Calendar of Events

Black History Month Family Day – Mattatuck Museum @ Mattatuck Museum
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Celebrate Black History Month with a Family Day @ The MATT in Waterbury with guided and self-guided activities available throughout the day that celebrate African-American history.

10:30-11:00 a.m.: Docent-guided tour of African-American history and the contributions made by African-Americans to the city of Waterbury.

11:00 a.m.-noon: Family art activity with teaching artist Steve DiRenzio.

noon-1:00 p.m.: Musician Craig Norton will lead hands-on rhythmic games, multicultural songs and storytelling as he guides families in an exploration and celebration of African music and culture.

Bruce Museum: World War I Digitization Day @ Bruce Museum
Jan 27 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Saturday, January 27, 2018 — 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT 06830  (203) 869-0376

World War I Digitization Day

Snow date: February 10

In conjunction with the exhibition Patriotic Persuasion, the Bruce Museum will host a World War I Digitization Day organized by the Connecticut State Library.

Connecticut residents are invited to bring in their photos, letters and other keepsakes from World War I for digitization. The digital images and stories collected at the events will be added to the State Library’s online archive and made freely accessible for public use.

Usually, visitors bringing their photos, letters, etc. will work with a digitization expert for about one hour. For more information, see:

Digitization contributors and their families will receive free museum admission.

Accessing Autism – Mattatuck Museum @ Mattatuck Museum
Jan 28 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Accessing autism is a program for children with autism and their families are invited to explore the Museum’s art and history with trained Museum Educators and experience hands-on activities related to collections and exhibitions on view.

Hands-On Drumming – Mattatuck Museum @ Mattatuck Museum
Jan 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Beat a drum and experience the healing power of music when you join Craig Norton for hands-on drumming and participatory musical merriment in one of the Museum galleries. Everyone gets to play a drum or two, dance, laugh and learn while playing rhythms from around the world. Bring your own drums or play one of ours.

Bruce Museum: Art Adventures @ Bruce Museum
Jan 28 @ 7:09 pm – 8:09 pm

Sunday, January 7, 28, 1:003:00 pm.
Art Adventures.
Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT  (203)869-0376

A drop-in program for children ages 4 and up and their families.

Participants have the opportunity to craft fun and creative works of art inspired by the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. Free with admission; no advanced registration required.

January 7: Pen and Ink Portraits; January 28: Printmaking.

Story Time! Ages 2-6 at Hill-Stead @ Hill-Stead Museum
Jan 31 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Hill-Stead’s new Story Time is on the last Wednesday of every month at 9 am.  Your child will be introduced to stories related to art, museums, nature and more (with music and movement) in the historic setting of Hill-Stead.  Create an art project to bring home.  Then, romp around Hill-Stead’s natural playground of walking trails, gardens and sheep farm.

$8 per child or FREE with museum membership. Ages 2-6.

Storytime for Toddlers: Chugga-Chugga, Choo-Choo! at the Mattatuck Museum @ Mattatuck Museum
Jan 31 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Storytime for Toddlers is a great activity for you and your toddlers conveniently located at The MATT in downtown Waterbury. Come to The MATT and hear Chugga-Chugga, Choo-Choo by Kevin Lewis and illustrated by Daniel Kirk, read by a professional storyteller during January’s Storytime for Toddlers. Afterwards get creative with an art activity inspired by the book.

Chugga-Chugga, Choo-choo tells all about a freight train’s day, from loading cargo in the morning to retiring to the roundhouse after the day’s work is done. Storytime for Toddlers is for children ages 3-5.

Learn more about the Museum’s other education programs for youth here.

Opening Reception for The Holy Name. Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age – FUAM @ Fairfield University Art Museum, Bellarmine Hall
Feb 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Holy Name. Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age will be on view at the Fairfield University Art Museum from February 2 – May 19, 2018; an Opening Reception will take place on Thursday, February 1, at 6:00 p.m. in the Fairfield University Art Museum, Bellarmine Hall. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

This landmark international loan exhibition brings together artistic masterpieces from the Church of the Gesù never before seen in America and a dazzling group of paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, rare books, and decorative arts from American museums and private collections. Together these glorious works tell the fascinating stories of the foundation of the Society of Jesus in Rome and the long road to erect their new church, the Gesù, which houses some of the most iconic masterpieces of Italian Baroque art; the creation a new repertoire of images and subjects to celebrate the order’s new saints Ignatius of Loyola and Francis Xavier; the gifted artists who realized the Jesuits’ vision and ambitions; and the powerful personalities whose wealth and authority made it all possible. The star of this extraordinary presentation is the great Italian baroque sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini, whose marble portrait bust of Cardinal Roberto Bellarmino from the Gesù is the highlight of the exhibition.

The exhibition is organized in celebration of Fairfield University’s 75th anniversary and is complemented by a rich array of programs, lectures and special events, all free and open to the public.

Made possible through the collaboration of the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College; the Burns Library, Boston College; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; the Getty Research Institute; the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Morgan Library & Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the New York Public Library; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Princeton University Art Museum; the Yale University Art Gallery; and several private collectors.

Generous support for the exhibition, publication and related programs has been provided in part by the Center for Catholic Studies, Fairfield University, The Samuel H. Kress Foundation, The Robert Lehman Foundation, The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation, Vanderbilt University, the Dianne Modestini Charitable Trust, Christie’s, New York, and a number of private benefactors.

Image: Giovanni Battista Gaulli, The Adoration of the Lamb (Modello for the Apse Fresco in the Gesù, Rome) (detail), ca. 1680. Copyright The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Family Day: Italian Treasures — The Baroque: Gold and Gilded – FUAM @ Fairfield University Art Museum, Bellarmine Hall
Feb 3 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Please join us on Saturday, February 3rd, for Family Day: Italian Treasures — The Baroque: Gold and Gilded. Family Day activities include arts & crafts and a child friendly gallery tour designed for ages 4-10.

Session 1: 1-2:30 p.m.
Session 2: 2:30-4 p.m.

The Fairfield University Art Museum will be free and open to the public from 1-4 p.m. so that you may enjoy our collection of paintings and objects.

Please register number of children only.

Space is limited. If you are unable to attend, please unregister online or contact the museum at

Image: Johann Adolf Gaap, Cartagloria of Saint Ignatius, 1699. Church of the Gesù, Rome (museum).

First Sundays for Families at Hill-Stead Museum @ Hill-Stead Museum
Feb 4 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
First Sundays for Families at Hill-Stead Museum @ Hill-Stead Museum | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

Take part in these First Sundays for Families activities!

  • Museum Educators will lead art projects in the Education Stations at 1 p.m.  Free self-serve crafts for all ages and Explorer Backpacks will also be available during regular museum hours from April through October.
  • Self-guided tours run from 1 to 4 p.m.  Browse the collection at your own pace and engage in the ever-popular scavenger hunt challenge.
  • Enjoy beautiful melodies on the Steinway piano as you tour the house between 2 and 3 p.m.
  • Romp in Hill-Stead’s own natural playground of hiking trails, gardens and walking paths.
  • Purchase a treasure in our Museum Shop, stocked with art supplies, toys, children’s books and much more.