Museums display collections of anthropological objects in a more interesting and aesthetically pleasing fashion than a history professor’s garage sale. Explore ancient artifacts away from ancient Tupperware with today’s Groupon to the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get a one-year individual membership (up to a $60 value).
- For $30, you get a one-year family membership (a $65 value).<p>
The Bruce Museum showcases collections of art- and science-related objects displayed in rotating and permanent exhibitions. With a yearlong membership, museum-goers can enjoy free admission, viewing exhibits such as Bijoux: The Origins and Impact of Jewelry, which explores the materials used to make jewelry and the economic and environmental issues associated with the jewelry market (through March 11, 2012). Ten drawings by Rembrandt and nearly 50 other artists in his circle show Dutch finery and his little-known early Archie comic-strip musings in Drawings by Rembrandt, his Students and Circle from the Maida and George Abrams Collection (through January 8, 2012). Divided Light and Color: American Impressionist Landscapes unites two dozen canvases depicting Childe Hassam’s favorite rooftops and John Henry Twachtman’s childhood go-kart track (through January 29, 2012). Upcoming exhibits include Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos and Toys in the Attic, a playful spectacle of 40 large-scale photographs and models assembled by the co-creator of the I Spy children’s books (from January 28, 2012 to April 22, 2012) and the Can You See What I See? series. History buffs can peruse permanent exhibitions exploring the earth’s minerals, humanity’s use of natural resources, and woodland ecosystems.
The Bruce Museum’s members enjoy free admission, admission to outdoor arts and crafts festivals, a 10% discount on museum-store purchases, reduced rates for programs, a monthly e-newsletter, and a particularly warm welcome for any entrants named Bruce. The museum’s location near Greenwich Avenue gives visitors ample dining and shopping opportunities as well as an easy walk to Bruce Park.
In 1858, textile merchant Robert Bruce became the owner of the building that houses the museum named after him, and he ensured he would be the last one. Shortly before his death in 1909 and after a half-century inhabiting the house, he deeded his home to the town of Greenwich, as long as it would become a museum focused on art and science. In 2012, the museum celebrated its centennial year with a special exhibit of recent and promised gifts to the permanent collection.
With a total of 14 art and science exhibitions and more than 15,000 art and science items each year, the Bruce Museum continues to live out Robert Bruce's mission, with a series of permanent and rotating exhibits, as well as a series of lectures and events. Programs offered at the museum include Art Adventures, Family Studio Workshops, and art lectures. A few miles away, at Greenwich Point, its Seaside Center educates visitors about the environment and ecology of Long Island Sound, featuring events such as Science Sundays and animal feedings.
The museum's location near Greenwich Avenue gives visitors ample dining and shopping opportunities as well as an easy walk to Bruce Park.