Hours, Admission & Parking
Fairfield Museum and History Center
Open Daily 10am – 4pm
Closed July 4, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
The Ogden House is open seasonally 1pm-4pm, every Sunday, beginning June through September.
Research Library Hours
Tuesday-Saturday: 10am – 4pm (By Appointment Only)
Please email to schedule an appointment: [email protected]
Visit us today to see all of the exciting exhibitions and programs that the Fairfield Museum and History Center has to offer!
Admission (Includes access to the Library)
Fairfield Museum and History Center Members: Free
To become a member, click here.
Students (6-22): $3
Children age 5 and younger: Free
Each Bank of America or Merrill Lynch cardholder receives free general admission for one person to the Fairfield Museum and History Center on the first full weekend of every month!
As part of this program, the Fairfield Museum offers free admission for all active duty, National Guard, and Reserve military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Parking for the museum is free. Our parking lot is located in front of the museum.
Click here for directions.
All school and group visits must have a confirmed reservation. Please schedule your visit at least three weeks in advance by submitting a request online.
Please note that the submission of your reservation request does not guarantee your program date and time until you receive a confirmation email.
Periodically, Fairfield Museum staff members and photographers are at work documenting Museum activities and events. With your admission to the Fairfield Museum, you give permission to the Museum to use photographs and/or video of yourself and your dependents for educational, promotion, and mission-related purposes. If you do not wish for you or your child to appear in photographs or videos, please inform our Front Desk staff at the beginning of your visit.
The Fairfield Museum and History Center is committed to being a welcoming and inclusive space for everyone. The Museum provides a variety of services for visitors stopping by or participating in person or virtually, and we will continue to find new ways to welcome our diverse audiences. If you have additional questions about accessibility at the Fairfield Museum, please contact us at [email protected].
Accessibility Accommodations for Programs and Events at the Museum
- If you are unable to register for programs or events online, you may call us at (203) 259-1598 from Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm Eastern Time.
- The front entrance, Meeting Hall, and Classroom are accessible by wheelchair.
- Care professionals and care partners who accompany visitors are welcome to join programs and events free of charge.
- Closed captioning is available for videos on the Fairfield Museum’s YouTube channel.
- If you have additional questions about accessibility at the Fairfield Museum, please contact us at [email protected].
Moving through the Museum & Museum Commons
The Fairfield Museum’s galleries, restrooms, and facilities are designed in compliance with ADA specifications. Power-assisted doors are available at the main entrance. The Museum’s galleries, restrooms, Meeting Hall, Classroom, Shop, and Library are located on a single floor.
The Fairfield Museum has spearheaded the revitalization of the adjacent, outdoor historic town green campus to create a dynamic regional destination known as the Museum Commons. Exhibitions and interactive displays are featured in three buildings: Victorian Cottage, Victorian Barn, and Sun Tavern.
Most of the grounds of the Museum Commons are generally firm and stable with a few areas that have slight inclines, mostly suitable for some mobility needs such as wheelchairs and strollers. The entrances to the Victorian Cottage, Victorian Barn, and Sun Tavern have stairs and interior access varies. Please inform us of any mobility concerns and we will do our best to adjust tours to accommodate visitors with disabilities.
The Museum is quietest between 10 am and 1 pm on Mondays and Tuesdays. Please note that there tends to be a higher number of visitors on weekends and holidays. In the spring and fall, large school groups may be present in the Museum.
If you are visiting with a group of 6 or more people, please let us know via email ([email protected]) at least two business days in advance. We want to ensure the best experience possible for your self-directed museum visit. Groups are not allowed to lead their own guided tours.
Lighting in the galleries may be dimmed for some exhibitions for display or conservation purposes.
Digital versions of large-print labels and a Spanish translation of labels are available via QR codes for the “Creating Community” exhibition.
Benches and other seating are available throughout the Museum. Mobility scooters are permitted in the galleries.
Trained service dogs are welcome to assist visitors at the Museum. Pets are not allowed inside the Museum.
Closed Captioning & Transcripts
Some exhibition videos have closed captioning. If a video does not have closed captioning, transcripts are available.
What to Do & See
At the Fairfield Museum, visitors enjoy engaging exhibitions, whether that means exploring 375 years of regional history in “Creating Community” or special exhibitions on art and history in the Patricia and Pearson Spaght Gallery, the Ruth Carlson Horn Gallery, and the Jacky Durrell Meeting Hall. Programs and fun activities for families and youth include the Holiday Express Train Show, Community Days, Summer Camps, Walking Tours exploring the Town Green Campus, and more. The Jacky Durrell Meeting Hall, overlooking the Town Green, hosts lectures, panels, and discussions led by distinguished scholars, university professors, and historians that illuminate history through dialogue and debate with the larger community. Researchers from across the country utilize the unique resources in the Special Collections Library and Reading Room, including genealogy and family papers that date back to the 17th century.
The Museum Shop features a wide selection of Fairfield gifts and books.
1750 Ogden House & Gardens
1520 Bronson Road Fairfield, CT 06824
The Ogden House is open seasonally, 1 – 4 pm, every Sunday beginning June through September.
The outdoor Dooryard Garden is open year-round.