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The Galleries at the Historical Society:

Permanent Collections &  Special Exhibitions

The Permanent Collections Gallery

The Permanent Collections Gallery showcases works from the Museum Collection by members of the Cos Cob art colony.

The Permanent Collections Gallery is open Wednesday – Sunday 12:00 – 4:00 P.M.

The Museum Collection is comprised of objects that are connected to and convey the history of the Town of Greenwich and Bush-Holley Historic Site, the home of Connecticut’s first Impressionist art colony at the turn of the 20th century.  Objects in the collection date from the 18th through the 20th century and document the material culture of present and former inhabitants of Greenwich and its region—fine and decorative arts; maritime, agricultural, industrial and domestic artifacts; costumes and textiles; and paintings and other works by those artists who boarded at or visited the Bush-Holley House. Many of the pieces are exhibited in Bush-Holley House and provide the context for its dual interpretation—the Bush family from 1790 to 1825 and the Cos Cob art colony from 1890 to 1920.

A number of rooms in the Bush-Holley House also display art; some works were painted on site like Childe Hassam’s Clarissa, which is of the Bush-Holley House entryway where the painting is located. 

Exhibitions in our Permanent Collections Gallery include The Cos Cob Art Colony; John Henry Twachtman’s Front Porch; Treasures from the Collections: Ceramics by Leon Volkmar; and the short film “Our Place in History.”

John Henry Twachtman's Front Porch
Greenwich Historical Society Permanent Gallery © Durston Saylor-
The Cos Cob Art Colony
Ceramics by Leon Volkmar

The Special Exhibitions Gallery

The Special Exhibitions Gallery showcases rotating art, history and cultural exhibitions in the Greenwich Historical Society’s Frank Family Foundation Gallery.

The Historical Society’s galleries host rotating exhibits focusing on Greenwich, including the award-winning exhibit An American Story: Finding Home in Fairfield Count, An American Odyssey: The Jewish Experience in Greenwich and An Unfinished Revolution: the Woman’s Suffrage Centennial. Each exhibition is accompanied by a series of public events that inspire timely community conversations about shared history and experience across cultural lines.