The Best Art Museums in Fairfield County (& Beyond)

Updated: Jan 10, 2021

From historic art museums to modern pieces WhatsupFairfield has you covered with a good day trip!

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Founded in 1842 the Wadsworth means serious business when it comes to providing an immersive art experience. With over 50,000 works over a 5,000 year period - there’s truly something for everyone. Whether a modern art aficionado or art-history buff - visitors can enjoy a full-days experience from one of the oldest art museums in the United States.

Popular features include: Caravaggio, Frederic Church, Joseph Cornell, Salvador Dalí, and Joan Miró.


In 2010 the Wadsworth Atheneum underwent a $33 million dollar renovation which renewed history structures and added 17 gallery spaces. So after a full day of browsing exhibits, head to Untitled Bistro to get your energy back.

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The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

The Aldrich located in Ridgefield, CT is a great place to soak up some culture without doing a serious road trip. The campus included a 2-acre sculpture garden and is right next to the heart of town to enjoy a local coffee afterwards.

Their latest exhibits feature: Genesis Belanger: Through the Eye of a Needle, Frank Stella’s: Stars, and Twenty Twenty. Check out their website for upcoming events such as exclusive member tours, Virtual bake-alongs, and virtual mindfulness sessions for kids.

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Florence Griswold Museum

The Florence Griswold Museum is another amazing, huge museum in Connecticut to celebrate art, history and nature. Located in Old Lyme, the museum descends from the Lyme Art Colony where prominent landscape artist Henry Ward Ranger arrived in 1899 and decided on a new American “tonal” school of landscape painting.

From the Georgian architecture of Florence Griswold’s home (which has its own deep history) to the light and modern spaces of the Krieble Gallery - the 13-acre site is a namesake in the area. Head to the museum to enjoy their vast permanent collection as well as thought-provoking and ever-evolving exhibits then stop by Café Flo! for lunch. And during the holiday season - there’s much more.

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Bruce Museum

The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT is a local favorite featuring art and science works to enrich the lives of visitors. With more than a dozen exhibits that switch out throughout the year, the permanent galleries feature the natural sciences from a regional and national perspective.

Check out the Bruce Museum’s latest collections here, and upcoming events such as Junior Art competitions and online art auctions.

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Lyman Allen Art Museum

Another large art museum - well-worthy of a day trip is the Lyman Allen Art museum. Featuring a vast collection of 17,000+ objects and pieces from ancient times to the present - you can definitely spend a few hours roaming the space. Some of the art comprises decorative pieces, impressionism paintings to Victorian toys and doll houses.

The Lyman Allen Art Museum takes great pride in its commitment to the community - providing art education and cultural experiences to visitors in the area. Stop by to pick up FREE art and STEAM kits to do with your child at home.

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Museum of Contemporary Art Westport

Right in our backyard is the Museum of Contemporary Art in Westport that focuses on visual and the performing arts. For over 50 years “MOCA” has sought to enrich the lives of visitors through diverse exhibits featuring emerging and local artists.

Their popular concert series features musicians from every genre and the Academy@MoCA brings educational slides to develop new skills in performing arts. Stop by for engaging lectures, artist presentations and family art days throughout the year.

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