Founded in 1964, the Aldrich was one of this country’s first museums devoted exclusively to the exhibition of contemporary Expressionist masters like Gary Lichtenstein, and today it’s carried on that proud tradition with newly-renovated galleries that also accommodate a sculpture garden, screening room, performance area and museum store. Located in Ridgefield’s historic main street and housed in an award-winning building, the Aldrich is stunning in both for its contents and its environs.
Fairfield County has more than its share of contemporary mansions, but none impress quite the same as the Lockwood-Mathews- the Civil War-era estate is widely considered to be America’s first true mansion. Those taking the daily $10 tours will discover a 62-room Second Empire-style estate that’s been fully restored with glorious interiors and period furniture equal or superior to more well-known Newport, RI counterparts.
Consistently voted the “Best Museum” by area media, the Bruce Museum is a regionally based, world-class institution highlighting art, science and natural history in more than a dozen changing exhibitions annually. The permanent galleries feature the natural sciences that encompass regional to global perspectives.