The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

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Important Update

Please note: The Museum will be closed on September 19 for a Members-Only preview and September 20 for a private event.

Academic Programs

The Aldrich partners with preschools, elementary, middle, and high schools, universities, community groups, and home-schooled individuals to collaborate on virtual programs and offer digital resources.

Virtual Sessions

We develop custom programs with flexible rates to address various learning goals through an exploration of our exhibitions. We offer three styles of academic tours, any of which can be tailored to the needs of each group:

Contemporary What?

An introduction to contemporary art, focused on visual literacy and creative expression-great for first-time visitors and those interested in a more general, guided visit.


An investigation into the Museum’s exhibitions through creative writing and design-based activities that build critical thinking and communication.


A focused approach to the connections between The Aldrich’s current exhibitions and Science, Technology, Engineering, Art (+ Design), and Math.

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Classroom Residency

The Aldrich offers a nationally recognized program called Common Ground, in which artists, students, and teachers share an immersive residency that fosters collaboration, creativity, and dialogue centered on social justice.

Questions? Contact Namulen Bayarsaihan, Director of Education, at


Generous support for Education and Public programs is provided by The Leir Foundation; Institute of Museum and Library Services; Anne S. Richardson Fund; Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts; National Endowment for the Arts; Fairfield County Bank; Ridgefield Thrift Shop; The Gage Fund, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Connecticut Humanities.