Postcards from Late Winter at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, CT, USA
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Debra C. Argen with Goat - Stamford Museum & Nature Center - photo by Luxury Experience
Although this has been a very mild winter in Connecticut, when the month of March hit the calendar, we were ready to get out of the house and start exploring nature again and looking for signs of Spring. The Stamford Museum & Nature Center located in Stamford, Connecticut provided the perfect opportunity with their combination of hiking trails, friendly animals, and a sensational museum.

 

Stamford Museum & Nature Center - Goat - photo by Luxury Experience
Welcome to the Stamford Museum & Nature Center

We visited the Stamford Museum & Nature Center on Sunday, March 5, 2023, when the weather was mild, bright, and sunny, making it the perfect opportunity to explore all that they offer from their hiking trails to their farm exhibits, and their world-class museum. We were not alone in our quest for a day of fun in the sun, as the Stamford Museum & Nature Center always attracts visitors of all ages due to its rich diversity of special events and programs. 

Stamford Museum & Nature Center - Debra C. Argen with Goat - photo by Luxury Experience
Getting to know the animals

As confirmed animal lovers, we began our visit by visiting their 10-acre Heckscher Farm where we had the opportunity to make friends with many of their friendly farm residents, such as  goats, alpacas, and llamas. We also enjoyed watching Derrick, a very sweet 10-year-old male Guinea Hog, work with his caregiver and demonstrate how to bow, how to fetch a ball, and even how to turn in a circle on her signal. Interesting to note about this Heritage Breed, is that it is a small, black breed of swine that is unique to the United States and was once the most numerous pig breed; today there are fewer than 200. 

Stamford Museum & Nature Center - Derrick Guinea Hog - photo by Luxury Experience
Derrick the Guinea Hog

 

Video - Derrick the Guinea Hog performing for the guests - https://youtu.be/lcVJ1bw1BLA

Stamford Museum & Nature Center - Sicilian Miniature Donkey - photo by Luxury Experience
Sicilian Miniature Donkey

Another sweet animal that we encountered on our walk was their Sicilian Miniature Donkey who was strolling around the grounds with his caregivers' delighting visitors. 

Stamford Museum & Nature Center - Hecksher WILD reptile - photo by Luxury Experience
Heckscher WILD reptile

After our animal encounters at the Heckscher Farm and Heckscher WILD where we saw tortoises, reptiles, ferrets, and birds, we visited the Bendel Museum where they always have wonderful art exhibitions. The museum was once the home of Henri Willis Bendel (1868 - 1936), an American designer, philanthropist, and owner of the eponymous luxurious Fifth Avenue store in New York City where fashionable fashionistas once flocked. The architecture is stunning with its slate roof, lead-framed glass windows, gargoyles, lions, and sculptures on the manicured grounds. 

Stamford Museum & Nature Center - Bendel Museum - photo by Luxury Experience Stamford Museum & Nature Center - Bendel Museum - photo by Luxury Experience

During our visit to the museum, there was a stunning exhibition by the artist Sophy Regensburg (1885-1974) who started painting later in life at the age of 67 in 1950s New York when her physician advised her to start taking it easy. Over the course of her life, she painted 500 works and painted every day. She also did needlework, which she deftly captured in her paintings along with her household items including beautiful soup tureens and decorative cake stands, which she used to create her still lives. Her color palette is richly colorful and vibrant and draws the eye to learn the "story" behind each of the works. 

Stamford Museum & Nature Center - Sophy Regensburg exhibition at Bendel Museum - photo by Luxury Experience
Artist - Sophy Regensburg

The next upcoming exhibition at the Bendel Museum is Nancy Macko: The Fragile Bee, with an opening reception on April 13, 2023. The exhibition closes on September 3, 2023. There is also another wonderful event on June 4, 2023, Orchestra Lumos - In Times of Fear. 

Stamford Museum & Nature Center - Edward F. Nesta - photo by Luxury Experience
Time to relax after enjoying the animals, hiking and
the Bendel Musiem

There are many special events and programs throughout the year at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center including Maple Sugar season and cider pressing during the colder months, so be sure to check out their events calendar on their website. Do allow a minimum of 3-hours for a visit to the Stamford Museum & Nature Center to fully appreciate all that it offers. There are food trucks onsite, and visitors may also bring their own food to enjoy at one of the many picnic tables, so that you can enjoy a full day of exploring nature. 

Stamford Museum & Nature Center - Edward F. Nesta with Goat - photo by Luxury Experience
Taking time to talk to the animals

Until next time, keep enjoying travel with Luxury Experience. Happy Spring! 

Stamford Museum & Nature Center Hours: Open every day except: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. There is an early closing at 1:00 pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. 

Stamford Museum & Nature Center - Goat - photo by Luxury Experience
Mi casa es su casa

Stamford Museum Galleries & Bendel Mansion: Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm, Sunday from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm. Heckscher Farm & Nature's Playground: Daily from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. Heckscher WILD!: Tuesday through Sunday from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm. Overbrook Gift Shop: (Winter Hours): Saturday and Sunday only from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. 

Stamford Museum & Nature Center - Alpacas - photo by Luxury Experience
Alpacas are waiting for your visit

Admission: Adults: $14, Seniors: (65+): $12, Students (18+ with valid ID): $10, Children: 4-17: $8, Children: 2 and Under: Free, Members: Free 

For more information on the Stamford Museum & Nature Center and their upcoming special events, please visit their website: www.StamfordMuseum.org.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, CT, USA  

Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Main Entrance: 39 Scofieldtown Road
Farmhouse Entrance: 151 Scofieldtown Road
Stamford, Connecticut 06903
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