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Bush-Holley House Museum

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Address: 39 Strickland Rd, Cos Cob, CT 06807-2727
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+1 203-869-6899

A 19th-century boarding house where artists rented rooms and where the...

A 19th-century boarding house where artists rented rooms and where the first Impressionist art colony in the United States was established.

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Wonderful little museum

Almost 300 years of local history on site, including a glimpse into the little known history of slavery in Connecticut. There is also a small gallery with permanent and rotating... read more

Reviewed 24 January 2017
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Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Almost 300 years of local history on site, including a glimpse into the little known history of slavery in Connecticut. There is also a small gallery with permanent and rotating exhibitions. The grounds are well maintained, parking is free, and the $10 admission included a docent guided tour.

Thank ofglass
Cos Cob, Connecticut
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

Take a guided tour and learn about the artist's colony. The buildings and house are very well-kept and give a good feel for historical activities that took place in this little corner of Greenwich.

Thank RocketNinja
London, UK
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Reviewed 28 October 2015

A great place to visit if you're in the area. The house had 2 notable families, the Bushes (1750ish-1850ish) and the Holleys (1875ish-1950ish), and half the house is decorated for each family. Our docent-led tour had 7 people, including the 2 of us. Even though it was a weekday afternoon, someone brought along a 5 year old child, who was... More 

1 Thank neekeem
Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 15 October 2015

This was my first time at the Bush-Holley House, in Cos Cob, and in the state of Connecticut. I spent a couple hours exploring the tranquil enclave of Cos Cob, a section of Greenwich with a beautiful harbor, and this quaint National Historic Landmark. This was the home of the wealthy merchant Bush family from roughly 1750-1850, and half the... More 

1 Thank Dante M
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 10 September 2015 via mobile

Although the guide did a wonderful job in explaining the complex history of this house, it is essential that you buy the guide to the house if you want to fully understand it. There is a small but very interesting gift shop, and we found the history of the slaves and the room that they probably lived in one of... More 

1 Thank robcurtross
Riverside, Connecticut
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Reviewed 6 July 2015

We took the kids when they were little and had a nice time. It is just one building and can be done in a few hours. Tour staff was very good.

1 Thank tom p
New York
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Reviewed 29 June 2015

My family and I have visited the Bush-Holley House a few times now for both their rotating exhibitions presented by the Greenwich Historical Society as well as their standing collection of outstanding artwork in the house proper. Their docents are very knowledgeable and interesting and make the home come alive for the visitor. The rotating exhibitions are very detailed about... More 

1 Thank Eleganceamust
New Canaan, Connecticut
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Reviewed 10 December 2014

On the bank of the Mianus River outlet to The Long Island Sound stands this Colonial House built in 1930, plus its add-ons in later years. It is adjacent to the Greenwich Historical Society with its Gift Shop and Gallery. The Bush-Holley House is distinguished by authentic restoration including slave quarters, and its attention to the Cos Cob Impressionist Colony... More 

1 Thank Elizabeth M
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

We wound up here when rain cancelled our beach day. SO glad. Our tour guide Lucy was fantastic and not only taught us so much about the house specifically but also about general history and art. From the slave quarters up through the Victory Garden, the museum showcases the most interesting aspects of the house's entire history, and the people... More 

2 Thank Bfranz
New York
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

We took a tour of Bush-Holley House Museum. I was quite impressed with the depth of knowledge the docent had and the condition the house and surrounding area had been kept (for the pricey neighborhood). Even if you are not a history guru (I am certainly not), the tour will give you enough understanding of the life the family led... More 

1 Thank rico_chan

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