Museums in Fairfield, Connecticut range from fine art to circus history
The Barnum Museum
820 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT, 06604
Dedicated to the life of circus imnpresario Phineas Taylor Barnum and those who were influenced by his presence in their lives. 1892 building houses exhibits including a miniature circus model, ancient mummy, historic costumes, Tom Thumb carriages. Museum store.
Hours: Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $8; seniors over age 65 and and children age 4 to 17, $5; students, $5.
Connecticut Audubon Society Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary
314 Unquowa Road
Fairfield, CT, 06824
Historic museum highlights natural history of the state with dioramas, wildlife exhibits, and dinosaur footprints. Adjacent 6-acre sanctuary with trails.
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The six-acre Birdcraft Sanctuary is open daily, year-round, from dawn to dusk.
Stamford Museum & Nature Center
39 Scofieldtown Road
Stamford, CT, 06903
Experience nature, science and the outdoors at this 118-acre site. Includes New England working farm, hiking trails, picnic area, nature's playground, boardwalk (accessible to wheelchairs), galleries for interactive exhibitions with hands-on area for children, two stores, special events, planetarium. Observatory Friday evenings (weather permitting).
Hours: Bendel Mansion & Galleries, Monday- Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.;
Heckscher Farm, daily 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Nature's Playground, daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (weather permitting); Animal Embassy, Tuesday - Sunday,. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (open to 3:30 p.m. in summer); Observatory, Fridays, 8-10 p.m., weather permitting.
Admission: Adults, $10; seniors age 65 and older, $8; students over age 18, $6; children age 4-17, $5.