Bruce Museum announces Oysters, Pearls of Long Island Sound

. October 30, 2013

Bruce Museum in Greenwich presents Oysters, Pearls of Long Island Sound an exhibition on view November 2, 2013 – March 23, 2014.

Childe Hassam (American, 1859 – 1935) Oyster Sloop, Cos Cob, 1902 Oil on canvas National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection, 1970.17.100

Childe Hassam (American, 1859 – 1935) Oyster Sloop, Cos Cob, 1902 Oil on canvas National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection, 1970.17.100

Found in estuaries around the world, oysters are a favored delicacy for humans and play a valuable role in ecosystems and economies. These unassuming mollusks have sustained Native Americans, cleaned polluted harbors, provided critical habitat, and created waterside cultures.

• Explore the science and natural history of oysters, particularly the Long Island Sound’s native Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica).
• Examine the biology and ecology of this common bivalve and compare the Eastern oyster to other species worldwide.
• Learn why this sensuous food, favored by connoisseurs, has a distinctive flavor that varies with its environment.
• Find out which oysters produce the best pearls.
• Discover the rich history of oyster fishing in the Long Island Sound and recent efforts to restore oyster beds.

The exhibition will feature hands-on interactive displays, videos, and historical objects that appeal to all ages.

More information: http://brucemuseum.org

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