The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

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The Aldrich

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Welcome to The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum! The Museum is located on Main Street in historic downtown Ridgefield, Connecticut an hour and a half north of New York City. Our campus includes a two-acre Sculpture Garden and is walking distance from a Revolutionary War battlefield, and many restaurants and shops.

Stop by the Front Desk to learn more about what to do in town during your visit.

Learn more about upcoming exhibitions and programs by subscribing to our e-newsletter.

We’re open today from 12 pm to 5 pm
258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877

Hours and Admission

Hours
Date Time
Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm
Monday 12 pm to 5 pm
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 12 pm to 5 pm
Thursday 12 pm to 5 pm
Friday 12 pm to 5 pm
Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
Admission
Category Price
Adults $12
Seniors $7
Students $7
Members
Educators
Children under 13
Military Families
Third Saturdays
Free
Contact us at 203.438.4519 or general@thealdrich.org
Eva LeWitt Exhibition
The Aldrich

Plan a Visit

The Aldrich is committed to providing a welcoming and accessible environment for all. We extend an inclusive and respectful invitation for visitors to engage, learn, and be inspired by their visit to the Museum. For help navigating the Museum or any questions you may have please ask our Visitor Experience team members or reach out to us here. We are pleased to have reopened after an extended closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We all play a role in safety and have put a variety of health and safety precautions in place to ensure the well-being of our visitors and staff.

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By Train from New York City

Take Metro North’s Harlem Line to the Katonah Station. The train ride is approximately one hour. From the train station, take a 20-minute car ride (via Katonah Taxi, Uber, or Lyft) to the Museum. If taking Uber or Lyft, please note that there may be a wait time for your car to arrive due to limited availability in the area. If taking Katonah Taxi, you may schedule your pick-up time in advance.

By Shuttle

For special events and programs the Museum runs a shuttle from the Katonah Metro North train station to the Museum. For more information, to browse upcoming dates, and to purchase tickets visit https://shop.aldrichart.org/

By Car

The Aldrich is a short drive from many major metropolitan areas – 1.5 hours from New York City, 3 hours from Philadelphia, and 3 hours from Boston – and is located near I-95 and I-84. Free parking is available on site. Use Google Maps for driving directions.

The Aldrich
258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877

The Aldrich does not have a café on site, however we are located on Ridgefield’s historic Main Street a five-minute walk from many restaurants, coffee shops, and cafés. See our recommendations

The Shop features a selection of specially-commissioned limited edition works of art, publications, and artful small items, with all purchases supporting The Aldrich’s exhibitions and educational programs. Aldrich members receive 15% off Shop purchases and 10% off Aldrich Editions.

Noncommercial photography is allowed, except for any works marked with a no photography sign. Video and flash photography, and equipment such as tripods, are not permitted. Professional commissioned photography requires prior written permission from The Aldrich. Contact general@thealdrich.org to learn more. Sketching is permitted throughout the Museum—please use only pencils in the galleries.

Restrooms are located on the first floor and the handicapped stalls are equipped with changing stations

We have an elevator on site.

Free parking is available at the Museum.

Strollers are permitted throughout The Aldrich. Nursing mothers who would like quiet and privacy should inquire at the Front Desk.

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is a private institution devoted to serving the public. We require that visitors adhere to the protocols and Code of Conduct outlined below, which apply to the Museum’s galleries and grounds. If you are feeling ill, we ask that you please wait to visit the Museum at a later date.

Timed-entry tickets or reservations required; Each of us plays a role in keeping the Museum safe for visitors and staff and by purchasing or reserving tickets, you are agreeing to adhere to The Aldrich’s Code of Conduct. Questions about tickets and reservations? Please contact general@thealdrich.org.

Face masks are required for visitors older than age 2, and for all staff members (who will be wearing masks created by Aldrich alumni artist Laleh Khorramian); if a visitor requests not to wear a mask due to a pre-existing medical condition, please contact us to arrange a visit when the Museum is closed to the public.

Social distancing is required and will be enforced; parties may remain together; children must stay with adults at all time

No food or beverages

Credit or debit cards only; no cash permitted for any on-site purchases

If you have a smart phone, bring it with you! We have migrated materials and placed additional information on our website. We have public WiFi that you can use to expand your visit with QR codes, sign on to AldrichMuseum_Hotspot. To use a QR code simply open your phone’s camera and point at the code, a message will drop down; please click to continue to content.

Resources For Your Visit

In an effort to keep our visitors safe, The Aldrich has taken the following precautions:

  • All Museum staff must test negative for COVID-19 before returning to work; testing will continue while COVID-19 remains
  • Visitor capacity is capped at 45 visitors at a time
  • An acrylic panel has been placed at the Front Desk to keep staff and visitors apart
  • Touchless hand sanitizing stations are installed throughout the Museum
  • High touch surfaces within the Museum are cleaned three times a day (four times a day on Saturdays) by staff with a 70% denatured alcohol solution
  • Mondays and Wednesdays from 12 noon to 2:30 pm are reserved for visitors ages 60+
  • Our coat room, camera obscura, and water fountains are closed
  • Our Shop has been converted to a contactless display shop
  • Visitors who wish to make a purchase should notify the staff at the Front Desk who will package purchases from the Museum’s stock
  • We have removed all materials from the Museum, including maps and brochures, and have migrated this information to our website
  • All visitors must follow a set, one-way route through the Museum
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum on a map

Itineraries

Day Trip

The Aldrich is located in Fairfield County on the border of Westchester County near many great cultural institutions that are worth spending a day exploring. We recommend The Glass House, Grace Farms, Weir Farm National Historic Site, and the Katonah Museum of Art. The Museum is also close to several beautiful state parks and hiking trails. You can learn more with the Ridgefield Open Spaces guide here.

Overnight Trip

Extend your trip to the Museum and explore all that Ridgefield and the surrounding area have to offer. Spend the night in town at the West Lane Inn, a boutique bed and breakfast walking distance from the Museum or at the contemporary Hotel Zero Degrees in Danbury, a twenty-minute drive from the Museum. Take in a show at ACT of Connecticut or The Ridgefield Playhouse. Explore the region and visit the Bruce Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, Storm King Art Center, Dia:Beacon, Magazzino Italian Art, and The Wassaic Project.

The Glass House by Philip Johnson

The Glass House by Philip Johnson

Storm King Art Center

Storm King Art Center

The Studio
The Studio

The Studio

The Studio is a dedicated space for learning and making for visitors of all ages to explore ideas, questions, and develop meaning around contemporary art and culture. The Studio is currently closed for art-making and public programs due to COVID-19. The space has been transformed into a temporary video screening room.

The Studio
The Studio

Accessibility

The Aldrich is committed to providing a welcoming and accessible environment for all. We extend an inclusive and respectful invitation for visitors to engage, learn, and be inspired by their visit to the Museum. For help navigating the Museum or any questions you may have please ask our Visitor Experience team members or reach out to us here.

The Aldrich is pleased to offer several opportunities to visit at no cost.

Admission is free the third weekend of each month as part of our Third Weekends program. For more information on upcoming Third Weekends and special programming visit our Events page.

We participate in Museums for All, offering free admission for up to four visitors to individuals and families presenting a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.

We also participate in Blue Star Museums, offering free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve.

Parking spaces adjacent to the museum in the parking lot are free for use to all visitors.

Wheelchairs are available and disinfected before use; please ask the Front Desk for options.

Service animals are welcome to visit the Museum.

There are accessible restrooms on the first floor of the Museum.

For visitors who are blind or have low vision: the Museum is equipped with braille directional signage. These signs have been included in our cleaning protocols for health and safety. Our staff are available to give verbal descriptions of the artwork on view and assist with any wayfinding.

For visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing: The Museum works to ensure that all multimedia exhibitions are captioned, if possible.

Please ask about captioned works upon arrival.

For visitors with Autism: the Museum is often less crowded during open hours on weekdays and mornings and late afternoons on weekends. Please call ahead to find out about your visit date. The galleries are kept between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. If you need quiet space during your visit, please ask a Museum staff member to help you locate a suitable place. You may also step outside into the Sculpture Garden through the doors located in the Museum’s lobby on the first floor.

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