The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, will open the doors to its striking new building on April 2 during a grand reopening ceremony that’s free to the public from 12–5pm (ET).

Designed by the New Orleans-based firm of EskewDumezRipple, the structure features a striated facade of cast stone and glass inspired by the surfaces of Connecticut’s rock quarries. The new addition features the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Education Wing; the contemporary William L. Richter Art Wing, which includes four leading-edge galleries that provide vastly expanded accommodations for changing art exhibitions; and, for the first time, significant space to show the museum’s permanent art collection.

The entire ground floor is free and open to the public during museum hours. It includes a new museum store; an inviting café with indoor/outdoor seating; a state-of-the-art auditorium; and meeting spaces for special event use by local community groups, families, and businesses.

The museum will open with eight significant exhibitions, among them:

  • Lois Dodd: Natural Order, the largest survey of Dodd to date featuring nearly 80 works spanning the artist’s career;
  • Penguins! Past and Present showcasing the story of the most remarkable birds on earth;
  • Then Is Now: Contemporary Black Art in America which explores how Black artists critically engage with the past and present and includes works by Hank Willis Thomas, Emma Amos, and Kehinde Wiley, among others;
  • The William L. Richter Collection, which celebrates the extraordinary collection of Greenwich resident William L. Richter and features works by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Camille Pissarro, Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, and Henri Matisse.

The Bruce Museum’s grand opening is made possible with the generous support of Bank of America, Lead Partner of the new Bruce.

To find out more about the museum and its opening events, exhibitions, and galleries, visit