Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center

Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center Official Page of The Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center, administered by City of Fairfax Office of Historic Resources. As of May 4 2021- The Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center is OPEN.

Daily hours 11-4. The museum is administered by the City of Fairfax and operated by a professional staff and dedicated volunteers. The Museum - housed in the historic Fairfax Elementary School, built in 1873 - features exhibitions about local and regional history, including the permanent exhibit The Fairfax Story. The Museum hosts several historic programs throughout the year, including the popula

Daily hours 11-4. The museum is administered by the City of Fairfax and operated by a professional staff and dedicated volunteers. The Museum - housed in the historic Fairfax Elementary School, built in 1873 - features exhibitions about local and regional history, including the permanent exhibit The Fairfax Story. The Museum hosts several historic programs throughout the year, including the popula

Operating as usual

It’s time to shop! The 2021 White House Historical Association Christmas Ornaments are here ! $22. Available in our shop...
10/06/2021

It’s time to shop! The 2021 White House Historical Association Christmas Ornaments are here ! $22. Available in our shops, or visit our tent in front of the Ratcliffe-Allison-Pozer house for Fall Festival this Saturday !

It’s time to shop! The 2021 White House Historical Association Christmas Ornaments are here ! $22. Available in our shops, or visit our tent in front of the Ratcliffe-Allison-Pozer house for Fall Festival this Saturday !

Now Open - exhibition honoring our City of Fairfax First Responders and their service on September 11, 2001. City of Fai...
09/11/2021

Now Open - exhibition honoring our City of Fairfax First Responders and their service on September 11, 2001. City of Fairfax Government City of Fairfax Police DepartmentCity of Fairfax Fire Department

Now Open - exhibition honoring our City of Fairfax First Responders and their service on September 11, 2001. City of Fairfax Government City of Fairfax Police DepartmentCity of Fairfax Fire Department

We need your help! The 2017 Northern Virginia Hazard Mitigation Plan will be updated soon, and your feedback is requeste...
08/13/2021
Northern Virginia Hazard Mitigation Public Survey

We need your help! The 2017 Northern Virginia Hazard Mitigation Plan will be updated soon, and your feedback is requested. This Northern Virginia Hazard Mitigation Survey provides an opportunity for you to participate in the mitigation planning process. The information you provide will help us better understand your hazard concerns and can lead to mitigation activities that help lessen the impacts of future disasters.

Northern Virginia jurisdictions are preparing an update to the 2017 Northern Virginia Hazard Mitigation Plan. The regional plan will identify local policies and actions for reducing risk and future losses from hazards such as floods, severe storms, wildfires, winter weather, and more.

Come see the new traveling exhibition from Virginia Museum of History & Culture “Determined: The 400 Year Struggle for B...
07/24/2021

Come see the new traveling exhibition from Virginia Museum of History & Culture “Determined: The 400 Year Struggle for Black Equality” , open now through August. We’re open 11-4 daily.

07/03/2021

If you missed the 2021 Independence Day Parade this morning, don't worry: we caught it ALL on video!

Catch it at 4 p.m. daily on cable Channel 12 (which also livestreams on the city website), or watch it on YouTube at your convenience: https://youtu.be/AaTS-gpWfSs #FFX4TH

07/01/2021

We will be closed Sunday July 4
Open all other days 11-4!
(Including Parade Day July 3!)

The City of Fairfax is celebrating Juneteenth, our new Federal Holiday. To learn about Juneteenth , enjoy this short int...
06/18/2021
The Origins of Juneteenth: Celebrating Black Freedom and Achievement

The City of Fairfax is celebrating Juneteenth, our new Federal Holiday. To learn about Juneteenth , enjoy this short interview with Christopher Wilson of the National Museum of American History.

On June 19, 1865, enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas learned they were free, which led to an annual celebration that's come to be known as Juneteenth.   Christopher Wilson, Director of Experience at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institute, joins Tetiana Ande...

Come visit us for a love story! City of Fairfax Government
06/04/2021
Find Long Lost Love

Come visit us for a love story! City of Fairfax Government

Love letters from Confederate spy Antonia Ford's to her unlikely suitor read like a novel.

BLAST OFF and come visit us! City of Fairfax Government
06/03/2021
Ignite Your Imagination!

BLAST OFF and come visit us! City of Fairfax Government

Meet Pierre, Fairfax City's most stellar resident. You can meet him at the Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center located at 10209 Main St, Fairfax, VA 22030.http...

Help name our new creatures in the park behind the Museum!
05/27/2021

Help name our new creatures in the park behind the Museum!

Have you seen our newest art at Ratcliffe Park? Our new friends need some names! Help us 'Name the Critters'!

Vote for your favorite name suggestions below for the owl, squirrel, raccoons, bear, and fox! 🐻🐿🦊

Best names will win a $25 Woody's Ice Cream gift card!
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfYEWgq-xh7vOtizn06dFOZYgRAxvGQ68jYzc-2jUigsHR6OQ/viewform

City of Fairfax Government City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts

05/20/2021
Fairfax City Minute: May 20, 2021

So much going on in the City, including our virtual program “at” Historic Blenheim/Civil War Interpretive Center this Saturday !

UPDATE Noon: Cones have been lifted and our parking lot is open !!
05/07/2021

UPDATE Noon: Cones have been lifted and our parking lot is open !!

UPDATE Noon: Cones have been lifted and our parking lot is open !!

It sure is nice to be open again! So far today we've had a Fairfax old-timer stop in to chat about school history, a new...
05/05/2021

It sure is nice to be open again! So far today we've had a Fairfax old-timer stop in to chat about school history, a new resident eager to find out about our area, a pop-in picking up a Virginia map, and a neighbor walking by with their dog who just stuck his head in to say welcome back! Love our Fairfax Community. #communitymuseum City of Fairfax Government Old Town Fairfax City

It sure is nice to be open again! So far today we've had a Fairfax old-timer stop in to chat about school history, a new resident eager to find out about our area, a pop-in picking up a Virginia map, and a neighbor walking by with their dog who just stuck his head in to say welcome back! Love our Fairfax Community. #communitymuseum City of Fairfax Government Old Town Fairfax City

See you starting tomorrow! City of Fairfax Government
05/03/2021

See you starting tomorrow! City of Fairfax Government

See you starting tomorrow! City of Fairfax Government

Come see the new sculpture behind the Museum in Ratcliffe Park!
04/30/2021
Ratcliffe Park Tree Sculpture

Come see the new sculpture behind the Museum in Ratcliffe Park!

Check out this whimsical treehouse sculpture AM Sculptures carved out of the tree at Ratcliffe Park!

Good News!! See you soon! City of Fairfax Government
04/28/2021

Good News!! See you soon! City of Fairfax Government

Good News!! See you soon! City of Fairfax Government

Connecting Fairfax City's Past and Present to Build a More Equitable and Inclusive Future
04/21/2021
Connecting Fairfax City's Past and Present to Build a More Equitable and Inclusive Future

Connecting Fairfax City's Past and Present to Build a More Equitable and Inclusive Future

Connecting Fairfax City for All The City of Fairfax recognizes there is strength in diversity and acknowledges the need for a broader community conversation around the issues of racial and social equity, systemic racism, symbolism, and identity. Nomenclature in the City

04/11/2021

Hope you'll join us in a few minutes for this great talk! "The Road to Happiness"

Join the Conecting Fairfax City of All program tonight.
04/08/2021

Join the Conecting Fairfax City of All program tonight.

Tune in tonight, 4/8 — join us in a conversation on Fairfax Schools racial segregation and desegregation processes, with City of Fairfax Schools leaders and educators.

Visit engage.fairfaxva.gov for more info, or click here: https://tinyurl.com/v9ftdbap

Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center
Historic Blenheim/Civil War Interpretive Center
Historic Fairfax City, Inc.
Fairfax City Parks and Recreation
#livelifeconnected #connectingfairfaxcityforall #FairfaxCity #schools #fairfaxschools #race #schoolsegregation #schooldesegregation #FairfaxHighSchool #Fairfaxcityschoolboard #cityoffairfaxva

Catch the replay of the Feb. 25 Community Listening and Learning Session "The 1902 Virginia Constitution: White Supremac...
03/03/2021
February 25, 2021 Community Listening and Learning Session

Catch the replay of the Feb. 25 Community Listening and Learning Session "The 1902 Virginia Constitution: White Supremacy and Disenfranchisement" with historian Brent Tarter (introduction to the speaker starts at 5:26).

The 1902 Virginia Constitution: White Supremacy and Disenfranchisement

02/17/2021

Celebrate #BlackHistory and honor Black perseverance and resiliency with this virtual Black History program at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, featuring music, speakers, and more.

Click here for details: https://bit.ly/2MKLpLk #BlackHistoryMonth

02/12/2021

History is not always "long ago"! It may only be 10 years old, but the Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center has had an historic impact on our Fairfax City Community. ❤️

Tonight - Join the kick off session of Connected For All.
02/04/2021

Tonight - Join the kick off session of Connected For All.

Tonight's Fairfax City Connected for All Listening Session begins at 7 pm. To participate, please register at http://ow.ly/LQ6l50Do0ta

Please note: tonight's topic and speaker have been updated.

Tonight's topic is "Crossroads of Conflict in the American Civil War, 1861-65: How Those Events and Personalities Have Been Memorialized and Interpreted” with Susan Inskeep Gray, director of City of Fairfax Historic Resources.

This is the first in the series of listening sessions. Please visit http://engage.fairfaxva.gov for upcoming listening session dates and topics.

We continue to welcome comments at http://engage.fairfaxva.gov — please engage!

Important Closure Announcement City of Fairfax Government
12/23/2020
Fairfax City Museums Closure Announcement

Important Closure Announcement City of Fairfax Government

Due to the dramatic increase in positive COVID-19 cases in the City of Fairfax and across the region, The Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center and the Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim will close to the public starting Thursday, December 24 until further notice. Closure (and future re-...

First snow of the year — Fairfax looks beautiful ! City of Fairfax Government
12/16/2020

First snow of the year — Fairfax looks beautiful ! City of Fairfax Government

12/11/2020
City of Fairfax Government

Always so much happening in our great City - including our event Sunday !

Fairfax City Minute - December 10, 2020
Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center and Historic Blenheim/Civil War Interpretive Center present "In Their Words: A Civil War Christmas"; City of Fairfax Fire Department collects for #ToysforTots; Stay Connected Fairfax City is a new tool to keep you informed; "City Samaritan" seeks to share the stories of those individuals making a difference in the communty; and the weather will be great for yardwork this weekend - You rake'em. We'll take'em!

City of Fairfax Government
12/02/2020

City of Fairfax Government

The application deadline for stakeholders to help guide the Connecting Fairfax City for All initiative has been extended. Applications are due Dec. 4. Please consider applying to serve on this important group. Apply at http://ow.ly/cpCv30rmEtk

Subscribe to our new City email system and be sure to check Historic Resources to get info on all our programs.
12/01/2020
Stay Connected with Fairfax City!

Subscribe to our new City email system and be sure to check Historic Resources to get info on all our programs.

The City of Fairfax has a new way to stay connected to your favorite programs, events, and city news. Sign up today to receive updates and newsletters via email or text.

Keep up with Fairfax City happenings !
12/01/2020

Keep up with Fairfax City happenings !

The December 2020 Cityscene is available — check it out online at fairfaxva.gov/cityscene and download your copy today.

Thank you for reading The Cityscene!

Looking forward to hosting this talk tomorrow !
11/14/2020

Looking forward to hosting this talk tomorrow !

Join the discussion — a virtual book talk on Sunday, November 15, with the author and historian who wrote the book on George Washington.

Participate via your phone or web browser — find out more by clicking here: http://ow.ly/xWG050CjfSk — hope to "see" you there!

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The Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center is open 9-5, 7 days a week, and admission is FREE. (Closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, 1/2 day Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.) The museum is administered by the City of Fairfax and operated by a professional staff and dedicated volunteers. The Museum - housed in the historic Fairfax Elementary School, built in 1873 - features exhibitions about local and regional history, including the permanent exhibit The Fairfax Story. The Museum hosts several historic programs throughout the year, including the popular Second Sunday series. The Visitor Center stocks maps and information about sites and special events throughout Virginia and the D.C. area. The Museum is the flagship for the City of Fairfax Office of Historic Resources, which also includes: Historic Blenheim & the Civil War Interpretive Center - 3610 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax open Tuesday- Saturday 10 AM -3 PM, with a guided tour at 1 pm - FREE Front Desk: (703)591-0560 The Ratcliffe-Allison House - 10386 Main St. Fairfax open Saturdays 11 AM-2 PM April through October, and City special events - FREE Guided group tours and educational programs for students, scouts, and adults are available by reservation at all of our sites.

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