Stamford Museum and Nature Center

39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford, CT 06903 Directions
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Report | 3 months ago
Bought this as a teacher gift.
Report | 7 months ago
Good for kids
Report | 7 months ago
It's a nice small nature area and very kid friendly, we like going there because its not overwhelming for the kids. Lots of things to do even just for a small area they have but kids seems to enjoy every bit of it.
Report | 7 months ago
Great afternoon with my 4 & 6 year old boys! They loved the farm and the amazing playground - we will definitely be back to explore some more.
Report | 9 months ago
Great playground in addition to all the animals..
Report | 10 months ago
Play ground and farm were both great fun for 2 and 4 year old boys.
Report | 10 months ago
The nature trails are nice and we enjoyed our walk. We hope to see more birds, snakes etc in the woods
Report | 10 months ago
A wonderful place to spend hours with children.
Report | 10 months ago
Great day- bring a picnic lunch!
Report | 10 months ago
Just go on a day with nice weather, it's nice to just walk around and see the animals and the museum.
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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 museum galleries and rotating exhibitions, which explore topics in art and pop culture.

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 kids can learn about 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 Cheshire Barn, which was built in 1750 and houses heritage-breed animals, including chickens, pigs, goats, sheep, cows, and llamas. The Stamford Observatory sits west of the farm and offers visitors an opportunity to peer into a 22-inch research telescope (on Friday evenings, weather permitting), to view the night sky. Also explore a new addition to Heckscher Farm, Heckscher WILD!, a space featuring live animals and plants from around the world that provides visitors with the chance to interact through feedings, demonstrations, and special events.

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center offers programs and events for adults as well, including Farm to Table Suppers and the Annual Food and Wine Celebration.

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