Exhibitions

Fairfield Museum Spies ExhibitionCulper Ring: The Spies of George Washington

On view May 19-November 1 in the Ruth Carlson Horn Gallery

A series of graphic novel-style panels designed by illustrator Kirk Manley tells the dramatic story of the spy ring that operated between New York City, Long Island, and Fairfield during the Revolutionary War.

Manley’s artwork communicates the drama of espionage during the war, underscoring the challenges faced by American forces arrayed against a formidable foe. Visitors will be able to see, through the eyes of specific historical characters, the risks that both military officers and ordinary civilians were willing to take to help their causeThis exhibition will explore the motivations and contributions of the spy ring, bringing to life the risks that they took to secure and transmit intelligence. Click here for “Culper Ring” Programs and Events >>

An American Story: Finding Home in Fairfield County

On view in the Spaght Gallery through July 23, 2018

This exhibition highlights the experiences of refugees and immigrants who have built new lives in Fairfield County. A series of photographic portraits and biographical narratives share how eight individuals from Cambodia, Congo, Cuba, Hungary, India, Rwanda, and Syria have rebuilt their lives and created a sense of home. This exhibition honors  the 100th anniversary of the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants. Find out more here >>

Also on View

Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past  |  Ongoing

This hands-on exhibition invites visitors to explore the history of Fairfield and its region over the past four centuries. Look inside a Native American wigwam, climb into an American Revolution fort, decipher a spy code, and look through the windows of a 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.

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Gustave Whitehead: First to Fly

On view in the Tulloch Library Gallery

Gustave Whitehead was the first to fly a powered airplane, although his flights in Fairfield and Stratford in 1901 and 1902 are not nearly as well-known throughout the world as the Wright brothers’ flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903. This mini-exhibition in the library foyer displays items from the museum’s William O’Dwyer/Gustave Whitehead Research Collection, which is available for research in the library. More information about Gustave Whitehead is available here.