The Fairfield Museum and History Center is inviting visitors to experience four centuries of Fairfield's history in an anniversary exhibit that opens Oct. 27. Visitors to "Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past," will be able to see, hear, touch, and truly experience what life was like in our area from the 1600s on. They will walk through six chronologically organized sections and participate in interactive, hands-on exhibits such as a Revolutionary War fort where they can decipher a spy code, a Native American wigwam, or a replica trolley car featuring snippets of oral history from immigrant families who settled in Fairfield County.

Objects on display will include authentic Native American artifacts and Revolutionary War items and maps showing the area's changes over time.

The exhibit will be kicked off with the Toast of the Town Fall Gala on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the museum, 370 Beach Road, and will include festive food and drinks and silent and live auctions. Proceeds from the event will go toward the museum's educational programs.

A free open house is planned on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the museum, offering tours of the new exhibition, family-focused activities and refreshments. The event will include a scavenger hunt, short theater performances by Falcon Repertory Theatre and an opportunity to paint a collaborative mural with artist Deborah Bassino.

Throughout 2014, the town of Fairfield will be celebrating the 375th anniversary of its founding and the Fairfield Museum will offer a wide range of special events, lectures and programs. l.

Tickets to The Toast of the Town Fall Gala can be purchased online at fairfieldhistory.org. Regular admission to the museum is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Members of the museum and children are free.

For more information, call 203-259-1598 or visit the website fairfieldhistory.org