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 encompassing regional to global perspectives.
Youth and Family Programs
Bruce Beginnings, Family Days, and more! Come to the Bruce and take part in our exciting new children and family programming!
No advance registration is required and programs are free with Museum admission unless otherwise noted.
Bruce Beginnings Tuesdays, 11:00 to 11:45 am and 1:00 to 1:45 pm Bruce Beginnings programs are designed for children ages 2.5 - 5 and their adult caregivers, who will explore the Museum's collections and exhibitions through picture books and hands-on activities. Topics rotate between art and science. Space for this program is limited; participants must see the Visitor Service desk upon arrival to the Museum.
Bruce Beginnings, Jr. Second Thursdays of each month, 9:45 to 10:45 am This hour long program provides a welcoming and engaging museum experience for toddlers, ages 10-24 months, and their caregivers through hands-on play and exploration. Sessions are inspired by the museum’s collections and exhibits. Space for this program is limited; participants must see the Visitor Service desk upon arrival to the Museum.
Family Gallery Tours Most Sundays 11:30 am to 12:15 pm Designed especially for children ages 6 - 10 and their families. These tours provide an interactive, discussion-based tour of the Museum's current exhibitions.
Science Sunday or Art Adventure Select Sundays, 1:00 to 3:00 pm Drop-in monthly programs designed for children 4 and up and their families to explore simple science and art concepts while partaking in kid-friendly experiments, projects, or crafts inspired by the Museum's exhibitions and collections. Check the calendar for dates.
Family Studio Workshops Select Sundays, 1:00 to 2:30 pm A 1 1/2-hour program for children age 4 and up with their families. Participants will create a work of art inspired by the Museum's collections and exhibitions! This program is $7 per person for members and $15. for non-members, plus the cost of Museum admission. Registration required at brucemuseum.org/site/events.
Afternoons at the Bruce Select school vacation days, 2:00 to 4:30 pm Spend the afternoon off from school discovering, learning and creating! Workshops are designed for grades K-5 and explore the museum’s collections and exhibitions. Members $15, $25 for non-members. Snack included! Advanced registration is required at brucemuseum.org/site/events.
Family Days Select Sundays 1:00 to 4:00 pm Check the calendar for family-oriented afternoons featuring activities, entertainment and fun learning for all ages. Themes vary.
For more information on our new youth and family programming please see the Bruce Museum calendar on our website, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to answer your questions!
Youth and Family Programming at the Bruce Museum is generously supported by GIVE: Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation.
Collect important data for real science discoveries. The Bruce Museum is offering the Connecticut Turtle Atlas Citizen Science project and is looking for participants. No experience necessary. Just a willingness to help out. Great for families.
Tuesday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm