Freedom Museum

Freedom Museum A Smithsonian affiliated museum located in the main terminal building of the Manassas Regional Airport. Open 7 days a week from 10 to 4pm.
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Another WW II Veteran was laid to rest today.Stephen Stanley Krawczyk passed away on June 6, 2020, the anniversary of D-...
06/19/2020

Another WW II Veteran was laid to rest today.

Stephen Stanley Krawczyk passed away on June 6, 2020, the anniversary of D-Day. He was 101 years old.

Steve joined the U.S. Army Air Corps after finishing high school, and served 6 years at Hickam Field in Oahu, Hawaii as a Technical Sergeant in the 7th Air Force, 22nd Materiel Squadron. He survived the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.

In a talk he gave to the Freedom Museum in Manassas, VA, he said his day started early that Sunday Morning because he wanted to go to church. He headed to the Chow hall first, then morning mass. When he arrived at the Chapel, it was then the Japanese air raid began. The first bombs fell on the chow hall where he had just been.

He and another soldier headed to the armory to draw weapons, to fight back. There, he quarreled with the armory chief because he said, “he was not authorized to issue weapons”, even though bombs were falling all around them. Finally, with the proper authorization, guns and ammunition were issued and Steve was able to return fire.

In the ensuing mayhem, Steve was strafed by enemy aircraft though not injured. He said the plane was so low that he could see the pilot looking back at him. Steve talked about the fear and confusion of the moment and how he and his friends tried to fight back and survive.

Following his military service, Steve got married in 1946 (he met his soon-to-be-wife Ruth at a USO dance), raised a family of 5 children, earned a Business Degree at Washburn University in Topeka, KS, and spent 35 years with the Sherwin-Williams Company, in various credit and finance positions.

Lifelong learning was a passion and his eternal optimism — an inspiration to others. His interests included mentoring reading for kindergartners, photography, tennis, basketball and participating in the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics.

A resident of Manassas for more than 40 years, he was laid to rest today at Quantico National Cemetery and will truly be missed by all of us at the Freedom Museum.

Freedom Museum Remembers Our HeroesAlthough our museum is closed due to Covid-19, we still remember and honor those men ...
05/23/2020

Freedom Museum Remembers Our Heroes
Although our museum is closed due to Covid-19, we still remember and honor those men and women who gave the full measure in service to our country this Memorial Day, May 25, 2020.

A big shout-out and thank you to the Heritage Brewing Company in Manassas, VA, for donating space to store our B-25 bomb...
05/01/2020

A big shout-out and thank you to the Heritage Brewing Company in Manassas, VA, for donating space to store our B-25 bomber nose until we can find a permanent place to put it on display. In our current space at the Manassas Regional Airport we have no room to grow, let alone store or display our beloved bomber, Korean War-era ambulance nor our Vietnam War-era Jeep. We are actively searching for a new home for the Museum, even in this time of quarantine, to properly honor our veterans and their families from Prince William County, as well as all those who have served this country in the past and in the present, whether it be in uniform or the homefront. We are truly honored to have Heritage Brewing as a partner!

Santa flew in for an early visit to the Manassas Regional Airport today for some special kids. The reindeer, however sta...
12/07/2019

Santa flew in for an early visit to the Manassas Regional Airport today for some special kids. The reindeer, however stayed home to get ready for their all-night journey later this month.

After much planning, pounding the pavement to get sponsors and sell ads for the souvenir booklet and getting word out, t...
10/22/2019

After much planning, pounding the pavement to get sponsors and sell ads for the souvenir booklet and getting word out, the evening of the 7th Annual Freedom Museum Hangar Dance and Fundraiser seemed to go by in the blink of an eye. We owe a big thank you to our guests for spending the evening with us, as well as all the volunteers who made it happen

It's Saturday, so the Freedom Museum's Mobile Exhibit Team (MET) is in the move. Today was a Boy Scout Camporee at the F...
10/06/2019

It's Saturday, so the Freedom Museum's Mobile Exhibit Team (MET) is in the move. Today was a Boy Scout Camporee at the Flying Circus airfield. Scouts were working on merit badges. Two days ago it was in the 90s. Today dawned in the 40s. They are sleeping in tents this weekend, but the chill in the air didn't dampen their enthusiasm. It was a true pleasure to be a part of this.

Celebrating history in Brentsville, VA. The county seat for Prince William County during the Civil War, the Brentsville ...
09/29/2019

Celebrating history in Brentsville, VA. The county seat for Prince William County during the Civil War, the Brentsville Courthouse grounds were a mustering site for Confederate troops, and like many Virginia towns, suffered great devastation during the war. The town is just 3 miles from the Bristoe Station battlefield (October 1863). But Saturday was a day for celebration, And, of course, the Freedom Museum was there with our B-25 bomber nose and our Korean War era ambulance.

Well, it was another weekend spent on the road with the Freedom Museum's traveling show. Saturday was the American Helic...
09/10/2019

Well, it was another weekend spent on the road with the Freedom Museum's traveling show. Saturday was the American Helicopter/American Aviation Open House, then Sunday is was the annual open house for the Americans in Wartime Museum (better known as the Tank Farm) in Nokesville, VA.These military vehicles are not simply on display, they are working vehicles and put on some awesome demonstrations.

It was the annual open house today for American Helicopters/American Aviation at the Manassas Regional Airport today. Th...
09/08/2019

It was the annual open house today for American Helicopters/American Aviation at the Manassas Regional Airport today. The flight school teaches both fixed wing and helicopter pilots and is owned by Kevin and Ann Rychlik, both good friends of the Freedom Museum – and Kevin is a former member of the museum's Board of Directors. There's no better way to spend a Saturday than being surrounded by all sorts of aircraft!

The Freedom Museum hosted a personal tour for three residents and aides from the senior living center, The Wellington of...
09/04/2019

The Freedom Museum hosted a personal tour for three residents and aides from the senior living center, The Wellington of Lake Manassas, in Gainesville, VA, on Tuesday.

Whether groups are large or small, young or senior, the Museum can tailor our presentations to your interests. Can't come to the Museum? We also bring a presentation to your classroom, civic group or senior living facility.

Call 703-393-0660 to schedule your visit.

What a difference a day makes!Saturday's thick fog was gone, replaced with brilliant blue skies later dotted with puffy ...
08/19/2019

What a difference a day makes!
Saturday's thick fog was gone, replaced with brilliant blue skies later dotted with puffy white clouds. A perfect morning for a balloon launch.

08/13/2019

Have to share this, which was sent to me by Ray Baybrook, a fellow volunteer at the Freedom Museum in Manassas, VA. It's a tad long, but very much worth the read:

I BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THIS: AFTER FLIGHT 77 HIT THE PENTAGON ON 9/11, THE FOLLOWING HAPPENED.

A daycare facility inside the Pentagon had many children, including infants who were in heavy cribs. The daycare supervisor, looking at all the children they needed to evacuate, was in a panic over what they could do.

There were many children, mostly toddlers, as well as the infants who would need to be taken out with the cribs. There was no time to try to bundle them into carriers and strollers.

Just then a young Marine came running into the center and asked what they needed. After hearing what the center director was trying to do, he ran back out into the hallway and disappeared. The director thought, "Well, here we are, on our own."

About 2 minutes later, that Marine returned with 40 other Marines in tow. Each of them grabbed a crib with a child, and the rest started gathering up toddlers.

The director and her staff then helped them take all the children out of the center and down toward the park near the Potomac .

Once they got about 3/4 of a mile outside the building, the Marines stopped in the park, and then did a fabulous thing – they formed a circle with the cribs, which were quite sturdy and heavy, like the covered wagons in the Old West.

Inside this circle of cribs, they put the toddlers, to keep them from wandering off. Outside this circle were the 40 Marines, forming a perimeter around the children and waiting for instructions. There they remained until the parents could be notified and come get their children.

The chaplain then said, "I don't think any of us saw nor heard of this on any of the news stories of the day. It was an incredible story of our men there.” There wasn't a dry eye in the room.

The thought of those Marines and what they did and how fast they reacted; could we expect any less from them? It was one of the most touching stories from the Pentagon.

It's the military, not the politicians that ensures our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It's the military who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag.

If you care to offer the smallest token of recognition and appreciation for the military, please pass this on and pray for our men and women, who have served and are currently serving our country, and honor the memory of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice!
God Bless The USA!

The Freedom Museum was honored by the Prince William Board of Supervisors on Tuesday with the reading and presentation o...
06/27/2019

The Freedom Museum was honored by the Prince William Board of Supervisors on Tuesday with the reading and presentation of a Commendation in celebration of the Museum's 20th anniversary. It was July 4, 1999 when the museum was officially opened to the public. Pictured is board chairman Corey Stewart reading the proclamation, surrounded by 10 members of the museum.

Another Saturday, another great event for the Freedom Museum mobile crew. This time it was the Leidos Fly-in, held at th...
06/23/2019

Another Saturday, another great event for the Freedom Museum mobile crew. This time it was the Leidos Fly-in, held at the Manassas Regional Airport, right outside our back door. Leidos knows how to throw a party!

Innovations in Flight DayThe Freedom Museum crew was on the move again Saturday. This time at the Udvar-Hazy Center at t...
06/15/2019

Innovations in Flight Day

The Freedom Museum crew was on the move again Saturday. This time at the Udvar-Hazy Center at the Dulles International Airport with our vehicles and bomber nose. The Innovations in Flight Day is an annual event that draws aircraft of all sizes and vehicles of all types to display on the taxiways that surround the magnificent air and space museum.

Freedom Museum docent Gordon Tassi led a tour group from the Manassas Baptist Church Thursday, June 12.Would your group ...
06/13/2019

Freedom Museum docent Gordon Tassi led a tour group from the Manassas Baptist Church Thursday, June 12.
Would your group be interested in a guided tour of the museum or want museum volunteers to bring our Footlocker Program to your meeting? Call 703-393-0660 to make arrangements.

The Freedom Museum was invited to participate in a flag ceremony to introduce a new collection of flags for the office o...
06/07/2019

The Freedom Museum was invited to participate in a flag ceremony to introduce a new collection of flags for the office of Prince William County Supervisor Jeanine Lawson (Brentsville District). During a visit to the office, Museum member Pete Dvorscak noticed that it was lacking any flag whatsoever and took the steps to correct the situation. Also participating was the JROTC Honor Guard from Stonewall Jackson High School.

Remembering Those Who Never Came HomeThe Freedom Museum held a small but solemn ceremony today for those who lost their ...
06/06/2019

Remembering Those Who Never Came Home

The Freedom Museum held a small but solemn ceremony today for those who lost their lives on this fateful day in 1944 as they stormed ashore or behind the enemy lines to liberate the world from the Nazis.

Paying honor on Memorial DayThe Potomac Region Veterans Council held a well-attended ceremony at Quantico National Cemet...
05/27/2019

Paying honor on Memorial Day
The Potomac Region Veterans Council held a well-attended ceremony at Quantico National Cemetery to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

The Freedom Museum crew spent Sunday with our ambulance and Jeep at the season's opening day for the Flying Circus Airsh...
05/20/2019

The Freedom Museum crew spent Sunday with our ambulance and Jeep at the season's opening day for the Flying Circus Airshow in Bealeton, VA. Unfortunately the ambulance had to pull out early, but a lot of little kids were thrilled to climb in the Jeep. All the vendor booths set up for the day involved fun things for the kids.

Freedom Museum
05/12/2019

Freedom Museum

A Great Day for Golf!
OK, it was a tad chilly and the sun rarely poked through the gray clouds, but the 2019 Chick-fil-A Bristow Charity Golf Tournament was a huge success and raised a very nice donation to benefit the Freedom Museum of Manassas. A big museum thank you goes to Mike and Jan Lovitt, owners of Chick-fil-A Bristow, Sue Campbell and the Chick-fil-A crew for sponsoring this event. It couldn't be done without Tracy Clark and the golf course staff and the museum volunteers who showed up in force to help run the event.

A lot of planning and hard work by a core of dedicated people from Chick-fil-A Bristow, the Freedom Museum and the Princ...
05/12/2019

A lot of planning and hard work by a core of dedicated people from Chick-fil-A Bristow, the Freedom Museum and the Prince William Golf Course paid off handsomely. A great tournament raised a very nice donation for the Freedom Museum.

A Great Day for Golf!
OK, it was a tad chilly and the sun rarely poked through the gray clouds, but the 2019 Chick-fil-A Bristow Charity Golf Tournament was a huge success and raised a very nice donation to benefit the Freedom Museum of Manassas. A big museum thank you goes to Mike and Jan Lovitt, owners of Chick-fil-A Bristow, Sue Campbell and the Chick-fil-A crew for sponsoring this event. It couldn't be done without Tracy Clark and the golf course staff and the museum volunteers who showed up in force to help run the event.

A Great Day for Golf!OK, it was a tad chilly and the sun rarely poked through the gray clouds, but the 2019 Chick-fil-A ...
05/12/2019

A Great Day for Golf!
OK, it was a tad chilly and the sun rarely poked through the gray clouds, but the 2019 Chick-fil-A Bristow Charity Golf Tournament was a huge success and raised a very nice donation to benefit the Freedom Museum of Manassas. A big museum thank you goes to Mike and Jan Lovitt, owners of Chick-fil-A Bristow, Sue Campbell and the Chick-fil-A crew for sponsoring this event. It couldn't be done without Tracy Clark and the golf course staff and the museum volunteers who showed up in force to help run the event.

A Great Day for Golf!
OK, it was a tad chilly and the sun rarely poked through the gray clouds, but the 2019 Chick-fil-A Bristow Charity Golf Tournament was a huge success and raised a very nice donation to benefit the Freedom Museum of Manassas. A big museum thank you goes to Mike and Jan Lovitt, owners of Chick-fil-A Bristow, Sue Campbell and the Chick-fil-A crew for sponsoring this event. It couldn't be done without Tracy Clark and the golf course staff and the museum volunteers who showed up in force to help run the event.

One more meeting to discuss what went right, what could have been done better and what can we do to make next year's air...
05/05/2019

One more meeting to discuss what went right, what could have been done better and what can we do to make next year's airshow the best ever. Then time to take a deep breath before the planning starts for next year!

What a Day for an Airshow!
The day awoke with gloomy skies and a chill in the air then, miraculously, as opening ceremonies began, the overcast departed revealing blue skies and puffy clouds. Perfect for watching daring young (and not-so-young) men performing maneuvers in their flying machines that no roller coaster could duplicate. And then there are the various ground displays — designed to pique the interest of adults and spark the imagination of youngsters. The Leaseweb Manassas Airshow Sponsored by Leidos is a bridge between the rich history of a sleepy junction during the Civil War and a vibrant city on the leading edge of the flight into the future.

What a Day for an Airshow!The day awoke with gloomy skies and a chill in the air then, miraculously, as opening ceremoni...
05/05/2019

What a Day for an Airshow!
The day awoke with gloomy skies and a chill in the air then, miraculously, as opening ceremonies began, the overcast departed revealing blue skies and puffy clouds. Perfect for watching daring young (and not-so-young) men performing maneuvers in their flying machines that no roller coaster could duplicate. And then there are the various ground displays — designed to pique the interest of adults and spark the imagination of youngsters. The Leaseweb Manassas Airshow Sponsored by Leidos is a bridge between the rich history of a sleepy junction during the Civil War and a vibrant city on the leading edge of the flight into the future.

Come out to the Manassas Regional Airport Saturday, May 4 for an exiting airshow! Due to ongoing new construction, we ha...
05/03/2019

Come out to the Manassas Regional Airport Saturday, May 4 for an exiting airshow! Due to ongoing new construction, we have lost our major parking option at the airport, so all public parking will be at the VRE and other auxilliary parking lots. Check out manassasairport.com for parking directions. No pets are allowed. Service dogs with proper documentation are allowed, but it you are to bring one, make sure their feet are protected. The tarmac can reach well over 100 degrees and can seriously damage the pads on their paws.

The Manassa Airshow is a GO for Tomorrow!
10-a.m. to 4 p.m. Watch thrilling aerobatic actslike the Air Force A-10 Demo Team, or Chefpitts flying upside-down and cutting a ribbon strung between two poles held up volunteers standing on the runway. There are lots of static displays, food options, and fun and games for people of all ages And, of course, don't forget the Freedom Museum! Our vehicles are on display and we will be selling T-shirts, hats, and memberships. NOTE Due to ongoing new construction, we have lost our grass lot previously used for parking. All public parking will be at the VRE and other auxiliary lots. Go to manassasairshow.com for parking directions

The Manassa Airshow is a GO for Tomorrow!10-a.m. to 4 p.m. Watch thrilling aerobatic actslike the Air Force A-10 Demo Te...
05/03/2019

The Manassa Airshow is a GO for Tomorrow!
10-a.m. to 4 p.m. Watch thrilling aerobatic actslike the Air Force A-10 Demo Team, or Chefpitts flying upside-down and cutting a ribbon strung between two poles held up volunteers standing on the runway. There are lots of static displays, food options, and fun and games for people of all ages And, of course, don't forget the Freedom Museum! Our vehicles are on display and we will be selling T-shirts, hats, and memberships. NOTE Due to ongoing new construction, we have lost our grass lot previously used for parking. All public parking will be at the VRE and other auxiliary lots. Go to manassasairshow.com for parking directions

Address

10600 Harry J Parrish Blvd Suite 4
Manassas, VA
20110

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(703) 393-0660

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Freedom Museum's 7th Annual Hangar Dance – the ultimate date night!
Thank You Woody for this thoughtful advice.
Stay tuned to this station tomorrow for more pictures from the Freedom Museum Hangar Dance and the B-17 "Aluminum Overcast" visit to the Manassas Regional Airport.