Behind-the-Scenes Site Tours

Explore the artful blend of historic restoration and new construction at our newly reimagined site. Special tours of the new buildings and grounds will showcase discoveries made during construction including historic wallpaper, an original key for Toby’s Tavern and highlights from the Historical Society’s collections.

John Bridge will lead 45-minute tours of the new Library and Archives, the Gallery for Special Exhibitions, the Gallery for Permanent Collections, museum lobby, Museum Store and Artists’ Café. Guests will have the opportunity to ask questions about the new facility, its design and construction and its significance to the organization and the community in the preservation of the town’s history. A Greenwich native, John is a graduate of Greenwich High School and Georgetown University with a BA in English. He is delighted to educate and entertain both children and adults as a docent for the Bush-Holley House.

Tours are included in museum admission and will start in the museum lobby at the front desk.

Tour with John Bridge:
Sunday, October 21, 2018, 2:15 pm

Space is limited.

To reserve, email sflinn@greenwichhistory.org or call 203.869-6899.


Victorian Summer: The Historic Houses of Belle Haven Park

Victorian Summer: The Historic Houses of Belle Haven Park, Author Matthew Bernard

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Belle Haven is home to one of the first and most spectacular residence parks in the country. Its development between 1884 and 1894 transformed scenic pastureland into a bastion of Victorian luxury. The New York Times described it as “the flower garden of Greenwich, and, indeed, of the whole Connecticut shore.”

Victorian Summer: The Historic Houses of Belle Haven Park focuses on that great flowering, beginning with Robert Law Olmsted’s storied firm laying out the park’s graceful, lamp-lit streets on which the architectural masterpieces of some of the Gilded Age’s most renowned architects were built for the illustrious movers and shakers of the day.

Victorian Summer features biographies of the estates, their architects and their predominant owners. Some of the homes are sadly gone or unrecognizable, but many shine on as brightly as ever, providing a glimpse of the Gilded Age and its aftermath.

Author Matthew Bernard moved, with his family, from California to Belle Haven in 1974 and was fascinated by the stylistic and architectural idiosyncrasies of his family home. In a 40-year odyssey that began as personal research, the project expanded into an exploration of the architectural heritage of the entire neighborhood and its early history as a summer resort for Victorian-era titans.

Bernard will show a 20-minute film, which he produced, about the book and follow up with a question-and-answer session. Books will be available for purchase and signing and will be available in the Museum Store. Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, November 1, 2:00–3:00 pm

Vanderbilt Education Center

Members: $10; nonmembers: $15
Reserve below or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10

Story Barn: Once Upon a Time in Greenwich

Victorian Summer: The Historic Houses of Belle Haven Park, Author Matthew Bernard

Story Barn Emcee Bonnie Levison

Friday, November 2, 2018

Story barn is an eagerly anticipated, bi-annual event at which various themes are explored through storytelling. Anyone can share a story; the only requirements are that be true, last from 5–10 minutes and that the storyteller use no notes. Usually, six to eight stories are shared during the course of the evening.

The theme will be “Once Upon a Time in Greenwich,” which connects the program with our current exhibition History Is…, a show that focuses on the personal aspects of history and the myriad ways in which it can be interpreted. Storytellers are asked to use this theme as a starting point, but may branch out in any chosen direction from there. The program takes place in a cabaret-style setting and wine, beer and snacks will be served.

Emcee Bonnie Levison is a consummate storyteller in her own right, and weaves all of the evening’s tales together in her own inimitable style, often punctuated by wry observations and sometimes, if we’re lucky, a tale of her own. Levison is a comedienne, co-founder of the Nantucket Comedy Festival, producer and is a senior instructor for The Moth’s Corporate Program.

Friday, November 2, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Doors open at 7:00 pm

Vanderbilt Education Center

Members: $15; nonmembers: $20
Reserve below or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10

We welcome new storytellers. If you would like to share your story, please contact Anna Greco or call 203-869-6899.

Free Apple Tasting

basket of apples

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Mike Geller from Mike's Organic Delivery will offer samples of a wide variety of delicious local apples at the Greenwich Historical Society November 15 at 1:00pm. Try new kinds of apples and learn about the history of apple growers in the Hudson Valley. 

Mike’s Organic Delivery works with more than 40 different farmers, delivering: organic produce, pastured meat, wild fish, grass-fed dairy products, pastured eggs, pantry items and prepared foods to Westchester and Fairfield counties. Mike has partnered with the Greenwich Historical Society to sell organic items in our café and to make a 10% donation to the Greenwich Historical Society for every weekly / à la carte order placed using coupon code HISTORY at mikesorganicdelivery.com.

November 15, 1:00 pm

Pomeline-Greenwich Happy Hour Jewelry Trunk Show


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Enjoy a glass of wine, meet designer Kirsten Rothe and check out the gorgeous jewelry from her Pomeline 2018 line. Trained in both the history of art and studio art, Kirsten has been creating unique and elegant wearable art for 20 years. Drawing inspiration from both classical and contemporary forms, the Greenwich native of Danish descent is known for clean Scandinavian lines and shapes, to which she adds color and whimsy.

Thursday, November 15; 4:00–7:00 pm

Museum Store

Admission is free and reservations are not required.


Sip and Shop Holiday Afternoon Tea

Sunday, December 9


Enjoy holiday afternoon tea in the museum lobby and holiday shopping in the Museum Store. We’ll be serving a variety of seasonal blends, savory tea sandwiches and traditional teatime sweets catered by Royal Tea Company, which has “served tea to everyone from Martha Stewart to the Duchess of York.” Find gifts for everyone on your list at our fabulous new Museum Store and enjoy free gift wrapping. Members receive a 10 percent discount on Museum Store purchases year round.

Sunday, December 9, 1:00 pm

Members: $35; nonmembers: $40
Reserve below or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10

Candlelight 2018

Sunday, December 16


Our annual Candlelight event is a festive evening that offers a tour of Bush-Holley House done up in holiday style. The family-friendly tours last roughly 45 minutes and interpret Christmas traditions as they were celebrated by the Bush and Holley families in the Colonial and art colony eras.

Music, hot chocolate, holiday treats, a visit from Santa Claus (5:00–7:00 pm) and craft projects for kids will also be offered in the Vanderbilt Education Center.

Tours are first-come, first-served and leave every 15 minutes until 6:30 pm. Visitors will also have the opportunity to see the exhibitions in the new museum building.

Sunday, December 16, 4:30 to 7:00 pm

Admission is free. Please help us plan by registering here.

Entrance to the event is through the new museum lobby.

Cancellation, Refund and Nonsufficient Funds Policy

A full refund for program and special events payments will be made up to 10 days before the program or event. Within 10 days of the program or event, no refund can be granted, but payments may be changed to tax-deductible contributions at payer’s request. A fee of $25 will be charged for checks returned to us for nonsufficient funds.

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