Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center

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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.

04/17/2020
Looking for a little something to do? How about our locally made Historic City of Fairfax or Historic Blenheim puzzles ?...
04/14/2020

Looking for a little something to do? How about our locally made Historic City of Fairfax or Historic Blenheim puzzles ? Email [email protected] to arrange a hands free purchase for $10 + tax - we’ll call you for credit over the phone and leave a packaged puzzle for you on the porch.

04/13/2020
The Road to Happiness - February 2012 Fairfax Scene

One of our most popular artifacts is the 1924 silent film "The Road to Happiness" shown in our Fairfax Story exhibit. Grab some popcorn and check out this episode of The Fairfax Scene (Including a description of the restoration techniques used in 2012, and the 1980's introduction narrated by former mayor George Hamill) on the City of Fairfax Government 's Youtube channel.

Enjoy this digitally enhanced silent film The Road to Happiness, originally produced by the Ford Motor Corporation in 1924 and filmed in and around Fairfax C...

Sharing what will be an historic appearance by the Easter Bunny! Check out what Fairfax City Parks and Recreation has pl...
04/09/2020

Sharing what will be an historic appearance by the Easter Bunny! Check out what Fairfax City Parks and Recreation has planned to be sure the Bunny can get around our City neighborhoods and say hello.

The Bunny is going to make a surprise appearance in Fairfax Neighborhoods! City vehicles will be hopping around town with the Bunny so your family can see him and some of his friends from your own home! 🐰🌸 Get ready to wave at him from your window, door, front patio or yard! 👋

Unfortunately, we can’t go by every house but we will do our best to get by most. If your house is not on the route, you can watch from safely inside your car at the parking lot at Fairfax High School at 10am.

🐰 PDF Map of Route: https://www.fairfaxva.gov/home/showdocument?id=15129

🐰 Parade Times
(Please note these are APPROXIMATE times, please check the bunny tracker on the day off for exact location)
- Fairfax High School - 10:00am
- Pink (Mosby Woods) - 10:20am
- Blue (Cobbdale/Fairchester Woods) - 10:50am
- Yellow (Westmore/Admore) - 11:20am
- Green (Green Acres/Fairfax Square) - 11:50am
- Orange (Little River Hills/Farcroft/Layton Hall) - 12:10pm
- Purple (Old Lee Hill/Country Club Hills) 12:35pm

🐰 Google Map of Route: https://drive.google.com/open?id=10A8nVMIbfGjn2KfP2nplt_yj0nE_MEKP&usp=sharing

🐰 Bunny Location Tracker - Saturday morning we will post a link to track the bunny LIVE on Google Maps

04/03/2020
04/02/2020

Join us 11 am Friday:
Facebook Live sneak peek of the exhibit
“A Material World: Newspaper Photographs of the 1980s”

03/17/2020
Historic Blenheim/Civil War Interpretive Center

This update applies to all of our City of Fairfax Historic Sites.

UPDATE

All City of Fairfax Historic Sites are closed to the public through March 29. Further opening/closing decisions will be determined by the City prior to March 29.

Based on CDC guidance on group events, all of our public events through April have been cancelled. This includes Fairfax History Day, which will next be held April 24, 2021.

Please stay up to date on news via the City of Fairfax website: www.fairfaxva.gov

03/16/2020

The Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center will be closed 3/16-29. Thank you.

It was terrific welcoming filmmaker Robin Hamilton to Historic Blenheim/Civil War Interpretive Center to show her film "...
02/09/2020

It was terrific welcoming filmmaker Robin Hamilton to Historic Blenheim/Civil War Interpretive Center to show her film "Dignity and Defiance: A Portrait of Mary Church Terrell" for our Second Sunday program. Thanks to all the attendees! (Photo courtesy Chris Cohen)

Hands on History! Enjoy our kids' activity room all month. Activities exploring women's suffrage ,the civil rights movem...
02/05/2020

Hands on History! Enjoy our kids' activity room all month. Activities exploring women's suffrage ,the civil rights movement, and portraits of George Washington. Open and FREE to all - specially geared towards primary age "young historians".

Chocolate Lovers Festival in the City Of Fairfax - Day 2! Tour the Ratcliffe Allison Pozer house (10386 Main St) from 12...
02/02/2020

Chocolate Lovers Festival in the City Of Fairfax - Day 2! Tour the Ratcliffe Allison Pozer house (10386 Main St) from 12-4 and get a free chocolate treat ! Or visit us at the Museum until 5 to enjoy the kids Hands On History room.

Just a few days left to see New Virginians! This travelling exhibit from The Library of Virginia explores immigration in...
01/22/2020

Just a few days left to see New Virginians! This travelling exhibit from The Library of Virginia explores immigration into Virginia over the last 400 years. Interactive listening kiosks profile living immigrants' stories from diverse countries and backgrounds. Open though Sunday January 26. (remember we are open 9-5 every day! )

We're open 9-5 every day except January 1! Come see the traveling exhibit from the Library of Virginia - "New Virginians...
12/28/2019

We're open 9-5 every day except January 1! Come see the traveling exhibit from the Library of Virginia - "New Virginians 1619-2019 & Beyond" (open through Jan 26.)

12/24/2019

We are OPEN until noon - we have a tiny handful of White House Ornaments left for sale- stop by for a last minute gft !

Saturday December 7, 2- 5 pm - Tour the Ratcliffe- Allison-Pozer House (10386 Main St) to view Christmas decorations and...
12/06/2019

Saturday December 7, 2- 5 pm - Tour the Ratcliffe- Allison-Pozer House (10386 Main St) to view Christmas decorations and hear about traditions of the past! Docents will share holiday customs from the different time periods of the home's use. Stay afterwards for the City of Fairfax Tree Lighting at 6 pm. FREE #dchousemuseum

Second Sunday is going to be a fun one! November 10, 2 pm, Join us as Dr. Gregg D. Kimball, Director of Public Services ...
11/07/2019

Second Sunday is going to be a fun one! November 10, 2 pm, Join us as Dr. Gregg D. Kimball, Director of Public Services and Outreach at the Library of Virginia, will trace the musical legacy of prohibition through spoken narrative, period images, and live and recorded music. Feel free to sing along! FREE

Come see  "Teetotalers and Moonshiners: Prohibition in  Virginia, Distilled" now through December 7. This traveling exhi...
11/02/2019

Come see "Teetotalers and Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled" now through December 7. This traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia addresses the important impact of Prohibition on the Commonwealth and on America.

We're ready for trick-or-treaters this afternoon!
10/31/2019

We're ready for trick-or-treaters this afternoon!

Don’t forget the Trunk or Treat at City Hall today (1-4) and the other participating locations for indoor trick or treating. I think we will have a break in the weather and will have cruisers, fire trucks, cue bus and other vehicles decorated! Hope to see you there and have a great morning!

10/18/2019

Well, our TV visitor is NOT coming this afternoon - but you still can! A reminder we are open 9-5 every day.

Need to buy a White House ornament? Want to visit with the kids and do our scavenger hunt? Haven't caught the WW2 quilt ...
10/17/2019

Need to buy a White House ornament? Want to visit with the kids and do our scavenger hunt? Haven't caught the WW2 quilt exhibit which closes Monday? A GREAT time to visit us would be Friday 10/18 from 3-5 pm - a little bird tells us we're going to have a TV crew visiting! We'd love to be busy during that time and show off our gem of a museum at its best - stay tuned...

10/13/2019

REMINDER: SECOND SUNDAY TODAY 2 pm, FREE: History of the pioneering newsmagazine "Gay Fairfax" and NoVA LGBTQ civil rights

10/09/2019

Second Sunday is this week! Join us Oct 13, 2 pm, FREE: Historian John Olinger will interview Bart Forbes, founding member of the pioneering cable access television newsmagazine "Gay Fairfax" in the 1990s. Forbes and Olinger will also discuss the broader LGBTQ civil rights movement in Northern Virginia.

07/14/2019

It's Second Sunday!
FREE talk at 2 pm
"Red Cross World War II Wartime Knitting"

07/10/2019

Sunday July 14 - 2 pm - "Red Cross World War II Wartime Knitting" - Learn about this volunteer relief work from Susan Robbins Watson of the American Red Cross. FREE

07/04/2019

Cake! Lemonade!
Happy Independence Day!
We are open 9-4 today.

07/02/2019
We have passports available for the Pub Crawl - happening this Saturday - come on by the Visitor Center by to pick yours...
06/13/2019
Fairfax City Economic Development Authority

We have passports available for the Pub Crawl - happening this Saturday - come on by the Visitor Center by to pick yours up before the event!

Passport, specials, stamps, and a commemorative glass to remember the day = a SUCCESSFUL crawl! Meet us at Pacer Running between 1:30 pm and 6:00 pm at 10420 North Street to check-in and get this crawl started.

Visit our blog post at fairfaxcityconnected.com/crawl to learn everything there is to know before you go.

06/06/2019

Join us for SECOND SUNDAY June 9, 2 pm -"Images of Motherhood”. Using excerpts from the writings of three women with Fairfax connections --Julia Ford, Antonia Ford Willard, and Dr. Kate Waller Barrett—Curator Susan Inskeep Gray will explore the thoughts of these mothers. FREE

Come see the great new Quilt Exhibit! "Sewing on the Homefront: World War II Quilts"  - open until Oct 20.
05/15/2019

Come see the great new Quilt Exhibit! "Sewing on the Homefront: World War II Quilts" - open until Oct 20.

Second Sunday is a Double Feature featuring 2 of our current exhibits! April 14 At 2 pm: "The Original Weights and Measu...
04/09/2019

Second Sunday is a Double Feature featuring 2 of our current exhibits! April 14 At 2 pm: "The Original Weights and Measures of Fairfax County" - learn about their use and history from Gretchen Bulova, Director of the Office of Historic Alexandria. At 3 pm: "The Washington Home of the Philippine Suffrage Movement" Short talk and exhibit tour at with Titchie G. Carandang-Tiongson and Erwin R. Tiongson, project directors of the Philippines on the Potomac DC. FREE

The Senior Center is hosting this great event on Saturday.
03/20/2019

The Senior Center is hosting this great event on Saturday.

Have you ever wondered what that vase in your basement might be worth? On Saturday, March 23, from 10 AM - 12:30 PM the Senior Center is hosting an Appraisal Event at the Sherwood Center. 🧭🏺💎

Second Sunday moves to City Hall on March 10 at 2 pm! Come learn about the suffrage parade of 1913.  FREE
03/06/2019

Second Sunday moves to City Hall on March 10 at 2 pm! Come learn about the suffrage parade of 1913. FREE

The exhibit "The Washington Home of the Philippine Suffrage Movement" in in our Gano Gallery until April 15. We're open ...
03/03/2019

The exhibit "The Washington Home of the Philippine Suffrage Movement" in in our Gano Gallery until April 15. We're open 9-5 every day.

In celebration of Women's History Month, POPDC's traveling exhibit, "The Washington Home of the Philippine Suffrage Movement", is now on display at the Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center until April 15. Please come see the exhibit!

Special thanks to Monica T. Bascon who designed the exhibit and to Irwin B. Fernandez who designed the poster/flyer. The exhibit was made possible by generous financial and in-kind contributions from family and friends.

02/21/2019

Sunday Feb. 24, 2 pm FREE (rescheduled from 2 weeks ago) - A Loathsome Prison - Historian Caridad de la Vega will present her research on "Freedom House," the Antebellum Franklin and Armfield Slave Trading Pen in Alexandria.

02/20/2019

Another Snow Day! CLOSED 2/20 due to weather.

"HEAVY" news - We've just installed the wonderful Fairfax County Weights and Measures from 1744  on loan to us from Alex...
02/13/2019

"HEAVY" news - We've just installed the wonderful Fairfax County Weights and Measures from 1744 on loan to us from Alexandria-Washington Lodge #22 - so impressive! We'll have them through the end of the year.

02/09/2019

"A Loathsome Prison: Slave Trading in Antebellum Alexandria" POSTPONED to Feb 24, 2 pm due to speaker illness.

02/07/2019

Sunday Feb 10, 2 pm - FREE - "A Loathsome Prison:' Slave Trading in Antebellum Alexandria" Historian Caridad de la Vega will present her research on "Freedom House," the Antebellum Franklin and Armfield Slave Trading Pen in Alexandria.

Just a few days until the sweetest event of the year - The City of Fairfax Chocolate Lovers Festival! We have a few of t...
01/29/2019

Just a few days until the sweetest event of the year - The City of Fairfax Chocolate Lovers Festival! We have a few of the 2019 Valentines left featuring the American Legion for $5. Remember you get a coupon for 5 taste pogs for the Taste of Chocolate - so the artwork is free :)

01/24/2019

REMINDER - Jan 27, 2 pm FREE: - "Freedom is Not Enough: African Americans in Antebellum Fairfax County" Curtis L. Vaughn, Ph.D., will examine the lives of free African Americans in their search for land ownership and self-reliance despite living and working in a slave-owning jurisdiction.

LOVE this sign - be sure to take some great photos while you're at Chocolate Lovers Festival Feb 2 + 3! Also visit the R...
01/24/2019

LOVE this sign - be sure to take some great photos while you're at Chocolate Lovers Festival Feb 2 + 3! Also visit the Ratcliffe-Allison-Pozer House (10386 Main St. ) from 12-4 pm for short and sweet tours both days.

Yes, the LOVE sign will be returning for this year's Chocolate Lovers Festival, don't miss your photo op!! 📸

The sign will be on display in City of Fairfax Old Town Square from Jan 31st - Feb 4th.

Thanks to Virginia is for Lovers! ❤️

#ChocolateLovers #FXCityChocolate

01/13/2019

SNOW DAY! Closed 1/13 due to the weather.

01/12/2019

2nd Sunday is postponed due the forecast. Join us Sunday Jan 27, 2 pm for "Freedom is Not Enough: African-Americans in Antebellum Fairfax County"

01/12/2019
City of Fairfax Government

Yum yum. Chocolate Lovers Festival is coming up soon and you can be a part of it!

YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE? Yep, the Chocolate Challenge! It's part of the Chocolate Lovers Festival in a few weeks: Enter your best desserts in the contest. It doesn't matter if you're a pro or simply a bake-at-home-for-fun chef. Check out this 25-second video for details on how to enter.

Address

10209 Main St
Fairfax, VA
22030

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(703) 385-8414

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