SMNC’s Holiday Exhibitions

Holiday exhibitions return to Stamford Museum & Nature Center Nov. 6

Gingerbread creations, antique playthings are sure to delight this holiday season


(September 10, 2010 – Stamford, Connecticut…) Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s second annual holiday display of gingerbread creations and antique playthings returns to the Bendel Mansion on Nov. 6!


Creative confections from some of the area’s best pastry chefs, restaurants, and caterers will be on display as part of the second annual Visions of Gingerbread: The Sweetest Architects! exhibit, through December 5. These creative confections, consisting completely of edible materials, will be revealed for the first time at the Members’ Opening Reception on Nov. 5. A panel of special guest judges will award First, Second and Third place at the Members’ Opening. Visitors will have the opportunity to vote for Fan Favorite at the Museum. Additionally, these imaginative creations will once again be available for purchase through silent auction. Silent auction proceeds will benefit Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s educational mission. Expect to be dazzled by creations from DiMare’s Pastry Shop of Stamford, SoNo Baking Company of South Norwalk, Cake Suite of Westport, Sugar & Olives of Norwalk, and more! Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite creation. Visions of Gingerbread is supported by popular food blog and media sponsor and 96.7 The Coast.


Vintage dolls, toys, and teddy bears will once again fill gallery space beginning on November 6. Dolls, Toys, & Teddy Bears II plays homage to the toys of our parents and grandparents, featuring dolls, toys, and teddy bears dating from the late 1800s through the 1950s. The exhibition will again have as guest curators Deborah Fratino, of Westport, and Irma Geher, of Stamford. Through their good offices, Dolls, Toys & Teddy Bears II will showcase wonderful vintage toys on loan from private collections. A special section will feature soft toys inspired by much loved storybook characters. Dolls, accessories, toy cars, teddy bears, tin toys: each has a story to tell. From humble, much worn plus toys, to valuable and rare dolls: come with the family, come alone, visit often. Smiles are guaranteed! Dolls, Toys, & Teddy Bears II will be on display through Jan. 9, 2011. This exhibition is supported by media sponsor 96.7 The Coast.


Getting there

Stamford Museum & Nature Center is located at 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT (3/4 mile North of Merritt Parkway Exit 35.) For more information call 203.322.1646 or visit


Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s Mission

Stamford Museum & Nature Center is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity and interaction, seeking to inspire creativity, foster self-discovery, and nurture an appreciation for lifelong learning through exhibitions, educational programs, and special events that enhance the visitor’s experience of our unique site.







Heckscher Farm

Daily 9am-5pm

Animal Embassy

Tues-Sun 10am-2pm

Summer 10am-3:30pm

Nature’s Playground

Daily 9am-5pm

Bendel Mansion (main building)

Mon-Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 11am-5pm

Admission Fees*_ ______________________________________________________

SM&NC members – Free

Adults $10

Seniors (65+) $8

Students (18+) $6 (with valid ID)

Children (4-17) $5

Children (3 and younger) Free    *Excludes festival days & Special Events

Planetarium Show: Members Free. Adults $3; Children 5 and older $2

Observatory: Members Free. Adults $3; Children $2

Friday nights, 8:30-10:30 pm, weather permitting.


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