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ARTventure To Launch At Greenwich's Bruce Museum

Tara Contractor holds a ring-necked pheasant, one of the animals that families can search for among the paintings featured in the Bruce Museum's ARTventure program on Feb. 22.
Tara Contractor holds a ring-necked pheasant, one of the animals that families can search for among the paintings featured in the Bruce Museum's ARTventure program on Feb. 22. Photo Credit: Photo by Cynthia Ehlinger /Bruce Museum

GREENWICH, Conn. – ARTventure, a new Museum Family Day program featuring a scavenger hunt that incorporates both art and science, will launch at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich this month.

In February's launch of the ARTventure program, which will run from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, families will follow a series of clues through the wilderness of the museum’s current art exhibition, "Northern Baroque Splendor: The Hohenbuchau Collection from Liechtenstein, The Princely Collections, Vienna."

“The idea behind ARTventure came about when we discovered that the animals in the paintings in 'Northern Baroque Splendor' were also in our science department’s collection of animal specimens,” says Tara Contractor, Samuel H. Kress Interpretive Fellow at the Bruce Museum. “Art and science both depend on observation, so we’re going to put the paintings and specimens side by side and get families to look for the fun details they might otherwise miss.”

Contractor worked with Julie Harrington, manager of youth and family programs at the museum, to develop a unique, family-friendly self-guided scavenger hunt through the museum galleries. ARTventures are designed to explore the connections between art and science, because the Bruce is a museum of both.

Exploring the exhibition's masterpieces alongside animal specimens from the Bruce Museum's permanent collection, families will learn together about animals and habitats, and participate in short, hands-on drawing activities. The program is free with museum admission. All ages are welcome, and advance reservations are not required. ARTventure and all youth and family programs at the Bruce are supported by a gift from the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation.

The Bruce Museum is located at 1 Museum Drive. For more information, visit its website .

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