younger than 18 years old
- Half off discount on admission to family festivals
- Free admission to observatory viewings and Astronomy Nights programs
- Invitations to special exhibition previews
- Discounts in the gift shop and on classes and summer camps
- Subscription to “NEXT,” the museum’s quarterly magazine
Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Stamford Museum & Nature Center has come a long way since its founding in 1936. Over the decades, its sprawling grounds have grown to include areas focused on nature, agriculture, astronomy, art, and history. On a hill lies the Henri Bendel Mansion. This once-private residence echoes classic British manor houses with its lead-framed glass windows, half-timbered walls, and stone gargoyles that speak in cockney accents. Visitors can view the ground's sculptures, before going inside to gaze at the art galleries. Rotating exhibits explore topics in art and pop culture– Two Artists Who Look at the Sky begins February 16 and includes Nightwatch: The Art of Greg Mort and The Prints of Etienne Leopold Trouvelot, and Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats will run mid-summer through Labor Day.
Festivals, such as the Maple Sugar Festival Weekend (March 2–3) and Spring on the Farm Festival Weekend (May 18–19), allow visitors to engage with the property in unique ways and with many family activities.
Back outside, more than 80 acres of nature trails wind through the trees. One such trail leads to Nature's Playground, where kids soar down slides and play in a treehouse. Elsewhere, the accessible Wheels in the Woods trail lets people of all abilities explore the forest.
Crossing over Bendel's Pond brings visitors to Heckscher Farm, where—through the Junior Curator program— kids learn basic animal care. The New England–style farm, which stands next to an otter pond, home to otters Bert and Edie, encompasses structures such as the Maple Sugar House and the Cheshire Barn, which was built in 1750 and houses only heritage-breed animals, including chickens, pigs, cows, and llamas. The Stamford Observatory sits west of the farm and offers visitors an opportunity to peer into a 22-inch research telescope, which uses a built-in computer to hone in on nearly any object in the sky.