Museums

Action Wildlife Foundation, Inc. offers residents of CT, MA and NY the unusual opportunity of observing and learning about animals from North America, Africa, India, New Zealand, Asia and the Artic. As well as viewing wild animals, children can visit the small petting zoo and feed the animals as well as a museum gallery. Action Wildlife Foundation, 337 Torrington Road (Rt. 4), Goshen, CT 06756. For more information, call (860) 482-4465 or visit www.actionwildlife.org

Located on Route 35 in Ridgefield, Connecticut, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is a family-friendly place featuring monthly children’s events and programs in all areas of visual and performing arts, from sculpture lessons to spoken-word poetry slams. The museum’s mission is to promote challenging and progressive artwork. The Aldrich features both established and emerging artists. Recent events have featured performances by Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson, and readings by David Sedaris and Billy Collins. 258 Main St, Ridgefield,CT. (203)438-4519.  Visit www.aldrichart.org.

This famous New York museum explores all aspects of nature from wildlife, to plant life, to life in outer space. The museum features hundreds of rooms with permanent installations, including the new Hayden Planetarium, and changing exhibits. The museum is open from 10:00am to 5:45pm daily. It is located at Central Park West on 79th St. Admission is $13.00 for adults, $7.50 for children ages 2-12, and $10.00 for seniors or students with student ID. For general information and current exhibition schedules call (212) 769-5100 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Visit www.amnh.org

1601 Route 9D, Garrison, NY 10524, (845) 265-3638
Boscobel is situated on a bluff on the east bank of the Hudson River opposite the United States Military Academy at West Point. The house museum and surrounding grounds and gardens are situated on 45 acres. They offer visitors memorable views of the Hudson Highlands and the Hudson River. The house was completed in 1808 for the States Dyckman family and is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the country. It contains one of the nation’s leading collections of furniture and decorative arts from the Federal period, much of it made by premier New York cabinetmakers such as Duncan Phyfe and Michael Allison.  Nearby, visitors can explore the nineteenth century village of Cold Spring with its antique and specialty shops. Check for hours and days before your visit, Boscobel is not a year-round facility.  Visit www.boscobel.org

The Bruce Museum was founded in 1908. The building dates back to 1853 and was originally the private home of Robert Moffat Bruce. Today, its mission is to encourage the appreciation of art and science to enrich peoples’ lives. In 1908, Robert Bruce bequeathed his home to the Town of Greenwich and stipulated that it be used “as a Natural History, Historical and Art Museum, for the use and benefit of the public.” The Bruce Museum is located at One Museum Drive in Greenwich. Also part of the Bruce Museum is the Seaside Center which is a beachside museum located on Greenwich Point. The Seaside Center aims to educate visitors about the ecology of Long Island Sound and environmental issues with a touch tank, coloring area, weekly activities, and weekly guided walks.  For information, call 203.869.0376 or visit www.brucemuseum.org.

Bush-Holley Historic Site, 39 Strickland Road in Cos Cob, features the circa 1730 National Historic Landmark Bush-Holley House, home of Connecticut`s first art colony. Guided tours of Bush-Holley House feature an American Impressionist art collection and historic interiors. The William Hegarty Gallery presents historically and artistically significant exhibits that focus on the art and artists of the Cos Cob art colony, museum collections and aspects of Greenwich history. Open Tues. through Sun.; 12 to 4 p.m. Admission to gallery, visitor center and house museum: $6 seniors, $4 adults and students. Children under six are free. House tours included with admission. Free admission Tuesdays. Take I-95, exit 4. 203-869-6899, x 10, www.hstg.org

caramoorlogo2013149 Girdle Ridge Rd, Katonah, NY 10536, (914) 232-5035
Caramoor is the legacy of Walter and Lucie Rosen, who established the estate and built a great house as its centerpiece, filling it with treasures collected on their travels. The Rosens furnished their mansion with their vast collection of European and Asian art and furnishings.  With its outstanding performances, engaging arts-in-education programming, the extraordinary Rosen House, and beautiful grounds, Caramoor is a cornerstone of the cultural life of Westchester County and beyond. Since 1945 visitors have delighted in the exceptional music – from classical to opera to jazz – and the enchanting garden setting that makes Caramoor such a unique and treasured resource.  Visit www.caramoor.org.

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) is a not-for-profit institution, founded in 1973, to engage children and families in a partnership of learning through interactive exhibits and educational programs. CMOM inspires children and families to learn about themselves and our culturally diverse world through the arts, literacy, media & communications, science & the environment and early childhood education. The Tisch Building, 212 West 83rd Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam, New York, NY 10024. For more information, call (212) 721-1234 or visit www.cmom.org

Dinosaur State Park is one of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America. Beneath their geodesic dome, you will find an exceptional display of early Jurassic fossil tracks that were made 200 million years ago. Surrounding the Exhibit Center are more than two miles of nature trails and the Dinosaur State Park Arboretum. For more information call 860.529.8423 or visit   www.dinosaurstatepark.org. Dinosaur State Park, 400 West Street, Rocky Hill, Connecticut 06067-3506.

 

The Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, CT functions as both a tourist attraction featuring science and space science exhibits and as an informal science education center. Through its exhibits, it enhances public understanding of science and technology by providing fun, instructive experiences that encourage participant interaction. As an informal science education center, it provides an extensive range of educational programs in science and technology.  The Discovery Museum’s 20,000 square foot facility includes changing and permanent interactive exhibit galleries, a 124 seat planetarium, Connecticut’s only Challenger Learning Center, an 80 seat auditorium, and five multi-purpose classrooms where hands-on science classes are conducted for schools, groups and the general public.  Permanent exhibits include Green Energy, Sound, Light and Space Galleries and a simulated Moon Base Discovery play area for very young visitors. The recently upgraded Henry B. duPont III Planetarium offers traditional star shows and fulldome digital planetarium shows daily for both very young children and for ages 8 and up. The Discovery Museum and Planetarium, 4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport CT 06604, 203-372-3521, www.discoverymuseum.org.

 

What child does not thrill at the chug-chug sound of a steam train? At Essex Steam Train – they have tailored their steam train experience for children of all ages. They have two coal-fired locomotives available to pull their collection of lovingly restored railroad cars. You will be swept away by the hiss of steam, the blast of the whistle, and the clickety-clack of the tracks. From the exciting “All Aboard” to the engineer checking the locomotive before the run, they promise an experience of an authentic journey back to the days of steam. For more information call 800.377.3987 or visit www.essexsteamtrain.com.  One Railroad Avenue, P.O. Box 452, Essex, CT 06426

28 Deveau Rd, North Salem, NY 10560, (914) 669-5033
The Japanese Stroll Garden provides a place of natural beauty and tranquility, to delight the senses and refresh the spirit. It is a place where aspects of Eastern and Western culture can be appreciated through art exhibitions, concerts, special events and educational programs in order to promote global awareness and understanding. The museum also supports the efforts of artists and performers in the Greater New York Metropolitan Region. Visit www.hammondmuseum.org.

There’s always something new at the historic sites of Historic Hudson Valley.  In spring, lambs are born on the farm at Philipsburg Manor and wisteria blossoms cover the façade of Kykuit. Summer brings opportunities to kayak on the river or play 19th-century baseball at festivals like River Day and Independence Day 1856. The Headless Horseman, ghosts, pirates, and other scary characters from Hudson Valley folklore make appearances around Halloween. Winter is the time to explore the sites by candlelight and enjoy a warm cup of cider by the bonfire. You will want to come back to the sites again and again, and bring friends and family to celebrate the changing seasons at Historic Hudson Valley. Of course, Historic Hudson Valley’s sites are wonderful places to just unwind. You can read a book, picnic, stroll in a garden, hike a woodland trail, bird watch, sketch, visit the farm animals, play traditional children`s games, and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the Hudson Valley. www.hudsonvalley.org

Four beautiful garden sites and the historic home of the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, John Jay. Pleasant walking environment and interesting house museum. Childrens’ programs are run throughout the year, call for a current schedule. 400 Route 22/Jay Street, Katonah, 914.232.5651. For more information, visit www.nysparks.com or www.johnjayhomestead.org.

 

The Katonah Museum is a non-collecting institution dedicated to encouraging the enjoyment, appreciation, and study of the visual arts by visitors of all ages. 2004 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Museum, which each year presents a series of changing exhibitions that span a wide range of cultures, media, historical periods and social issues. The Museum offers lectures and symposia by noted artists and scholars; tours of private collections, special exhibitions, and regional museums; children and family workshops and community festivals; free summer jazz concerts; and volunteer opportunities. The Museum also offers children’s art classes and features a drop-in center for kids to create their own art! Located off of Route 22 in Katonah, NY. Call 914.232.9555 or visit www.katonahmuseum.org.