Our Mission

Publicly inaugurated on October 25, 2010, the Bellarmine Museum of Art (BMA) at Fairfield University is the fruit of many years' labor. The museum's mission statement makes its objectives clear:

Art is a universal language, capable of uniting individuals and societies across time, space, and history: It has the capacity to teach, to delight, and to move. Art is a critical component of a holistic educational experience. These principles have long been championed by Fairfield University through its steadfast commitment to the Humanities and the Jesuit pedagogical tradition. They equally inform the activities of the Bellarmine Museum, which is devoted to facilitating lifelong learning opportunities for its visitors and supporters, while simultaneously helping these individuals cultivate a deeper sense of themselves and of the transcendent.

The Bellarmine Museum is dedicated to preserving, studying, and exhibiting those objects entrusted to its care, while never losing sight of its obligation to educate and inspire its many audiences, for the greater enrichment of all.


Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Visitors are welcome while the University is in session, from 9:30 - 4:30, Mon. - Fri. We are closed for all University holidays. We are open on selected Saturday afternoons, please check the calendar for those dates.


The BMA is free and open to the public!

Groups of 10 or more are kindly requested to make an appointment in advance (museum@fairifeld.edu or 203-254-4046). For information on school groups, please click here.

Guided tours (50 minutes) are available by appointment only. Rates are as follows:

1-15 visitors
Guided tour with Student Intern: $50
Guided tour with Museum Docent: $100
Guided tour with Museum Director: $200

16-30 visitors
Guided tour with Student Intern: $100
Guided tour with Museum Docent: $150
Guided tour with Museum Director: $250

For the safety and well-being of our guests, as well as our collections, groups are capped at 30 people.

Fees for special activities vary. Please consult our calendar or contact us at museum@fairfield.edu for further information.

Please note that visitors are required to leave all backpacks, umbrellas, large shopping bags, and purses or carrier bags that are 12"x16" or larger in the cloakroom. Wheelchairs, service dogs, and other aids for visitors with special needs are permitted in the galleries.

Directions and Parking

Rental Information

Fairfield University is pleased to make the Bellarmine Museum of Art available for rent by private parties* outside of the museum's regular hours of operation.

All events held at the museum are expected to complement the character and mission of both Fairfield University and the Bellarmine Museum of Art. Private parties celebrating weddings, children's birthdays, fashion, trade, or flower shows may not be held at the museum. Please refer to the Rental and Events Policy for further details.

For more information, please contact the Office of Conference & Event Management at (203) 254-40000 ext 3288 or ext 2376.  Or via email at ecarroll@fairfield.edu

*Some restrictions apply, please read the policy.

Contact Information

Bellarmine Museum of Art
Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
(203) 254-4046

Contact Information

Mike Horyczun
(203) 254-4000, ext. 2647