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CT Summer at the Museum

This season, Greenwich Historical Society is thrilled to once again participate in the CT Summer at the Museum program.

Welcome Kids!

From July 1 through September 3, 2023, Connecticut resident children 18 and under, plus one accompanying adult, are invited to visit our campus and gardens, museum galleries and tour the historic Bush-Holley House FREE of CHARGE!

Family friendly children’s tours will take place every Saturday at noon for the month of August.

Bush-Holley House tours are offered Wednesday – Sunday, at 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, and 3:00 pm. Space is limited and reservation are recommended.   

Hands on History Cart - SPORTS! More Than Just a Game

The SPORTS! More Than Just a Game exhibition is open! While visiting our new exhibition stop by our Hands on History Cart. Color or draw your own team uniform, write down your sports stories, read sports themed children’s books and complete the I Spy scavenger hunt as you go through the exhibit.

The exhibition gallery is open Wednesday-Sunday from noon-4:00 pm.

Colonial Recess

Come step into the shoes of a colonial child and with some of the most popular toys and games of the late 1700’s. Test your balance on a pair of colonial stilts, learn how to play morris and marbles, and see if you can set the summer record for the game of graces.

This hands on adventure will be available, weather permitting, on the Historical Society’s great lawn free of charge Wednesday’s in August 2:00-3:00. Sneakers recommended. Adult supervision required.

Art Bags

Come paint en plein air like the impressions artist of the Cos Cob art Colony. Art activity kits including watercolors, colored pencils, paper, and art prompts will be available to borrow from the front desk this August.

Creating Opportunities

The CT Summer at the Museum program was extremely successful in the summer of 2021, with museums throughout the state hosting hundreds of thousands of children, many of whom would not otherwise be able to afford admission. This program is even more important now given that inflation and high gasoline prices continue to adversely impacting attendance at our institutions, especially among lower income families. 

Positive Impact

A visit to a museum provides a special opportunity that can positively impact mental health, demonstrably improve learning outcomes among children and youth, and offer positive activities and outlets in many of the neighborhoods, towns, and cities that we serve. As children and students missed out on more than two years of group and school visits to our institutions as part of hands-on, interactive learning, the CT Summer at the Museum Program gives these children and students a chance to experience our historic campus, museum and gardens and benefit from our programs, activities, and exhibits. 

The CT Summer at the Museum has been made possible with the support of Connecticut Humanities and the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the federal ARPA.