Entrances

Main/Museum Entrance

39 Scofieldtown Road
Stamford, CT 06903

Farmhouse Entrance

151 Scofieldtown Road
Stamford, CT 06903
(1/4 mile past main entrance, on right)

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Social Story Guide

Explore the SM&NC with the assistance of our Visitors Social Story.

Designed by our Education team with first-time guests in mind, this mobile-friendly illustrated guide to our site provides a comprehensive experience from a visitor's point of view, and touches upon our most popular attractions.

Did you know? A Social Story is an extremely useful tool created to promote accessibility and help people, particularly those with social and/or sensory sensitivities, to prepare ahead of time for what to expect during their visit.

SEE OUR SOCIAL STORY

Hours

Open Every Day

Except
Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Day

Final Entry to our Site

• 30 minutes before closing
Gates and Property close promptly at closing

Stamford Museum Galleries & Bendel Mansion

Mon – Sat: 9 am - 5 pm
Sun: 11 am – 5 pm

Heckscher Farm FestivalHeckscher Farm & Nature's Playground

OPEN DAILY 9 am – 5 pm
Nature's Playground open as weather permits.

More Hours

Heckscher WILD!

December – March:
Tues – Fri: 12 – 4 pm
Sat & Sun: 11 am – 4 pm
CLOSED MONDAYS

(Monday hours resume 4/1)

*On Festival Sundays, hours are 10 am – 2 pm

Overbrook Gift Shop

Daily 10 am – 4 pm

Family Fest Sundays

Celebrating the Spring, Harvest & Maple Sugaring Seasons

8 Select Sundays annually
10 am – 2 pm

Site opens at 10 am. Standard Admission after 2 pm.

Planetarium & Observatory

Currently under construction.
Read all about our big plans
for our new Planetarium & Astronomy Center, Phase II of The Campaign for Future Generations.

Welcome

Please read and familiarize yourself with our Visitor Stewardship & Conduct expectations prior to your visit.

Admission

Members: Free
Adults: $14
Seniors (65+): $12
Students (18+): $10 (with valid student ID)
Children (4-17): $8
Children 3 and under: Free

Special Admission Rates

$10: Veterans of all ages.

$2 off: Visitors who show their valid AARP card upon admission.

Free: Visitors presenting a Membership pass borrowed from a Local Library enrolled in our Library Membership program.

Free: Visitors arriving on the city bus and holding bus passes or bus transfer tickets.

Free: Individuals and families (up to 4 individuals) presenting a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, and a valid form of photo ID. 

Free: Visitors bearing a CT Art Trail Passport that has not been previously stamped or stickered by the SM&NC.

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Visitor Social Story: A Helpful Guide to the SM&NC

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is a great place to visit to learn and have fun!

There are two entrances to come in for a visit.

I can come in at the north entrance by the Knobloch Family Farmhouse or the front entrance.

Let’s go in through the front entrance today.

The person at the gate will greet me and help me get a ticket for my visit. It is nice when I say thank you to the person when they give me my ticket.

As I go explore, I will look, listen, and respect the person or people I am with. If I get separated from them, staying calm is good. I can ask the people who work here for help.

The grounds are pretty and have many places to explore!

I can start my adventure by going to Heckscher Farm to explore the farm and animal friends that call it home.

I will head towards the building called Overbrook Nature Center.

As I follow the path, on my left I can see the pond. Sometimes there are ducks and geese on it.

The Overbrook Nature Center has some animal friends to visit and a gift shop.

I can go into Overbrook Nature Center if it is open. I will look to see if there is a sign that says it is ok to go in.

If I don’t want to go into Overbrook Nature Center, that’s ok. I can come back later if I want to go inside to explore.

After I am done at Overbrook, I can look over to the white bridge.

I can cross the bridge to see and say hi to the animals at Heckscher Farm.

On the way into the farm, I will pass by the Otter Pond.

Sometimes the otters do not want to come to say hi and that is ok.

But sometimes they like to come out and relax in the sun.

Let’s check out the farm!

There are many buildings around the farm that I can explore and many animal friends I can visit.

When I go to see the animals, it is good to remember to be kind and respectful to them just as I would like someone to be kind and respectful to me.

The caretakers will let me know if it is ok to feed and to touch the animals I see. It is nice to ask the caretakers first.

It is ok if I am not able to feed and touch them. I can look at them and still say hi.

Heckscher WILD! is one of the buildings that I can explore. It is home to our exotic animals.

Sometimes it is not open. I will look for a sign that will let me know if I can go in.

It is ok if I am not allowed to go in at that time. It is also ok if I do not want to go in.

I can always come back when the animals are ready for me to visit, or if I change my mind and want to go say hi to them.

When I leave Heckscher WILD!, I can follow the path that runs by a red barn. This building is called Heckscher Barn.

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center often has classes that take place in this building.

I can follow the path and pass by the vegetable garden and greenhouse.

Look at all the animal friends!

Look at all the animal friends!

The Farmhouse is good for classes and events.

But there are also bathrooms inside if I need to use them.

I can take a look at the Maple Sugar and Cidery House next door to the Farmhouse.

If I am able to go inside this building, I must remember to follow the instructions from the Stamford Museum & Nature Center staff.

The machine inside is very hot! It is good that I do not touch it.

Doesn’t the building smell good? It smells like pancakes!

I can leave the Maple Sugar and Cidery House to go explore more of the farm.

I can follow the path around the farm to explore more of the animals.

The farm has hogs and a chicken coop.

They even have some bunnies.

I can follow the path around the farm to explore more of the animals.

The farm has hogs and a chicken coop.

They even have some bunnies.

I can follow the path around the farm to explore more of the animals.

The farm has hogs and a chicken coop.

They even have some bunnies.

After visiting the farm, I can walk back across the bridge and explore more of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center.

It is ok if I get tired after exploring for a while.

I can stop at one of the benches to rest and there are picnic tables where I can stop to eat some lunch or snacks.

It is ok if I get tired after exploring for a while.

I can stop at one of the benches to rest and there are picnic tables where I can stop to eat some lunch or snacks.

It is ok if I get tired after exploring for a while.

I can stop at one of the benches to rest and there are picnic tables where I can stop to eat some lunch or snacks.

I can go check out the area behind Overbrook Nature Center.

The Overbrook Nature Center has an owl named Willow. Let’s see if I can spot her. If I can’t that is ok. She is good at hiding.

Then I can go over to Nature's Playground.

If there are others on the playground, I will remember to be respectful to them. It is ok if I do not want to play or talk to them.

If I do not want to stay, it is ok to leave.

There is also a place where I can go explore the woods.

I can head to the place called Wheels in the Woods.

I can explore the forest trail as much as I like. But it is also ok if I want to turn around if I want to.

It’s ok if I want to take a break from the outdoors and go up to the Bendel Mansion at the top of the hill.

It is ok if I get tired climbing up. I can sit inside for a bit.

When I come into the mansion, there is an art exhibition I can explore.

I will keep my hands to myself unless I see a sign that says it’s ok to touch.

When I am done going around the mansion, I can go back down the hill. If I want to explore anything again, that is ok. If I am done for the day, that is also ok.

When it is time to go, I will leave out of the same entrance I came in.

I will say goodbye to the person who helped me when I first came in for my visit.

If I had a good time, I can always come back again!

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is a 501(c)3 organization and donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.

Directions - Museum Entrance

39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 06903

Directions - Farmhouse Entrance

151 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 06903
(1/4 mile past main entrance, on right)