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Long Profile of The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT

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Established:

The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut officially opened to the public in 1912, and currently receives about 100,000 visitors each year.

The Museum has approximately 15,000 objects in its collection representing the arts and sciences.

History:

The Bruce Museum was established in 1909, when wealthy merchant Robert Moffat Bruce (1822-1909) bequeathed his property to Greenwich as “a natural history, historical, and art museum for the use and benefit of the public."

The Museum officially opened in 1912 featuring art by members of the Cos Cob Art Colony.

In 1992, a thorough renovation of the 139-year old building took place and it reopened in 1993.

In 1998, the Bruce Museum was accredited by the American Association of Museums.

Mission:

The Museum's mission according to their website: " The Bruce Museum promotes the understanding and appreciation of Art and Science to enrich the lives of all people."

Location:

The Bruce Museum is located in Greenwich, Connecticut on a hill that overlooks Greenwich Harbor.

Please refer to the Museum's website for directions.

Museum's Conservation Department:

Art conservation is the practice of preserving and restoring an artwork. Art conservators do detailed research and scientific analysis to explore the best way to conserve an artwork for future generations.

The Bruce Museum does not have an in-house conservation department.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Museum has acquired paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, multimedia compositions, and decorative arts.

Included are artworks by Connecticut artists, most notably artists from the Cos Cob School such as Leonard and Mina Ochtman, George Wharton Edwards, and Hobart Jacobs.

Artworks by well-known artists such as Childe Hassam, William Merritt Chase, John Twachtman and Auguste Rodin.

Noteworthy Facts:

The Bruce Museum's "Seaside Center is a beachside museum located in Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich, about 6 1/2 miles from the main facility in Greenwich. The Seaside Center aims to educate visitors about the ecology of Long Island Sound and environmental issues."

Employment Information:

The Bruce Museum posts job opportunities on the University's website, which may be available in the various departments such as administrative, curatorial, educational, marketing, public relations, and security so be sure to check the listings regularly. It also posts volunteer and intern positions.

How to Apply for a Job:

Please refer to the Museum's guidelines regarding employment, as you can apply online for a job. When a job opening is available, it is typically requested to submit your résumé, with a cover letter to the Museum stating the position which you are applying.

Museum's Contact Info:

The Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT 06830-7157. Tel: 203.869.0376.

The Bruce Museum's website

Museum Hours:

  • Mondays closed
  • Tuesdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Wednesdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Thursdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Fridays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sundays 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Closed Holidays

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