The Museum's varied collection of art originated around a nucleus of Cos Cob Impressionism and holds paintings by American and European artists of the 19th- and 20th-centuries, such as Daniel Ridgway Knight, Francis Silva, Potthast, Chase, and Twachtman. The collection includes drawings and prints and photography. Sculpture includes 19th- and 20th-century work by Hiram Powers, MacMonnies and Rodin.
Decorative arts collections include holdings in French art glass and American art pottery. Textiles include ladies' gowns, American-made plus examples of French couture, Belgian lace, and Kashmir shawls, as well as court robes from the Qing Dynasty. Pre-Columbian objects are utilitarian and ceremonial. The Native American collection includes Navajo jewelry; Pueblo blackware; beadwork, blankets and baskets from Plains, Southwest, and Northwest Coast peoples; and Inuit baskets, ivory and soapstone carvings.
Museum is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail, a partnership of 18 museums and historic sites. The Art Pass, which is good for a year, includes one-day admission to each museum.
Treasures include comic strips, editorial & magazine cartoons, caricature, illustration and animation
Highlights botanical collecting in Connecticut from 1885 – 1944
Landscapes, seascapes, beach scenes, and figural composition, as well as rarely seen travel sketchbooks
Celebrates the work of anonymous Chinese artists supported by riches earned on the Silk Road
Community project of small artworks created entirely by the public for the public