The Aldrich is one of the few non-collecting contemporary art museums in the United States. Founded on Ridgefieldâ€™s historic Main Street in 1964, the Museum enjoys the curatorial independence of an alternative space while maintaining the registrarial and art-handling standards of a national institution. Exhibitions feature work by emerging and mid-career artists, and education programs inform adults and children about the importance of connecting to our world through contemporary art.
It is the mission of The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art to be a national leader in the exhibition of significant and challenging contemporary art with an emphasis on emerging and mid-career artists, a world-class innovator of museum education programs, and a vital cultural resource for our community.
It is the mission of the Aldrich's curatorial department to present innovative, exciting, diverse contemporary art exhibitions and programs that focus on emerging and mid-career artists. We strive to offer exhibitions of the highest quality and provide opportunities for collaborative, artistic, and curatorial risk taking that respect both artist and audience.
Adults $7, seniors & college students $4
Members, K-12 teachers and children 18 & under FREE
FREE admission on Tuesdays.
Tuesday - Sunday, 12 noon to 5 pm
Closed on Mondays and New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day
Special Holidays: The Museum is open on the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, and Labor Day.
The Aldrich is located at 258 Main Street, two blocks south of Ridgefield center on Route 35. Access from New York is via the Sawmill River Parkway North or Interstate 684, and Route 35 East. Access from Connecticut is via route 7, off Route 15 (Merritt Parkway) or Interstate 95, and Routes 33 or 35.
The Aldrich Museum is a laboratory for museum education: we develop, implement, and evaluate programs that are as inventive, challenging and timely as the art we exhibit. Our programs and materials are designed to help people think in new directions by focusing on the process of looking at and analyzing contemporary art with the hope that these skills translate to the everyday lives of our viewers.
Visiting groups may request a docent-led tour. Docents are volunteer museum guides who can enrich your groupâ€™s viewing experience by facilitating lively discussions and addressing any questions about the works of art on view. Docent-led tours generally last an hour. Tours can be customized for your group with advance notice. Please call as far in advance as possible to reserve your desired tour date.
Docent-led tours are available Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 am to 5 pm. By special arrangement, tours may be scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 5 pm.
How to Schedule
There are many ways to schedule your group's visit. Use the Group Tour Reservation Form*, call the education department at 203.438.4519, or email your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is the support of our friends in the community and from the art world that enables The Aldrich to fulfill its mission to be a national leader in the exhibition of significant and challenging contemporary art with an emphasis on emerging and mid-career artists, a world-class innovator of museum education programs, and a vital cultural resource for our community. We thank you for your support!
Your membership support provides a host of valuable benefits, including FREE admission, program discounts, and behind-the-scenes events.
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum's 25,000 square feet of new and redesigned space accommodates flexible galleries, including a screening room, a sound gallery, a 22-foot-high project space, a 100-seat performance space, a state-of-the art education center, improved visitor amenities including a Museum store, and a redesigned two-acre outdoor exhibition space, The Cornish Family Sculpture Garden. The Museum also has a brand new kitchen with a refrigerator, stove, oven and dishwasher.
All events should be deemed appropriate to the facilities, and should not interfere with the Museum's function or occur during the operating hours of the Museum. We do not provide rental facilities for personal parties such as weddings, birthday parties, bar mitzvahs or the like.
Organizations interested in using the Museum for an event are invited to complete the application process. Applications will only be reviewed after the rental policy has been read and signed by the applicant.