Curator H.S. Miller of Darien Describes Bruce Museum’s Coming Exhibit: a ‘2D Cabinet of Curiosities’

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Opening on Saturday, Dec. 14, the Bruce Museum’s latest exhibition will feature depictions of sea serpents crushing ships, seven-foot-tall giants, a mummified Porsche, and a menagerie of other oddities sure to pique the interest of any visitor interested in the intersection of art and science. — an announcement from the Bruce Museum

“Collecting Reimagined: A 2D Curiosity Cabinet” is curated by H.S. Miller of Darien, the museum’s Zvi Grunberg Resident Fellow 2019-20, and will be on view in the museum’s Bantle Lecture Gallery through March 24, 2020. Below, Miller answers five questions about the exhibition:

1. What’s the difference between a 3D curiosity cabinet and one that’s 2D?

Great White Shark lecture

Lecture: The Comeback of the Great White Shark in Our Backyard

From 6:30 to 8 p.m., Dr. Tobey Curtis of the National Marine Fisheries Service will speak about “The Comeback of the Great White Shark in Our Backyard” at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich. Historically, great white sharks were rare off the coasts of New England and seldom encountered. However, the recovery of seal populations and changes in fishery management has allowed sharks to rebound. In this lecture, Curtis discusses the history of great white sharks in the northwest Atlantic Ocean, and the discovery of a great white nursery off the southern coast of Long Island. Members and certain students with ID, free (follow the reservations link for details); non-members $15.

The New Bruce expansion and renovation project

Bruce Museum in Greenwich Undergoing $45 Million Expansion, More than Doubling Its Size

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The Bruce Museum in Greenwich has begun a $45 million project to renovate the arts/sciences/children’s museum and more than double its size. When complete, the project will expand the museum from 30,000 to 70,000 square feet, adding state-of-the-art exhibition galleries for art and science, new education spaces for hosting visiting school children, families and community groups, as well as a restaurant, auditorium, and meeting spaces. — This article adapts various announcements from the Bruce Museum along with information from the museum website. Already the largest and most significant arts and sciences museum between New Haven and New York City, this expansion will make it even larger. The museum is free on Tuesdays.

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Furloughed Federal Workers and Their Families Have Free Admission to Bruce Museum During the Shutdown

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The Bruce Museum in Greenwich is offering free admission to all furloughed federal workers and their families throughout the remainder of the partial federal government shutdown. — an announcement from the Bruce Museum

“The Bruce Museum is committed to being an inclusive, welcoming place of cultural engagement and community fellowship,” said Suzanne Lio, managing director. “This is surely a trying time for these federal employees, and we’re pleased to be able to give them the opportunity to enjoy our exhibitions and family programs – and to feel appreciated.”

—See also: Federal Workers Not Getting Wages Now Can Get Help from Darien Town Government (Jan. 17)

To receive free admission, federal employees must bring a government identification card and present it at the Visitor Services desk upon entering the museum. Not Just Furloughed Federal Workers
In addition to this temporary offer to furloughed federal workers, the Bruce Museum is a proud participant in the Blue Star Museums program, offering free admission year-round to all active-duty U.S. military personnel and their families with identification.