Night (and days) at the Bruce Museum

Poster for the Bruce Museum’s “Night at the Museum” benefit

How fun is the Bruce Museum? This weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., it’s the 34th annual Outdoor Arts Festival, always a crowd-pleaser. The $8 ticket (children under age 5 are admitted free) also includes admission to the museum, where you can enjoy the lovely paintings of Mystic Impressionist Charles Harold Davis, the classically inspired “The Seven Deadly Sins: Pride” and the science show, “Madagascar: Ghosts of the Past.”

And speaking of “Madagascar,” the exhibit is an inspiration for the family fundraiser Nov. 6.

From 5 to 8 p.m. that evening, guests are invited to come to the Bruce dressed in their pajamas for a “Night at the Museum” event.  The museum will screen the originalMadagascar” movie on the big screen in the Lecture Gallery and offer crafts, a scavenger hunt, pizza and dessert as well. Mom and Dad will also enjoy the silent auction and an open beer and wine bar.

“The family benefit is always a favorite for us,” says Jen Bernstein, the Bruce’s special events manager. “It’s nice to see families enjoying the museum in ways they wouldn’t during normal visiting hours.”

This year, in addition to celebrating the “Madagascar” exhibit, the event has the added attraction of taking place while the museum showcases the work of Bjørn Okholm Skaarup, a Danish sculptor.  Skaarup’s bronze animals offer a whimsical story or allegory to decipher, inspired by ancient fables, art history or modern animation and are sure to delight children and adults alike.

Kids will want to pick up the free, new Moose Activity Packs to be used in the museum only to deepen their understanding of the exhibits.

Proceeds from the “Night at the Museum” will benefit children’s education and scholarship programs at the Bruce.  Tickets start at $85 per adult ($95 at the door), and $25 per child over age 3 ($35 at the door). Packages are also available and offer special benefits, such as complimentary museum memberships and private tours of exhibita and local private art collections.

For tickets, visit,

For more information, contact Jen Bernstein at 203-413-6761, or – Georgette Gouveia

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