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.
40 artworks created by regional high school students
Photographs of wild bees in their natural habitats, bee houses, and more
35 artworks juxtaposed with Soviet era artifacts from the space race and atomic era
Portraits of more than 6,000 creatures in 40 countries
Image and text layered in ingenious, surprising, and sometimes disturbing combinations
Images from 1974 convey personal identity and communal belonging