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Featured Events & Programs


Hard Cider Tasting & Apple Cidering Night

Thursday, September 28
6 – 8 pm

Enjoy an evening celebrating the apple. Sample hard ciders from in and around the state of Connecticut, complemented by food pairings and apple products like apple pie.

Attendees will also get the chance to make their own fresh cider in our Cidery.

Adults 21+ only.


Fall Family Fest Sundays

Sundays, October 15, 22 & 29
10 am – 2 pm

We’re celebrating New England's most colorful season by bundling all the fun and games of a festival into a single admission price, three Sundays this Fall! 

We’ll open our site at 10:00 am with extra attractions, enhanced programming, and fun seasonal offerings for the whole family at an all-inclusive rate until 2:00 pm. Each Sunday will feature programs and activities for families and kids of all ages, including traditional favorites and exciting new additions!

Preregistration is strongly encouraged.


SM&NC Sunday
Farm Market

Sundays thru November 5
10 am – 2 pm

The SM&NC Sunday Farm Market is back and better than ever — and as always, admission to come shop is free! Join us each and every Sunday this summer, and pick up some great products and produce to support local agriculture.

Our favorite vendors have returned along with some new friends. Our Heckscher Farm tent carries our made-on-site maple syrup and wool products, in addition to a carefully curated selection of goods from local farms and businesses, including Arethusa products and more.

Admission to the market is free – no tickets or Membership required, come shop local!


Rachel Sard: Insofar

September 22, 2023 through January 28, 2024

Rachel Sard: Insofar is a celebration of texture, luminosity, and transparency through painting. Rachel is fascinated by the slight imperfections and subtle tonal shifts in often overlooked objects. The subjects of Rachel’s work – a pile of stones, discarded onion peels, a mass of oyster shells – become vessels through which she can explore the optical qualities of paint, taking the slightest nuances of light to the furthest possible visible moment. In Insofar – her first museum exhibition - Rachel exposes the peculiar attributes of familiar subjects, such as the plum shades of a smooth pebble or the pocked surface of a rippled clam shell.

Rachel’s works are exhaustively detailed studies that feature densely packed subject matter bursting toward the edge of the canvas, pushing realism precariously close to abstraction. Her paintings encourage viewers to look closely and deliberately, revealing the artist’s subtle but purposeful brushstrokes. Rachel’s creative process is an exercise in stamina and precision, as she can take months to complete one painting, revisiting each canvas over time to make meticulous changes to her compositions.

Many of the works in Insofar were inspired by objects Rachel selected from the Stamford Museum’s natural history collection. Insofar will include many of the objects that served as her source material, exhibited alongside Rachel’s paintings to create a unique visual dialogue between the artist, her process, and her inspiration.


Phase II: Planetarium & Astronomy Center Groundbreaking

On the morning of May 23, 2023, the Stamford Museum & Nature Center officially broke ground on the Phase II Planetarium & Astronomy Center. 

The 11,000-square-foot facility will reinvigorate a core pillar of the SM&NC’s Mission and bring our organization’s Planetarium and Observatory programs under the same roof for the first time in our 87-year history. Astronomy programming has long been a Mission signature ever since our first astronomy classes were held in 1941. They continue to this day, and will abound in the years to come.

Upcoming Programs & Events

Sep 24

Daily Otter Feeding

September 24 @ 1:00 pm

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Sep 25

Sculpture Trail Scavenger Hunt

September 25 @ 9:00 am

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Sep 25

Daily Otter Feeding

September 25 @ 1:00 pm

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Sep 26

Sculpture Trail Scavenger Hunt

September 26 @ 9:00 am

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