The Commons & Town Green
The Fairfield Museum works closely with the Town of Fairfield to spearhead the revitalization of the historic Town Green campus to create a dynamic regional destination: The Museum Commons. More than 400 years of diverse stories are embedded in this campus, which also serves as the Town of Fairfield’s civic center and the home of the Fairfield Museum and History Center. Exhibitions and interactive displays are featured in three buildings: Victorian Cottage, Victorian Barn, and Sun Tavern.
Self-Guided Walking Tours
Visitors to the Fairfield Museum and History Center can discover the fascinating history of the Museum Commons and Town Green through a self-guided walking tour. Interpretive signs can be found throughout the historic center of Fairfield. Read 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. Learn about your town with interactive maps, design a town in the building zone, plant a garden, or play dress-up as a History Tourist! Families also learn how to protect the environment through water conservation and protecting our natural resources.
The Victorian Barn (1888) exhibit explores Fairfield’s agricultural roots and promotes conversations about contemporary food issues. Learn about our community’s role in agriculture—from local food resources to the techniques and tools of yesterday’s and today’s farmers. Discover how people have preserved food over time and find out where you can support buying locally!
The Sun Tavern
The Sun Tavern (c. 1780) offers visitors an immersive experience that supports discovery through reproduction objects that people can touch and feel. 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.
Our Generous Donors
The Fairfield Museum and History Center is grateful to the following donors who provided leadership support for the Museum Commons: State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Humanities, Preservation CT, 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.