Virtual Trails

During this difficult time, the CT Art Trail is here for you! Although our museum members are closed to visitors, many members have virtual experiences you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Check them out:

Bruce Museum — Greenwich, CT

Although the physical doors are closed at the Bruce Museum, you can stay connected and engaged with them at home! Check out this link to stay up to date on their events, and new programs promoting the understanding and appreciation of Art and Science!

The Fairfield University Art Museum has lectures for everyone! Check out their latest lecture here!  Interested in being the first to know about their virtual events? Download their app at the App Store by searching: Fairfield Univ. Art Museum ( iTunes & Google Playstore).

Interested in checking out the Florence Griswold Museum’s current exhibitions? Check them out here! What is better than art? Art and dogs together! Follow this museum on social media and follow their #DogsOfTheArtistsTrail campaign. Follow them here! 

Our friends at Lyman Allyn Art Museum are increasing the number of digital experiences on their website every day! Check out how you can do studio projects at home here! This content is designed for families to get inspiration for art and STEAM projects. Additionally, check out their app in the App Store to see featured tours and educational content.

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The Mattatuck Museum is making sure to keep the community of Litchfield Hills busy during this public health quarantine. They are offering a series called “The MATT @ Home” that provides weekly lesson plans, online exhibitions, worksheets, coloring pages, and more! Check it out here!

Mystic Museum of Art — Mystic, CT

Though the galleries are closed, we are still a community. MMoA exists to bring people together with art and allow the inspiration to happen. That’s exactly what we will continue to do. 

MMoA at Home provides virtual transformative art experiences including:

  • Coloring with MMoA – Color works from our permanent collection
  • Art to Soothe the Soul – Weekly online exhibitions on a variety of themes celebrating the artwork from our permanent collection 
  • Thinking of You – Signed, sealed, delivered! We’re collecting cards to deliver to local assisted living communities 
  • Arts & Crafts – Projects for adults and kids to enjoy at home
  • MMoA Artists Share – Art shared by MMoA’s volunteers, studio teachers, and Elected Artist members
  • Virtual Tour – Take a virtual tour of our current Photo Show 42 exhibition
  • Eye Spy – A treasure hunt activity for kids while taking a virtual tour
  • Mindful Activities – A few creative ways to shape a positive moment while social distancing

Visit www.mysticmuseumofart.org/mmoaathome

New Britain Museum of American Art — New Britain,

The New Britain Museum of American Art is offering new ways to connect with its permanent collection and special exhibitions through its website at nbmaa.org/online.

  • Special Exhibitions – Take a virtual walkthrough of special exhibitions Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), and In Thread and On Paper: Anni Albers in Connecticut presented by museum curators
  • Curatorial Chats – With new episodes every week, each of these short “chats” explores key works by women artists in the Museum’s permanent collection, in honor of the 2020/20+ Women @ NBMAA initiative. 
  • Art Activities –  Get creative and enjoy art activities inspired by the NBMAA’s permanent collection, including coloring book pages of select works. 
  • Video Lessons – Build upon your art skills, or learn something new with easy to follow, step-by-step instructions. 
  • Student and Teacher Resources – Find new ways of facilitating learning with student engagement and hands-on art activities. Students and teachers are invited to take virtual tours of the Museum with special themes that connect to school curriculum, state, and national content standards. 

At Slater Memorial Museum, they are offering three unique ways to enjoy their exhibitions virtually. Check them out:

  1. The Museum has a virtual tour available on our website. Explore here!
  2. Anyone can search selections from the Museum collection database online, for free! Check it out!
  3. The Museum has a free app available through the App Store which provides gallery highlights and educational information. In the App Store search: Slater Memorial Museum.

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is the perfect place for art lovers and their children. Currently, they are offering virtual hands-on activities to keep your kiddo occupied!

  • Join a Facebook Live class! These classes run daily at 10 am and 2 pm AND are held in Spanish on Wednesdays & Fridays at 2 pm. Click here to visit their Facebook page! 
  • Sign your kids up for a 40-minute interactive Zoom-based program featuring live animals, natural history programs, and more! Email or call the director for more details: [email protected] or (203) 977-6568.
  • Have a birthday in your household or want to see our new babies up close and personal? They are now offering 30-minute remote animal visits through Zoom to your household. Please contact our Director of Education for scheduling and fees: [email protected] or (203) 977-6568.
  • SM&NC is also offering activity packs delivered curbside (local areas only and in limited supply). These packets include topics like Owl Pellet Exploration, Superb Snakes, Farm Critter Creation, and Rocks & Minerals. The packets are designed for ages 5-10.

The Aldrich Contemporary Museum — Ridgefield,

Welcome to Aldrich at Home!  Explore creative activities inspired by art and artists you can do at home. Click here to find activities for both children and adults! They are also offering a number of virtual experience on their Youtube Channel, including  Zoë Sheehan Saldaña’s There Must Be Some Way Out of Here and Eva LeWitt’s Untitled (Mesh A–J), as well as a Studio Tour from artist Leslie Wayne, and a performance by Madeline Hollander.

Experience an audio tour of the Wadsworth’s exhibition Savor: A Revolution in Food Culture. Hear from curator Meredith Chilton, chef Lindsay Perkins, artist Chris Antemann, cookbook author Robert Landolphi, and others who share stories about works of art in the exhibition. Click here to listen today! 

Weir Farm National Historic Site — Wilton, CT

Explore the landscape, history, and art of Weir Farm National Historic Site. Check out their latest exhibitions:

  1. A Visual Heritage: The Etchings of Caro Weir Ely Check out the exhibit here!
  2. New virtual Jr. Ranger program Let the fun begin!
  3. Legacy of a Landscape: Weir Farm 
    The Park’s introductory film  (13 minutes) offers an introduction to Weir Farm National Historic Site and is available on YouTube.  Learn about Julian Alden Weir’s artistic transformation from an academically trained portrait/still-life painter to one of the pioneers of American Impressionism, and how the landscape of Weir Farm National Historic Site.  Watch the video here!
  4. Julian Alden Weir’s Student Years in Europe
    Visitors can use this story map to follow J. Alden Weir’s travel during his student years in Europe. Check out the story map!
  5. Weir Farm’s Art Lineage
    The selected pieces of artwork in this digital exhibition by Julian Alden Weir, Dorothy Weir Young, Mahonri Young, Sperry Andrews, and Caroline Weir Ely, portray landscapes, buildings, or objects that are a part of Weir Farm. From depicting the windy roads of Connecticut in the late 19th century, to peaceful scenes indoors, these pieces give us a glimpse into the lives of the three generations who lived here. Related objects and historic photos from the park’s collection accompany the selected works as PDFs to engage viewers more deeply with the artwork. However, they also help in understanding the collection as not just as a set of acquired objects, but as real things and places that people used, grew up with, and were inspired by. Explore the exhibit here!

Yale University Art Gallery — New Haven,

At the Yale University Art Gallery, you can enjoy a variety of content from the comfort of your own home. Here are three ways you can stay connected:

1. The Gallery’s collection is completely searchable. Click here to explore!
2. You can download their audio guide. It is a great way to explore the museum and learn about our collection from curators, scholars, conservators, students, and artists. Click here for their audio guide!
3.  The Gallery YouTube channel is another great way to watch previous lectures and programs offered at the museum – there are nearly 200 to choose from! The most recent videos feature the Gallery’s current installation of Japanese surimono prints, as well as lectures discussing the current exhibition “James Prosek: Art, Artifact, Artifice” and the exhibition “Reckoning with ‘The Incident’: John Wilson’s Studies for a Lynching Mural.” Click here to start watching today!

*James Prosek’s “Bird Spectrum” (2019) in the exhibition “James Prosek: Art, Artifact, Artifice,” Yale University Art Gallery.