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Bloomberg Connects


Access our latest curatorial content, including exhibitions and our Permanent Collection, right on your phone. Enjoy a new way to connect with us and hundreds of other museums and institutions nationwide through the Bloomberg Connects app.

Use our mobile guide to explore our galleries, hear exclusive audio commentary by our Curatorial team, discover previously unseen and select featured items from among the 20,000 cultural objects, artifacts, and works of art in our permanent collection.


After School: Kids, Lambs & Ducklings

Tuesdays, May 21 — June 4
Wednesdays, May 22 — June 5
Thursdays, May 23 — June 6

3:45 — 5 pm  |  Ages 5 — 9

Join us for a three-week farm after-school adventure spent up close with our newest arrivals on the farm.

Go in-pasture with our lambs and goat kids, learn how wool becomes yarn, and explore!


Animals for All

Sessions, Dates & Times vary
Ongoing Program

These free programs designed for neurodivergent participants who may benefit from non-traditional program formats.

Sessions include Open Farm Evenings, Caring for Critters and Caring for Exotic Critters.

Animals for All is made possible through grant funding from the Abilis Community Foundation, the Dorr Foundation, and the New Canaan Community Foundation.


Pat Musick: Our Fragile Home

On view through May 27, 2024
in our Bendel Mansion Museum Galleries

Pat Musick: Our Fragile Home was inspired by the words astronauts have used universally upon viewing Earth from space for the first time: Fragile, Protect, Beauty, Steward, Sustain, Harmony, Nurture. In different languages and across many boundaries, their words were all the same. Through paint, sculpture, and mixed media, Pat Musick conveys the fragility of our planet, and its natural and eternal beauty.

Our Fragile Home exhibits Musick’s most astonishing work: the large-scale Ra made from branches of a fallen tree, polished and repurposed; the series The Instant of It All, which portrays trees as a metaphor for the impermanence of life; and Epilogue 6, a feat of engineering in steel and stone that represents renewal and rebirth.

Pat Musick’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and has over 50 permanent installations in public spaces. Musick was married to Marine Corps Colonel Gerald P. (Jerry) Carr, one of 19 Group 5 astronauts selected by NASA in 1966. He was Commander of the Skylab 4 84-day mission. Their life is the subject of the documentary The Artist & The Astronaut which had its Connecticut premiere at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center in May 2023 and will be shown again as a Nights Out program on March 8, 2024.


Phase II: Planetarium & Astronomy Center Underway

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

May 27

Daily Otter Feeding

May 27 @ 1:00 pm

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May 28

Daily Otter Feeding

May 28 @ 1:00 pm

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May 29

Daily Otter Feeding

May 29 @ 1:00 pm

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