Founded in 1908, the Bruce Museum, is a community-centric museum that focuses on the arts and science. The museum is located in downtown Greenwich, Connecticut at 1 Museum Drive. It is 35 miles east of New York City off I-95 and adjacent to the Metro-North Railroad's Greenwich station. The Bruce Museum boasts world-class exhibits featuring the natural sciences in regional and global perspectives focusing on geology, paleontology, archaeology, local Native Americans, natural history, and the effects of man on the areas around Greenwich.
Initially, the museum was built as a private home in 1853 for the attorney, cleric, and historian Francis Lister Hawks. The property then changed hands in 1858 to an established textile merchant and member of the New York Cotton Exchange, Robert Moffat Bruce. In 1908, Bruce deeded his property to the town of Greenwich so that it would be used "as a natural history, historical and art museum, for the use and benefit of the public."
In 1992, the Bruce Museum, Inc. was established as a non-profit organization and started extensive renovations.
Currently, the museum houses many display cases containing minerals, including a meteorite that you can touch, large mineral crystals from places around the world, and phosphorescent minerals.
In addition to minerals, the museum houses a collection of 15000 art pieces from the United States, Native American, Eurasian, and pre-Columbian art.