This new, hands-on exhibition invites visitors to explore the history of Fairfield and its region for nearly 400 years. Look inside a Native American wigwam, climb into an American Revolution fort, decipher a spy code, and sit on a 19th century trolley. Young and old alike will enjoy learning how people worked, lived, and built communities over time by exploring original objects, individual stories, and engaging activities. Sponsored by CT Humanities, Fairfield County Community Foundation, The Perry Family and Southport Area Association.
Fairfield Back & Forth
Lenticular Imagery by Miggs Burroughs
December 19 – February 18, 2014
Visitors will be mesmerized by images that transform from 19th century photos to present-day scenes in Westport artist’s Miggs Burroughs new lenticular photography show. Sponsored by the Betty R. and Ralph Sheffer Foundation.
Museum After Dark – Exhibit Opening
Thursday, December 19 5pm – 7pm
$5 suggested donation, free for members.
Enjoy the exhibit opening, a short talk by Miggs Burroughs, refreshments and holiday shopping in the Museum Shop!
Wakeman: The First 100 Years
November 23, 2013 – January 5, 2014
Take a photographic trip down Memory Lane, Wakeman style! The exhibit follows the evolution of Wakeman Boys & Girls Club from one building in Southport that served 50 boys in 1913 to three clubhouses in Southport, Fairfield, and Bridgeport. The exhibit highlights some of Wakeman’s most recognizable leaders and defining moments.
Opened in 1913, Wakeman Boys & Girls Club is celebrating its 100th Anniversary throughout this year. Wakeman currently serves 4,200 children from Fairfield and Bridgeport at the Southport and Stratfield Clubhouses in Fairfield and the Smilow-Burroughs Clubhouse in Bridgeport. Wakeman’s Outreach Program at McKinley Elementary School is in its ninth year of providing an award-winning mentoring program for McKinley students. Learn more about Wakeman’s programs and 100th Anniversary celebration!
There’s a Map for That!
August 15 – November 15, 2013
Explore the ways in which our state has been surveyed, charted, imagined, and pictured with There’s a Map for That!, a special exhibition organized by Connecticut Explored in celebration of the magazine’s 10th anniversary. There’s a Map for That! explores many faces of Connecticut and the whys and ways of mapping them with large-scale, full-color reproductions of rarely-seen historic maps from the 18th century to the present.
Modern cartographers think of maps as media for transmitting information about every kind of space and place. Like other kinds of pictures, maps select what they show according to purpose. Most are strictly practical. But some select for beauty as well as utility, and historic maps acquire uses their makers never intended by showing us past objects now vanished and past vacancies now occupied. In maps, science, art, and history all mingle.
In Vogue: A Runway of Vintage Fashion
Due to unforeseen circumstances, this exhibit is no longer on view.