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Stamford Museum & Nature Center

We are dedicated to arts and culture, natural and agricultural sciences and history. We seek to inspire creativity, foster self-discovery, promote environmental stewardship, and nurture an appreciation for lifelong learning for kids and families.

The SM&NC is a place for families.

Come discover, learn, and enjoy.

Fun and adventure await you every season at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Bring friends and enjoy a picnic on the Meadow, a program at the Farmhouse, or simply explore our magnificent 118-acre site. With over 80 acres of hardwood forest, miles of hiking trails and peaceful walking paths, we are the model nature-based organization for getting families outdoors year-round.

We revel in social engagement, welcoming adults and kids for programs like Drive-in Movies, Farm-to-Table Suppers, Cooking Classes, Farm & Artisan Markets, Clam Bakes and Festivals. Heckscher Farm is a working farm and home to a variety of animals including heritage breeds and exotics. We make our very own line of Maple Syrup right here in our Sugar House + Cidery.

We host or curate six major fine art exhibitions in our galleries annually, and have grown a diverse Permanent Collection of more than 20,000 cultural objects, artifacts, and works of art since 1936.

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is an excellent educational resource for schools and groups. Our four pillars — nature, agriculture, astronomy and art — allow for an extensive variety of educational options. Our diverse site creates an unparalleled experience for your field trip. Our programs are hands-on, interactive, relevant and fun! All programs are correlated to State of Connecticut Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, and curricula can be adapted to fit specific needs.


Art, Nature & Me Preschool at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Our Mission

Art, Nature & Me at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center inspires creativity, promotes self discovery, and nurtures an appreciation for lifelong learning. Our staff supports a child's sense of wonder and natural curiosity by providing hands-on experiences in our classrooms as well as outdoors in the natural world.

Summer Camp Programs

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center seeks to inspire creativity, foster self-discovery, promote environmental stewardship, and nurture an appreciation for lifelong learning.Our summer camp program and Environmental Education team support this by providing exciting and engaging interactive experiences both in our classrooms and in the natural world. Each of our signature programs is led by an experienced SM&NC Environmental Educator or Preschool Teacher.

Our incredible 118-acre site is locared in North Stamford, just north of the Merritt Parkway, Exit 35. Originally the summer estate of department store mogul, Henri Bendel, today we are a distinguished regional leader in science education and nature-based learning.

Open hours: 
Sunday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Monday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Hiking, Arts and Crafts, Nature/Outdoors, Preschool