“Oysters, Pearls of Long Island Sound” will be at Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive in Greenwich, from Saturday, Nov. 2, until Sunday, March 23, 2014.
According to the museum, “Oysters play a significant role in ecosystems and economies. These bivalve mollusks have sustained Native Americans and created waterside cultures. The Long Island Sound’s native oyster, the Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica), is a keystone species in the local environment, providing critical habitat and food for many other species, recycling nutrients, cleaning the water as it feeds, and driving an industry. Its value lies in these worthy attributes rather than in its potential for jewels. Like other true oysters, the Eastern oyster rarely produces a pearl. If it does make one, the pearl lacks the lustrous quality of those produced by pearl oysters, which are in a different family.”
The exhibit will explore the science and history of the Eastern oyster in Long Island Sound. It was o\rganized with the assistance of scientists and historians and developed in cooperation with the Town of Greenwich Shellfish Commission.
Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
Admission is $7, $6 students, $6 seniors, free for members and children younger than 5.
Oysters Exhibit In Greenwich
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