The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is at 258 Main Street (203-438-4519). Exhibitions reflect the museum’s mission to be a national leader in the exhibition of significant and challenging contemporary art with an emphasis on emerging and mid-career artists. The Aldrich does not have a permanent collection, mounting three cycles of major, temporary exhibitions as well as more than 10 smaller exhibits each year. The museum also offers educational programs and a performing arts series for all ages. The museum’s store offers museum publications, limited edition/unique art works, a line of limited edition art works created specifically for sale at The Aldrich by artists who have exhibited there.

The Aldrich is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5. Admission is $7; $4 for seniors and students; children under 18 free; free admission on Tuesday. The website is

The Keeler Tavern Museum (203-438-5485), 132 Main Street, reflects Ridgefield’s history. Built in 1713, the museum was once an 18th Century tavern, home for many generations of the Keeler family, and later the home of noted architect Cass Gilbert. Today it is a historical museum run by the Keeler Tavern Preservation Society. Costumed guides lead tours through rooms reflecting different periods of the home’s history. Special events are held throughout the year.

In addition to period furnishing, the museum collection includes artwork, costumes, textiles, documents, tools, toys, and the glass plates taken from 1890 to the 1930s by photographer Joseph Hartmann. The museum also maintains a garden in the style of the early 20th century, marking the time Cass Gilbert was in residence. In the front courtyard, a Colonial herb garden has been restored. The gardens are open to the public daily, year round, from dawn to dusk. There is no admission charge.

The museum is open February through December on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4; guided tours by costumed docents are offered. (The museum is closed in January and certain major holidays.) Entry fee is $5 adults, $3 seniors (62 and older) and students, and $2 for children under 12. Members are admitted free. Donations and volunteers are always welcome. Call 203-438-5485 or visit