In keeping with textile merchant Robert Moffat Bruce’s will, the exhibits at the Bruce Museum (1 Museum Dr., Greenwich, Conn.) cover an event or topic according to science, art, and history. Liz Collins, a textile professor, recommends the latest: “The Olympic Games: Art, Culture & Sport.”
See a show or four at the galleries at Silvermine Arts Center (1037 Silvermine Rd., New Canaan, Conn.), says Holly Hughes, head of RISD’s painting department. Then pitch a picnic in the sculpture garden or on a patch of grass by the pond.
At the Pez Visitor Center (35 Prindle Hill Rd., Orange, Conn.), says Hughes, you can glimpse the official Pez motorcycle and the world’s largest dispenser, and load up on sugary souvenirs at the factory store.
Collins is a fan of the 200,000-piece permanent collection at the Yale Art Gallery (1111 Chapel St., New Haven, Conn.), which also hosts visiting shows such as Robert Adams’s forthcoming photo retrospective (from August 3).
“There’s a flea-market-stocked shop called Taken for Granite (409 Leetes Island Rd., Branfort, Conn.),” says RISD foundation-studies professor Nade Haley. “They treat their store like it’s an installation, redecorating it all the time.”
In the former home of the Lyme Art Colony, the Florence Griswold Museum (96 Lyme St., Old Lyme, Conn.) is a mecca of turn-of-the-last-century American Impressionist work.
The don’t-miss stop for science-obsessed kids: the Submarine Force Museum (1 Crystal Lake Rd., Groton, Conn.). “Nuclear subs can go out in the ocean from there,” explains Hughes. Bonus: free parking and admission.
Collins says to cruise straight to gallery-restaurant AS220 FOO(d) (115 Empire St.) for a cheap, healthy bite. Then stay at the ten-room Old Court Bed & Breakfast (from $165; 144 Benefit St.; 401-751-2002).