The Fairfield Museum is presenting an ambitious series of exhibitions and programs to commemorate Fairfield’s 375th anniversary in 2014! Check our Program Calendar for exciting programs including an Adult Lecture Series, Scavenger Hunts, Museum After Dark, Historic Walking Tours, Family Focus programs and more >>
Exhibitions in 2014
Exploring 375 Years of Our Past
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 and Forth: Imagery by artist Miggs Burroughs
December 20, 2013 – February 18, 2014
Visitors will be mesmerized by the instantaneous transition from 19th century photos to present-day images of Fairfield in Westport artist’s Miggs Burroughs new lenticular photography show.
Fairfield’s Rockin’ Top Ten January 16 – April 28, 2014
Musician and music historian Chris Frantz, drummer for the Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, will guest curate an exhibition on the top ten musicians that have put Fairfield on the musical map. The exhibit will open with the Museum After Dark series and a roundtable discussion with some of Fairfield’s most talented performers, hosted by Chris Frantz. Explore the history of this region’s rich musical heritage through lectures, performances, and a film series presented with local community partners Fairfield Theatre Company and School of Rock. Sponsored by First Niagara Bank, Hearst Media Services, WPKN and Deej and Deborah Webb.
Fairfield’s First to Fly: Gustave Whitehead
and the Race to the Skies Coming Soon in the Museum Library
This exhibition in the Museum Library Gallery, will draw on photo albums and newspaper articles from the William O’Dwyer Research Collection to explore the new and compelling evidence behind the claim that Gustave Whitehead’s first flight in Fairfield predated the Wright Brothers’ achievement by over two years.
Wonder Women of Fairfield
February 27 – April 28, 2014
Fairfield would not be the community it is today without the vision and determination of its most famous women. Explore how 20th century women – including philanthropist Annie B. Jennings, naturalist Mabel Osgood Wright, military pioneer Ruth Mills Bradley, businesswoman Margaret Rudkin, and politician Finette Benson Nichols- forged new avenues of achievement not open to earlier generations. Sponsored by Bankwell in Fairfield, Pascale Communications and Pepperidge Farm.
May 11 – June 22, 2014
The Fairfield Museum’s popular regional photography exhibition featuring iconic images of Fairfield. Sponsored by VENU magazine, First Niagara, WSHU and Southport Galleries.
Growing Up in Fairfield: Memories and Milestones
July 3 – October 5, 2014
Explore how the experience of growing up in Fairfield has changed from the 1600s to today, looking at work, play, and school. The exhibition will feature rare mementoes from Fairfield high school days, such as yearbooks and letter jackets, as well as a community wall of prom pictures from over the decades.
Mosswood Retreat: The Photographs of Mabel Osgood Wright
July 3 – September 21, 2014
Mabel Osgood Wright (1859-1934), daughter of Unitarian minister, scholar and writer Samuel Osgood, was born and brought up in New York City, but spent her summers at the family estate in Fairfield, CT. The summer home, called Mosswood (and also known as Waldstein), was built on 8 acres of land. Mabel married book collector and dealer James Wright and the couple moved to Fairfield. Here she pursued her interests in photography, nature conservation and writing.
Mabel became a noted author of bird and nature studies; helped found the Connecticut Audubon Society; was instrumental in building the Birdcraft Sanctuary on Unquowa Road for the protection of song birds; and actively participated in the Fairfield Garden Club. This exhibit will showcase her photographs of historical and pastoral Fairfield which were published in her own books and those of others.
Witches Across the Ages
September 29 – January 5, 2015
Black pointy hats. Green faces. Flying broomsticks. These are all things we associate with witches, but that image is a more recent phenomenon. Starting with Fairfield’s very own witch trials in 1653, 1654, and 1692 this exhibit will guide the visitor through the evolution of witches and their various images throughout history. Follow the story of Goody Knapp in 1653, the only witchcraft trial in Fairfield where the accused was actually sentenced to hang as a witch. Discover what happens to a woman when she’s thrown into a pond when being tested for witchcraft. Explore the origins of the modern day witch and challenge yourself to experience and understand the murky past of witchcraft in the United States.
The Pequot War and the Founding of Fairfield, 1637-1639
October 23 – January 5, 2015
The Pequot War of 1637 was New England’s first war, and led directly to the founding of Fairfield as an English settlement. A collaboration with the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, this exhibit will present the story of the war, including its final battle in Southport, and explore the current archaeology being done to uncover new facts about this important turning point in the development of New England.
March 10, 2014 10:00 amFairfield's Rockin' Top Ten
March 10, 2014 10:00 amWonder Women
Open Daily: 10am – 4pm Library Hours
Tue–Fri: 10am – 4pm
Sat: 12 noon – 4pm Admission
Free for Fairfield Museum Members.
Adults: $5, Seniors: $3, Students (6-22): $3 Free for children age 5 and younger. Click here for Google Maps