Keeler Tavern Museum

A living museum of colonial history within the town of Ridgefield, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The past comes alive as costumed guides lead tours through room settings that portray life in rural Connecticut from the early 18th century to the mid 20th century. Visitors will see period furnishings, and changing exhibits from the Museum's collections, as well as the Museum's famous cannonball lodged in an outer wall in 1777. At the classic Cass Gilbert Garden House built in 1915, they'll overlook a brick walled garden with reflecting pool and rose arbors.
 
Contact Info
Address: 132 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877. Fairfield County. Tel: 203-438-5485. Email: info@keelertavernmuseum.org. Website: www.keelertavernmuseum.org. Hrs: Vary.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 45 min. Cost: Fee.

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.