The Fairfield Museum and History Center has spearheaded the revitalization of the historic Town Green campus to create a dynamic regional destination that will connect art, performance, history and community. The new center for cultural activity – The Museum Commons – will launch this summer with live theater, festivals, concerts and more! More than 400 years of diverse stories are embedded in this intimate campus, which also serves as the Town of Fairfield’s civic center and the home of the Fairfield Museum and History Center. The properties will be open Friday – Sundays from 10am – 2pm beginning on June 10 through Labor Day. Tickets are available at the Fairfield Museum. Admission is FREE for members!
The new exhibitions are in three buildings on the Museum Commons: Victorian Cottage and Barn (1888) and Sun Tavern (c.1780). Interactive and hands-on experiences for adults, children and families will interweave topics such as society, the environment, family life, politics and agriculture, linking them to the Fairfield Museum’s exhibition, Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past.
Join us for Summer Programs!
Sun Tavern Guided Tour: Every Saturday at 1pm
Free with admission. Meet at the Fairfield Museum.
Family Programs at the Victorian Cottage:
Storytime at the Cottage
Fridays at 11am; June 16, 30, July 14, 28 and August 11 & 25. Ages 3 +. Free with admission. Meet at the Fairfield Museum.
Saturdays, 10:30am – 12pm; June 24, July 15, 29, August 12 & 26.
There are lots of ways to make our community a better place. Learn about conservation, saving energy and caring for plants and animals in our Cottage, followed by a fun, hands-on activity. Ages 5 +. Free with admission. Meet at the Fairfield Museum.
Growing with Dad: Father’s Day Fun
Sunday, June 18 from 12pm – 2pm.
Celebrate Father’s Day by learning about Fairfield’s farming past. Learn about the “Community Garden” exhibit in the Victorian Cottage and what vegetables and plants need to grow. Plant seeds together with Dad to take home and watch them grow! Ages 5 +. Free with admission. Meet at the Fairfield Museum.
Self-Guided Walking Tours
Visitors to the Fairfield Museum and History Center discover the rich history of the Town Green through informative signs featuring historic photographs placed throughout the historic center of Fairfield. In this self-guided tour, read the stories about the people, events, and sites that have made Fairfield such a unique community for more than three centuries. View or download the Walking Tour map here >>
More about the Museum Commons Exhibitions:
The Victorian Cottage encourages families with younger children to explore their community through hands-on activities. Explore connections between people and places from the past and life today.
The Victorian Barn exhibit explores Fairfield’s agricultural roots and promotes conversations about contemporary food issues. Explore and learn about our community’s past and present agriculture– the food resources and the techniques and tools of yesterday’s and today’s farmers.
The Sun Tavern exhibits offer visitors an immersive experience to spend time exploring and discovering history on their own. Become a local and sit at a tavern table, empty out the mailbag or read a newspaper from 200 years ago. Take on the life of a traveler staying overnight and see what they carried and where they slept. In the “Seeking Justice” room, explore some of the trials that took place at the nearby courthouse by playing the part of a judge or defendant.
The Fairfield Museum and History Center is grateful to the following donors who provided leadership support for the Museum Commons:
The Fairfield Museum is grateful to the following donors who provided leadership support for the Museum Commons:
State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development
Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation
Town of Fairfield
With thanks to Fairfield Rotary Club and Newman’s Own Foundation for support of the Victorian Cottage,
Grand Lodge of the Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of Connecticut and Mr. John Baron for support of the Sun Tavern, and the ongoing support of Fairfield Museum members.