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“Wonderful little museum”

Bush-Holley House Museum
Ranked #2 of 4 things to do in Cos Cob
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Owner description: A 19th-century boarding house where artists rented rooms and where the first Impressionist art colony in the United States was established.
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.

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank ofglass
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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.

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed 27 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 well-behaved but the docent did pay entirely too much attention to him and skewed the whole visit to appeal more to a child - not ideal, but not a deal-breaker.

Our guide was knowledgeable but did seem a bit nervous. It was okay, though.

The Greenwich Historical Society also has a lovely display in the next door house (where you go to buy your ticket - $10 for an adult). We spent an hour total between the Museum and the House.

The House was about 10 or 15 minutes away by foot from Cos Cob station.

Date of experience: October 2015
1  Thank neekeem
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Reviewed 14 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 house is set in that period. Relics from the Revolutionary era include a stove designed by Ben Franklin, a chair that doubles as a chamber pot, and some wall paper marked with a stamp imposed by the Stamp Act tax on paper goods.

The other half of the house reflects its time as the hub of the Cos Cob Artists Colony during the American Impressionist period. Elmer MacRae was the most famous artist to live here. He often painted impressionist images of his wife and daughters. One of these images was of his daughter Constant "Feeding the Ducks." MacRae would later exhibit that piece at the famous 1913 Armory Show in NYC.

Visitors check in for tours at the Greenwich Historical Society in the small yellow house next door. There is also a small museum about the history of Greenwich and a gift shop in that building. The clerk there and my tour guide were both young, vibrant college age students who were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. I really enjoyed the visit.

Overall: Prime stop in quaint Cos Cob. Definitely worth a couple hours.

Date of experience: October 2015
1  Thank Dante M
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Reviewed 9 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 the most moving parts of our visit.

Another high point was the extraordinary number of paintings that were done in the house and featuring the exact rooms ofthe house. That begins as soon as you walk in the door and you see a young girl in a painting looking at the staircase that you are seeing in real life.

Very much worth while to both of us.

Date of experience: August 2015
1  Thank robcurtross
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