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39 Scofieldtown Road
Stamford, CT 06903

A Dozen Things to Do

1. Visit our new permanent exhibit – Heckscher WILD! – meet live animals from across the globe and learn about their habitats.

2. Find your favorite spot at the SM&NC and take a new family picture.

3. Go on a "SM&NC Scavenger Hunt" and find five things that each start with the letters S, M, N, C.

4. Visit our "SM&NC Sunday Farm Market" (10 am – 2 pm starting June 7, 2015) and have fun participating in the Sunday “Market Madness” family programs.

5. Spot a root, a fruit, and a shoot growing in the vegetable garden (but please don’t pick!).

6. Discover what a Heritage Breed is by visiting our Jacob Sheep, Milking Shorthorn Calves, and Guinea Hogs.

7. Check out one of our “Forest Trek Explorers” backpacks and explore our 80-acres of forest and hiking trails.

8. Go on a "Hoof Hunt" and see how many hooves you can find on the farm.

9. Visit our NATURE'S NUMBERS exhibition (June 20 – August 30, 2015) in our museum galleries, an interactive exhibition that stimulates numerical thinking, and then take a hike to discover the wondrous ways that numbers play a role in nature.

10. Create your own two-minute play on our outdoor classroom stage.


Heckscher Farm

Experience farm life firsthand on our educational New England working farm. Home to more than 50 heritage breed animals including pigs, cows, sheep, goats, horses, and chickens, it is a 10-acre oasis of rural life.

Relax and enjoy a slower pace of life in this picturesque landscape dotted with barns, a maple sugar house, organic vegetable garden, and open pastures. Watch our otters entertain daily in the Edith & Robert Graham Otter Pond.

See the farm staff conduct daily chores. Join us for one of our many seasonal festival weekends. During the winter, visit the Maple Sugar House to sample our fresh maple syrup.

Stop by our new exhibit – Heckscher WILD! – featuring live animals and plants from across the globe providing visitors a chance for interaction with these animals through feedings, demonstrations, and special events. The exhibit houses some favorite Stamford Museum & Nature Center animals, including lizards, snakes, turtles, and tarantulas.


Overbrook Nature Center & Hiking Trails

Join us in the Overbrook Nature Center for informative programs with one of our environmental educators. Meet for a hike, see our nature exhibitions, visit with some of our reptiles, browse in our Gift Shop, or pick up a map and borrow an Explorer's Backpack.

Just outside the backdoor are miles of varied and diverse walking trails, including our Wheels in the Woods universally-accessible trail. Winding through more than 80 acres of the property, our nature trails are a perfect place to spend an hour, an afternoon, or even a whole day. See abundant wildlife, enjoy sounds of the Poorhouse Brook, explore our Letterboxing trail, and reconnect with nature.

At Nature's Playground children can see the world from an animal's point of view, scamper through a hollow log, scale a spider's web, and zoom down the otter's slide.


Bendel Mansion & Stamford Museum Galleries

Each year a number of family-focused exhibitions are featured, that explore themes from science, popular culture, fine art, and natural history, among others.

Nurture your soul with art. The Stamford Museum Galleries in the Bendel Mansion — the former home of New York designer and department store owner Henri Bendel — exhibit artworks from our permanent collection. The outdoor sculpture garden features the "Four Seasons," the Bendel Lions and the Bendel Horses on the Fountain Plaza.

Permanent collections include American art, with particular emphasis on local artists Gutzon Borglum (1867–1941) and Reuben Nakian (1897–1986), Native American art and artifacts; the natural history of New England; American history and culture (pre-WWII); and Connecticut agriculture.

For current exhibition and special event information, visit


Observatory & Planetarium

Let us take you to the stars! Visitors are invited to take a peek through Stamford Observatory's 22-inch research telescope. Join us for special astronomical programs and events.

From April 1 through Labor Day
Fridays 8:30–10:30 p.m. (weather permitting)

Labor Day through April 1
Fridays 8–10 p.m. (weather permitting)

SM&NC Members: FREE
Non-Members: Adults $3, Children (5–17) $2

Our Edgerton Memorial Planetarium is open for school programs, scout groups, special events, and private parties.


Hours of Operation

Open Year Round
Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day

SM&NC Grounds
Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Heckscher Farm
Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Nature's Playground
Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
(weather permitting)
Bendel Mansion & Museum Galleries
(main building)
Monday–Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.;
Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Admission Fees

SM&NC Members
(65+) $8
(18+) $6 with valid ID
(4–17) $5; (3 & under) FREE
*Special fees apply on Festival Days

Free parking
Handicap accessible


SM&NC is located less than 10 miles from downtown Stamford, Connecticut, ¾ mile north of the Merritt Parkway Exit 35, and 6 miles north of the Connecticut Turnpike (I-95) Exit 7, following signs for Route 137. SM&NC is accessible by CT Transit bus service (and connection from Metro North Railroad).

NOTE: Buses/commercial vehicles may not use the Merritt Parkway

39 Scofieldtown Road
Stamford, CT 06903

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