Programs and Events
Docent Orientation | Friday, May 27, 2016 10:30am – 11:30am
Coffee and refreshments will be served. Free, RSVP to Christine Jewell, Director of Education at 203-259-1598.
Are you a lifelong learner with a passion for sharing history? Find out about becoming a Museum Docent! Docents are volunteers who are trained to present historic tours to students and adults. We especially need volunteers to conduct house tours at the 1750 Ogden House this summer.
The Fairfield Museum Docent Program is both intellectually stimulating and socially rewarding and includes readings and discussions on various topics in American history and education. Education Staff will present an overview of docent opportunities followed by highlights of the Historic Town Green walking tour.
9th Annual Memorial Day Picnic
Monday, May 30, 12pm – 3pm.
Sponsored by Stopa’s Landscaping.
The community is invited to bring family and friends, blankets and picnic baskets to extend the festivities at the Fairfield Museum after the Town Parade. Enjoy an afternoon of food, games, crafts, and fun activities for everyone! Jay and Ray Music for everyone will perform from 1pm – 2pm with kids rock, blues, ballads, folk, jazz, pop and more. Experience the joy and educational power of music!
Enjoy sack races, three-legged race and of course the Watermelon Eating Contest! The Tasty Yolk will serve breakfast sandwiches from 8am – 2pm on the Museum Commons, Snappy Dawgs will have gourmet street food, and the Ice Cream Truck will be nearby all day!
The Fairfield Museum is a proud member of Blue Star Museums, a program that offers free admission to museums for all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Read to Me! Storytime
Wednesdays, June 1, July 6, August 3 & September 7, 10:30am – 11am. Free.
In celebration of reading and the Fabulous Animals exhibition, join Museum Docent Barbara Lucia for storytime. Explore the animal kingdom, nature and fables with stories illustrated and inspired by Robert Lawson, including The Story of Ferdinand, of course!
Museum After Dark / IMAGES Juried Show Artists’ Reception
Thursday, June 2, 6 – 8pm. Free.
Join us to celebrate the diverse artistic talents
of the region’s professional and amateur photographers featured in the IMAGES 2016 Juried Photography Exhibition.
1750 Ogden House Tours
Sundays June 5 – September 25 from 1pm – 4pm.
$5, $3 Students & Seniors; Free for Members. (Closed July 10)
Step inside the Ogden House to experience life in 18th century Fairfield. David and Jane Sturges Ogden began their marriage here, settling into farm life and establishing a family legacy that lasted 125 years. Museum Docents lead guided tours giving visitors fascinating information and tidbits on the history of the house, its intriguing two hearths, and the everyday tasks and chores that kept the Ogden family busy.
CT Open House Day
Saturday, June 11. Free admission 10am – 4pm.
At the Ogden House (1520 Bronson Road, Fairfield), enjoy family-friendly activities, a Revolutionary War encampment, house and garden tours. The Fairfield Museum will feature a lecture at 1pm on The Pequot Swamp Fight Battlefield Project. The Victorian Barn will be open from 2pm – 4pm.
Town Green Walking Tours
2pm – 3:30pm. Members: $5; Non-members: $8.
Saturday, June 18, Register for June 18 online here >>
Saturday, July 23: Register for July 23 online here >>
Saturday, August 20: Registration begins June 15
Do you have a burning question about the history of Fairfield? Enjoy a guided tour of the historic Green and learn about the people, places, and events that shaped Fairfield’s 375 years of history. Walk on the site of the 1639 colonial settlement and find out more about Roger Ludlow, Fairfield’s Puritan roots, and the 17th century “witch ducking experiments.” Pass by the 1780 Burr Homestead where John Hancock married Dorothy Quincy and learn how Thaddeus and Eunice Burr honored John’s aunt Lydia. These stories and more await on this fascinating journey.
Historic Cycling Tour
Sunday, July 3 from 9:30am – 11:30am. $5 for Museum member; $8 for non-members, includes admission to the Museum. Advanced, online registration is required here >>
Cyclists will have a unique opportunity to explore the history of Fairfield by and get some exercise and fresh air while they are at it. The tour, co-sponsored by the Fairfield Museum and the Town of Fairfield’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, covers approximately 10 miles and starts and ends at the Museum. It will explore several historic Fairfield locations including the 1750 Ogden House and the Southport setting of the Pequot Indian Swamp Fight. Bicycle helmets required. Children 14 years and older are welcome accompanied by and an adult. Limited to 25 people; advanced registration is required.
Burning of Fairfield Walking Tours
Sunday, July 10. Tours at 12:30pm, 1pm, 1:30pm and 2pm
Adults: $10; Students: $5. Advanced, online registration is required here >>
Join us for a walking tour that will bring the Fairfield Town Green to life and experience the Town’s burning as if you were there! Stroll back in time while exploring the history and events surrounding the attack on Fairfield by the British on July 7-8, 1779. Listen to the Proclamation from British General William Tryon and Admiral Collier, to the people of Connecticut. Hear the anguished words of Eunice Burr, as she witnesses the ransacking and destruction of her home, at the site where it happened. Young William Wheeler’s voice speaks to you of his family’s struggle to evacuate the town and his feelings of pride at the heroic actions of the local militia and the Fort at Black Rock as they work to fend off the Crown Forces. Think about the somber after action report of Reverend Andrew Eliot as he reflects on the events of those two days in July, and their meaning for the town and its future.