Weir Farm National Historic Site

Groups can take a guided tour of the Historic Weir House and Studios that were home to three generations of American artists. Julian Alden Weir, a leading figure in American art and the development of American Impressionism, acquired the farm in 1882. After the tour, campers may partake in unique experiences like sketching en plein air at their local national park. Some groups also add activities such as a self-guided hike to Weir Pond or a picnic lunch to their visit. Guided Programs are offered Wednesday through Friday. Groups typically book several months in advance.
 
Contact Info
Address: 735 Nod Hill Rd., Wilton, CT 06897. Fairfield County. Tel: 203-834-1896. Website: www.nps.gov/wefa. Hrs: Wed.-Sun. 10AM-4PM, May through October.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: 1st-12th. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 45+ min. Cost: Free.

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.