* = Exhibits for children.
MUSEUMS
* The Bruce Museum, Tues.-Sat., 10 to 5, Sun., 2 to 5 (Closed Easter Sunday); $7/adults, $6/students and seniors, free/under 5, free adm. for all on Tuesdays;  One Museum Drive, Greenwich, 203-869-0376: Northern Baroque Splendor, The Hohenbuchau Collection: from Liechtenstein, The Princely Collections, Vienna, Sept. 20-April 12. (Re)Discovering the ‘New World’: Maps and Sea Charts from the Age of Exploration, Feb. 7-June 7, 30 maps and charts from 1511 to 1757.
* The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, open Tues.-Sun., 12-5;  $10/adults and $5/srs.; free adm. for full-time teachers and students in grades K-12, and for active-service military families; free for all on Tuesdays;  free docent-led tours on Tues. and Sun. at 1 p.m.; 258 Main St., Ridgefield, 203-438-4519. 50th Anniversary Exhibits: Part II: Richard Artschwager, Eva Hesse, Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, Richard Serra, through April 5. Mary Beth Edelson: Six Story Gathering Boxes (1972-2014), through April 5; Kate Gilmore: A Roll in the Way, through April 5; Ernesto: Body That Gravitates on Me, through April 5; David Scanavino: Imperial Texture, through April 5; Cary Smith: Your Eyes They Turn Me, through April 5; Jackie Winsor, through April 5.
* Keeler Tavern Museum, 132 Main St., Ridgefield; 203-438-5485 or keelertavernmuseum.org; open 1-4 p.m., Sat., Sun., & Wed., last tour at 3:30; Feb. 28-Dec. 31; $8/adults, $5/srs., youth under 18 and students w/ID; 300 years of Ridgefield history. Abstracted Landscapes: new work by Sencer Eldridge, opening Fri., April 10, 6-9 p.m. at the tavern’s Carriage Barn, on view Wed.-Sun., 11-4, April 11-19; Ridgefield Arts Council “Generator” event with the artist Mon., April 13, 7:30 p.m.
* Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave., Norwalk;  open Tues.-Sun., 10-5; $15/person (under 1, free), srs. (over 62), $10; www.steppingstonesmuseum.org or 203-899-0606: Energy Lab; Tot Town; Healthyville, learn about your body and how to keep it healthy;  Build It!, learning about architectural design and construction; art studio and science lab; ColorCoaster; Light Gallery; My Sky, created by the Boston Children’s Museum and Smithsonian Astrophysical Obsservatory; café and gift shop. New Exhibits: Express Yourself, focusing on social-emotional learning.
* Danbury Railway Museum, 120 White St., Danbury; 203-778-8337; danbury.org/drm:  adm. $4/adults, $2/children (5-15); winter hours: Wed.-Sat., 10-4, Sun., 12-4; (summer hours: Tues.-Sat., 10-5, Sun., 12-5); Vintage diesel-electric locomotives, all built by American Locomotive Company in Schenectady, N.Y., on view in the railyard.
Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield University, Quick Center for the Arts; open Mon.-Fri., 11-5 and one hour before and during intermission of performances; fairfield.edu/walshgallery or 203-254-4062: Ghosts in the Landscape: Vietnam Revisited, March 26-June 6.
Bellarmine Museum of Art at Fairfield University; 1073 North Benson Rd., Fairfield; fairfield.edu or 203-254-4046: Gari Melchers: An American Impressionist at Home and Abroad, March 5-May 22.
Barnum Museum, 820 Main Street, Bridgeport; 203-331-1104 x100 or visit barnum-museum.org: Recovery in Action, Thur.-Fri., 11-3, free adm.,  enter through double doors at rear of historic building.
* The Discovery Museum, 4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport; 203-372-3521; Tues.-Sun., 10-5; New Year’s Eve till 2; closed Jan. 1; open Jan. 2-4, 10-5; museum and planetarium, $9.50 adults, $8 children, seniors, students, free under 2; daily planetarium shows, Challenger Learning Center, call for schedule;  many interactive exhibits. Gustave Whitehead: First in Flight Exhibit, incl. half-size model of the plane; Mother Earth, Father Sky, oil paintings by Mia Lipstick, Feb. 19-May 18.
Yale University Art gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven; open Tues.-Sun., free adm.; artgallery.yale.edu or 203-432-0600: The Critique of Reason: Romantic Art, 1760-1860, joint exhibition with the Yale Center for British Art, March 6-July 26.
* Katonah Museum of Art, open Tues.-Sat., 10-5, Sun. 12-5; adm. free 10 a.m. to noon Tues.-Fri.; guided tours Tues.-Sun. at 2:30; adm. $10; srs. (60+) and students, $5; under 12/free;  Rte. 22/134 Jay St., Katonah, N.Y., 914-232-9555, www.katonahmuseum.org: Yellow Orb/Homage to Van Gogh by sculptor John Ruppert, on the front lawn, through May 2015. A Home for Art: Edward Larrabee Barnes and the KMA, March 29-June 28, overview of his career, close look at many Westchester homes he designed, as well as the museum, and Chris Larson: The Katonah Relocation Project, March 29-June 28.
Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase, N.Y.; Tues.-Sun., 12-5; $5 adm., $3/srs., students, free/12 and younger; 914-251-6100 or neuberger.org: Kuba Textiles: Geometry in Form, Space, and Time, March 1-June 14.
Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, 3011 Whitney Ave., Hamden; open Wed., 10-4, Thur., 10-7, Fri.-Sat., 10-5, Sun., 1-5; info., ighm.org.
Knights of Columbus Museum, 1 State St., New Haven; open 10-5 daily, free adm.; info., 203-865-0400 or visit kofcmuseum.org: Answering the Call, religious ministry and medical care for soldiers in the Civil War, as well as a history of the 9th Connecticut Volunteer Regiment, March 14-Sept. 20.
* Skitch Henderson Museum at Hunt Hill Farm; a slice of Skitch’s life – radio with Frank Sinatra, the first Tonight Show program with Steve Allen,  Henderson American Music Archive and items from Skitch’s collections – aviation, banks, musical instruments; Silo Gallery: Eye Candy, Washington artists Ken Cornet and Tyler Farmen, March 28-May 5, recept. Sat., March 28, 3-5 p.m.; Hunt Hill Farm, 44 Upland Rd.,  New Milford; open 10 to 5, Wed.-Sat., 12-5, Sun.; 860-355-0300; hunthillfarmtrust.org.
ARTS CENTERS
Ridgefield Guild of Artists, 34 Halpin Lane; open Wed.-Sun., 12-4, 203-438-8863 or rgoa.org: A Handful of Images, a collection of black & white, April 4, Upstairs Gallery.
Silvermine Arts Center, 1037 Silvermine Rd., New Canaan; gallery hours Wed.-Sat., noon to 5, Sun., 1 to 5; silvermineart.org or 203-966-9700.
Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Mathews Park, 299 West Ave., Norwalk; contemprints.org or 203-899-7999: WPA: JOBS, original prints, archival materials, video and audio interviews, wall texts, and tools of artist/printmaker, Louis Schanker (1903-1981), March 28-May 23.
Greenwich Art Society Annual Juried Exhibiion, March 27-April 22, The Bendheim Gallery, Greenwich Arts Center, 299 Greenwich Ave.; info., 203-629-1533.
Art Society of Old Greenwich Spring Art Show, April 1-30, Garden Education Center, 130 Bible St., Cos Cob; open Mon.-Fri., 9-4; info., artsocietyofoldgreenwich.com.
Loft Artists Association, East Gallery 575 Pacific St., Stamford; loftartists.com or 203-247-2027:  gallery hours Sat.-Sun., 1-4:30 p.m.; Nature Talk, exhibit by Clair Koch & Rosa Colón, March 28-May 3, artists’ recept., Fri., April 10, 6-8:30 p.m.; A Mix of Six by LAA members, March 28-May 3.
Rowayton Arts Center, 145 Rowayton Ave., rowaytonartscenter.org or 203-866-2744; Tues.-Sat., noon to 5, Sun., 1-4 (except Jan.-March): Community-Sponsored Awards Exhibit, April 5-26, reception Sun., April 12, 4-6 p.m.
Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Ave.; Mon.-Sat., 10-5, Sun., 12-4; westportartscenter.org or 203-222-7070: Leonard Everett Fischer: A Restrospective, March 27-April 25; High School Student Art Exhibition, March 27-April 25 in the Project Space.
Fairfield County Arts Associaton presentation by Leona Frank of Westport, talk about painting in acrylic, Wed., April 8, 7 p.m., Roger Ludlowe Middle School Library, Fairfield; info., fairfieldcountyarts.com or 203-259-8026.
Artspace, 50 Orange St., New Haven; artspacenh.org or 203-772-2709: Vertical Reach: Political Protest and the Militant Aesthetic Now, socially engaged works by collectives and individuals from Russia, Poland and Ukraine, revolving around Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in March 2014, organized by Sarah Fritchey and Martha Willette Lewis, Feb. 20-May 3.
Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon St., New Haven; creativeartsworkshop.org or 203-562-4927: The Prizewinners Show — Box Pot: The Contained Container, 14 artists’ work; March 13-April 4, Mon.-Fri., 10-5, Sat., 10-noon.
LIBRARIES
Easton Public Library, 691 Morehouse Rd., Easton: The Art of Anthony Santomauro, April 4-May 12; recept., Sat., April 11, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.;  pastels, charcoal and acrylics; info., santomauroart.com.
Flinn Gallery, at the Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Ave.,; flinngallery.com or 203-622-7947: KA-POW! When Comics Imperiled America, March 19-April 29; gallery talks Sun., April 12 & 19, 2 p.m.
Kershner Gallery at the Fairfield Library, 1080 Old Post Rd., Fairfield; fairfieldpubliclibrary.org: In Our Worlds, the art of Rahul Mehra, debra Schaffer and tina Sommers, March 7-April 25.
New Canaan Library, 151 Main St.; newcanaanlibrary.org of 203-594-5000: The al-Mutanabbi Street Project by Nomi Silverman, mixed medium print collection from a project in response to a car bomb attack in Baghdad in 2007, March 26-May 3.
Westport Public Library, 20 Jesup Rd., Westport; 203-291-4800 or westportlibrary.org: Sherwood Island, 1975-2015, exhibit by photographer Larry Silver, March 27-June 27; Westport & The Emerald Isle, exhibit about the Westport Irish immigrant community dating from the 19th Century, March 1-April 14. Paint, Paper & Found Objects, opening recept. Tues., April 7, 6-7 p.m., through June 14.
HISTORICAL
* Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road (Route 7), 203-762-7257: period rooms in the Betts-Sturges-Blackmar House; June Myles’ Hooked Rugs and Denyse Schmidt: In the Making, Historic Inspirations/New Quilts; Betts Store, offering unique American-made items, from fine art to jewelry, books to redware, toys and more;  gift shop; Wed.-Sat., 10-4.
* Weir Farm National Historic Site, 735 Nod Hill Rd., Wilton, 203-834-1896 or www.nps.gov/wefa: grounds open daily dawn to dusk; Burlingham House Visitor Ctr., Jan.-March, Sat.-Sun., 10-4 (Thur.-Sun., 10-4, April-Dec.): 30-min. intro tour, Sat. at 11 and 3, Sun. at 11, 1 and 3; 1-hour stone wall tour, Sat. at 1; reg. required for tours; admin. offices open Mon.-Fri., 9-5; info., incl. current program and tour sched., call or visit Web site.
* Darien Historical Society, 45 Old Kings Highway North; 203-655-9233 or darienhistorical.org: Tues.-Thur., noon to 5, and Sun., noon to 3: Front Page!!! April 1865... in the New York Times. Our Nation’s Triumph & Tragedy in 30 Original Issues!, March 20-May 31.
* New Canaan Historical Society, 13 Oenoke Ridge (Rte. 124), in the Town House Gallery; Tues.-Fri., 10-4, Sat., 10-12; 203-966-1776 or nchistory.org: In Our Own Backyard —Augustus Smith (1858-1942) and Richard Daggy (1892-1973), spring show.
The Glass House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Prservation, open May 1-Nov. 30; headquarters at 199 Elm St., New Canaan; tour tickets now on sale, theglasshouse.org
Greenwich Historical Society, Bush-Holley Historic Site, 39 Strickland Rd., Cos Cob; open Wed.-Sun., 12-4 (docent led tours at 1, 2 and 3); 203-869-6899, ext. 10 or www.greenwichhistory.org; adm. to gallery, visitor ctr. & house museum, $10/adults, $8/srs. and students, members and under 6 free ; group tours at $7/person avail. on public and non-public days; library and archives open Wed., 10-4 and by appt., adm. offices open Mon.-Fri., 9-5; gallery hours Wed.-Sun., 12-4.
Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum, Mathews Park, 295 West Ave., Norwalk; open for tours Wed.-Sun., at noon, 1, 2, and 3; adm. $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for children (8-18); info., lockwoodmathewsmansion.com or 203-838-9799; re-opening April 8: Tropical Luxuriance: The Mansion’s Conservatory, 1868-1880, newly restored, April 8-Jan. 6; Full Bloom: The Artist’s View on Gilded Age Botanicals, April 9-May 3, opening recept. Thur., April 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place; Mon.-Fri., 10-4, Sat., 12-4; westporthistory.org or 203-222-1424: Saugatuck @ Work — Haven of Community, Commerce, Innovation, featuring Robert L. Lamdin’s mural depicting Saugatuck in the 19th Century, also historic photographs and other accompanying objects; through June 14.
* Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Rd., behind the old Town Hall; open daily, 10-4; research library open Tues.-Fri., 10-4; adults, $5, students w/ ID, $3, children 5 and under, free; info., www.fairfieldhs.org or 203-259-1598. Mobilizing the Home Front: Posters from World War II, Jan. 16-May 10; Fashion and Fantasy: 250 Years of Wedding Dresses, Feb. 19-May 31; Museum After Dark. Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past, ongoing exhibit.
Danbury Museum & Historical Society, 43 Main St., Danbury; Wed.-Fri., 9-4 Sat., 10-4, guided tours on Sat. only; research visits by appt. only; 203-743-5200 or danburymuseum.org.
* John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, Rte. 22, Katonah, N.Y.; 914-232-5651 or www.johnjayhomestead.org: guided tours offered Tues.-Sat., 10-4; Sun., 11-4; $7/adults, $5/srs., students, free up to age 12.
NATURE/SCIENCE
* Darien Nature Center, 120 Brookside Rd.; free adm. Mon.-Thur., 9-4; Fri.-Sat., 9-1; 203-655-7459: ongoing exhibits.
* The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 North Water St., Norwalk; 203-852-0700 or maritimeaquarium.org; open daily, 10-5 (till 6 in July and August; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas); $19.95 adults, $17.95, youth (13-17) & seniors, $12.95 children 3-12 (various combination passes avail. incl. IMAX theater): sharks, seals, river otters, sea turtles, jellies and more than 100 other species; Marine Lab, Ocean Playspace for toddlers, seal feedings at 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 and 3:45 p.m. daily; Shark & Ray Touch Pool in the new Sharks & Rays Gallery; Meerkats, special exhibit. Jiggle A Jelly,  touch-a-jellyfish exhibit, weekends.
* Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, 10 Woodside Lane, Westport; open Mon.-Sat., 9-5, Sun., 1-4 (closed major holidays); adm. $7/adults, $5/ages 1-12 & srs.; free adm. to trails and property, daily 7 a.m.-dusk; interactive nature museum, live wildlife, family program on Sat.; 203-227-7253; earthplace.org.
* Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Rd.; adm. $5/adults, $3/children, srs.; greenwich.audubon.org or 203-869-5272: Kiernan Hall Nature Arts Gallery, in the Kimberlin Nature Education Center, open daily, 10-5; trails and grounds open daily sunrise to sunset (occasionally closed until 9 a.m., Sept. into Jan. for land management);  Oppenheimer Gallery: Masterpieces of Botanical Art and Audubon’s Birds of Prey.
* New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge (Rte. 124); 203-966-9577 (for New York Botanical Garden program reg., call 1-800-322-6924):  Saturday Videos, family program every Sat. at 2; Saturday Live Animal Demonstrations, every Sat. at 3. Center open Mon.-Sat., 9-4, Sun., 9-1; grounds open dawn to dusk daily.
* Stepping Stones Museum, 303 West Ave., Norwalk; adm. $15/adults and children (under 1, free), $10/srs.; family memberships avail. Get Into It! FREE on the first Thur. of the month, 5-8 p.m.; open Tues.-Sun., 10-5 (also open Mon., Memorial Day through Labor Day); numerous hands-on ongoing and visiting exhibits and events; steppingstonesmuseum.org or call 203-899-0606.
* Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd., Mon.-Sat., holidays, 9-5, Sun., 11-5; non-res. adults $10, srs. and students (18+ w/ID), $8, children 4-17, $5, age 3 and younger, free; 203-322-1646 or stamfordmuseum.org: Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney, Feb. 14-May 25.
* Bartlett Aboretum & Gardens, 151 Brookdale Rd., Stamford; Mon.-Fri., 9-5, Sat., 10-5; info., 203-322-6971 or bartlettarboretum.org.
* Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr St., Fairfield; adm. $2/adults, $1/children; 203-259-6305 x109 or ctaudubon.org: 155-acre wildlife sanctuary, 7 miles of trails through woodlands, streams, meadows, marshes, ponds, open daily dawn to dusk; Birds of Prey compound; nature center w/exhibits and Nature Store, open Mon.-Sat., 10-3.
* Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport; generally animals of the Americas; Tropics building (open 10:30-3:30); carousel; cafe and gift shop; open daily 9-4; adults $14, children 3-11 and seniors, $10, under 3, free; beardsleyzoo.org.
Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University, Mon.-Sat., 10-5, Sun., 12-5; adm. $9, $8/srs., $5/children 3-18; 170 Whitney Ave., New Haven; info., 203-432-5050 or peabody.yale.edu.
GALLERIES, ETC.
Sorelle Gallery, 84 Main St., New Canaan; 203-920-1900 or email info@sorellegallery.com:  A Moment in Time: Works by Julia Contacessi and Carol Young, March 12-April 14; Mon.-Sat., 10-6, Sun, 12-5.
Heather Gaudio Fine Art, 21 South Ave., New Canaan; 203-801-9590 or heathergaudiofineart.com: Jasmina Danowski: Taking in the Obscenery, Feb. 21-April 11.
Rockwell Art and Framing, 236 Post Rd. East, Westport; rockwellartandframing.com: Random Acts of Color, recent paintings by Felton Weller, Jan. 29-May 1.
The Mayor’s Gallery, 10th floor Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd., Stamford; weekdays 9-4: Stamford Art Association at 45, painting, watercolor, prints, photography, mixed media, three-dimensional work, etc., March 2-May 1.
Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, 96 Bedford St., Stamford; flalvarezgallery.com: Light is the Lion: Nathan Lewis, through April 18.
The Sackler Gallery at the Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford; 203-325-4466 or palacestamford.org: Women’s Creations, March 27-April 8.
PMW Gallery, 530 Roxbury Rd.; pmwgallery.com or 203-322-5427: Sporting Dreams, painting by Larry Dodd Wheeler, March 15-April 8, by appointment.
22 Haviland Street Gallery, 22 Haviland St., South Norwalk; 203-852-6727: NESTing, April 12-May 10, artist recept. Sun., April 12, 2-5 p.m.
Galerie Sono, 123 Washington St., South Norwalk; sonogalerie.com or 203-831-8332: Welcome to Spring, oil paintings by Hunt Slonem, March 28-April 18.
Amy Simon Fine Art, 1869 Post Rd. East, Westport; amysimonfineart.com or 203-259-1500: Conspicuous Nature: Scott Bennett, Jeri Eisenberg, Fumiko Today, March 13-April 25.
The Lionheart Gallery, 27 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge, N.Y.; open Wed.-Sat., 11-5, Sun., 12-5; info., thelionheartgallery.com or 914-764-8689: Art by Whit, satirical painted commentaries by White Conrad, March 7-April 26.
Art Young Gallery in the Historic 1842 Second Meeting House, 40 Main St., Bethel; bethelhistoricalsociety.com: Grand Opening exhibit, featuring his cartoons, first solo Art Young show since 1939, March 28-April 26.
Cultural Alliance of Western CT, 2015 Accessible Art Series: 7 exhibits at 7 businesses, April 6-June 4; information, 203-798-0760 or visit artswesternct.org; Variations@287, featuring works by Robert L. Ferrucci and Anthony Masina, on view through April 10, Mon.-Fri., 10-4 and by appt.; 287 Main St., Danbury.
Art & Frame of Danbury, 60 Newtown Rd.; 203-748-0197: Marden & Kara, paintings by Megan Marden and pottery by Frank Kara, through April 18; Bloom, juried group exhibition of spring-inspired art, April 25-June 6.
Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Have; Tues.-Fri., 10-5, Thur. till 8 (Sept.-June), and Sat.-Sun., 11-5; artgallery.yale.edu or 203-432-0600: Whistler in Paris, London and Venice, etchings, Jan. 30-July 19; The Critique of Reason: Romantic Art, 1760-1860, March 6-July 26.
Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., New Haven; 203-432-3800 or britishart.yale.edu:  temporarily closed, re-opening spring 2016.
Reynolds Fine Art, 96 Orange St., New Haven; reynoldsfineart.com or 203-498-2200: Abstract works by Sara Abalan, opening reception Fri., April 3, 5-8 p.m.
ATCG — The Genome Project, encaustic paintings from a series by Nash Hyon, on view at the new Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, Farmington; info., 203-834-1417 or email nhyon@snet.net.