Reston Museum

Reston Museum Reston Museum is operated by Reston Historic Trust, and offers community exhibits and archives, plus Reston signature items for sale. As a volunteer staffed museum, we always recommend you call ahead to ensure there is someone there to assist you.
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UPCOMING FREE PUBLIC PROGRAM: "Reston Hears Voices, The Marketing of A New Town"Thursday, May 10th at 7 pmLocation: Jo A...
04/26/2018

UPCOMING FREE PUBLIC PROGRAM: "Reston Hears Voices, The Marketing of A New Town"
Thursday, May 10th at 7 pm
Location: Jo Ann Rose Gallery, RCC Lake Anne

Join the Reston Historic Trust & Museum Thursday, May 10th for a program titled “Reston Hears Voices: The Marketing Of A New Town”. Chris Rooney will discuss and present the print advertising campaigns of Reston during its first decade and how they relate to the creative revolution of Madison Avenue in the 1960s. Advertisements that ran in the Washington Post and Washington Evening Star reveal a wealth of insights on the new town as it sought to define itself to DC area readers – those same readers needed to populate Reston as well as businesses willing to relocate or set up shop in what was formerly wooded farm land in the outer suburbs of Virginia.

For more information, visit our website: https://www.restonmuseum.org/programs

For questions or to RSVP, contact us at [email protected] or 703-709-7700.

Programs of the Reston Historic Trust & Museum are supported in part by Reston Community Center.

It's #museumweek and today's theme is #heritageMW. This picture of a model of Lake Anne comes from a 1964 article by Ada...
04/25/2018

It's #museumweek and today's theme is #heritageMW. This picture of a model of Lake Anne comes from a 1964 article by Ada Louse Huxtable from The New York Times Magazine about the innovation of clusters in residential developments. Check out other artifacts of local heritage that the Reston Historic Trust & Museum preserves by browsing our online collection: http://restonmuseum.pastperfectonline.com/randomimages
#restonmuseumarchives #restonmuseum #archives

This map demonstrates Reston's zoning that allowed for mixed-use, mixed-density flexible development. This plan was adop...
04/24/2018

This map demonstrates Reston's zoning that allowed for mixed-use, mixed-density flexible development. This plan was adopted on July 18, 1962 and was a new concept at the time. #cityMW #museumweek #restonmuseum

"Bronze Bob", as he is affectionately called, is a bronze portrait of Reston's Founder Robert E. Simon. The sculpture wa...
04/17/2018

"Bronze Bob", as he is affectionately called, is a bronze portrait of Reston's Founder Robert E. Simon. The sculpture was created by Zachary Oxman and dedicated #onthisday in 2004 by the Reston Historic Trust. Who listened to Zachary Oxman's talk this past weekend at Founder's Day? #restonmuseum #bronzebob

On Founder's Day this past Saturday we had many visitors tell us what was their favorite thing about Reston. Responses i...
04/16/2018

On Founder's Day this past Saturday we had many visitors tell us what was their favorite thing about Reston. Responses included Reston's history, community, diversity, fun events, trees & trails and (we were glad to see) its museum! Founder Robert E. Simon's goals for Reston come true! What's YOUR favorite thing about Reston?

Thank you to everyone who came to Founder's Day this past Saturday and celebrated Reston with us! Check out more picture...
04/16/2018

Thank you to everyone who came to Founder's Day this past Saturday and celebrated Reston with us! Check out more pictures from the event on our website: https://www.restonmuseum.org/foundersday. We hope you had a fun day and will join us next April for the 55th Anniversary of Reston's Founding!

#OnThisDay in 2002 Reston, Virginia was named a National Historic Planning Landmark by the American Institute of Certifi...
04/16/2018

#OnThisDay in 2002 Reston, Virginia was named a National Historic Planning Landmark by the American Institute of Certified Planners. This plaque is on exhibit at the Reston Historic Trust & Museum! Learn more our collection here: https://www.restonmuseum.org/our-collection #restonmuseum

If you missed seeing the new exhibit "The Early Arts of Reston" on display at the Reston Historic Trust & Museum on Foun...
04/15/2018

If you missed seeing the new exhibit "The Early Arts of Reston" on display at the Reston Historic Trust & Museum on Founder's Day yesterday don't worry! The exhibit will be on display through the end of the month! Come in and see artifacts such as this one - an original program for the Reston Community Players' 1966 production of "The Greatest Game in Town"! #restonmuseum #exhibit
https://www.restonmuseum.org/

What is your favorite thing about Reston? Come to the Reston Historic Trust & Museum today during Founder's Day and add ...
04/14/2018

What is your favorite thing about Reston? Come to the Reston Historic Trust & Museum today during Founder's Day and add your comment!

The fountain got turned on today @lakeanneplaza! When you are visiting the plaza today, tomorrow for Founder's Day, or d...
04/13/2018

The fountain got turned on today @lakeanneplaza! When you are visiting the plaza today, tomorrow for Founder's Day, or during the rest of spring and summer come into the Reston Historic Trust & Museum! Learn about the history of Reston and the history of this fountain! https://www.restonmuseum.org/ #restonmuseum #reston

Join us TOMORROW April 14 for Founder's Day! Celebrate Reston with a day filled with music and fun family activities inc...
04/13/2018

Join us TOMORROW April 14 for Founder's Day! Celebrate Reston with a day filled with music and fun family activities including crafts, face painting, and more! The full program can be found here: https://www.restonmuseum.org/foundersday #foundersday #reston

Founder’s Day is presented by the Reston Historic Trust with support from Reston Community Center and co-sponsored by Reston Association and Public Art Reston. It is hosted by Lake Anne Plaza.

Myths & Monsters of Reston
04/13/2018

Tomorrow is the big day! Painted rocks will be hidden around Lake Anne Plaza and pathways by 10:00 am. When you find one, take a photo, post it to this page, and hide it for the next rock hunter.

The Reston Historic Trust and Museum mourns the passing of Ellen Graves on April 9th, 2018. A long time Reston resident,...
04/13/2018

The Reston Historic Trust and Museum mourns the passing of Ellen Graves on April 9th, 2018. A long time Reston resident, Ellen was passionate about her community and participated actively. She served on the Board of the Reston Historic Trust and Museum from 2008 – 2016. Ellen was our conscience, constantly raising our awareness and reminding us that all people living among us are equal and need to be included in the community work we do. We will miss the snappy style, wit, and charisma she brought to us all.

Stop by the Reston Historic Trust & Museum on Founder's Day this Saturday! Learn about Reston's history and see the new ...
04/12/2018

Stop by the Reston Historic Trust & Museum on Founder's Day this Saturday! Learn about Reston's history and see the new exhibit about the Early Arts of Reston! #tbt #throwbackthursday
https://www.restonmuseum.org/foundersday

Founder’s Day is presented by the Reston Historic Trust with support from Reston Community Center and co-sponsored by Reston Association and Public Art Reston. It is hosted by Lake Anne Plaza.

This Founder's Day April 14, Zachary Oxman will provide a reflective discourse on how Reston has impacted his creative j...
04/11/2018

This Founder's Day April 14, Zachary Oxman will provide a reflective discourse on how Reston has impacted his creative journey, share stories about notable projects, including "Bronze Bob," and discuss the evolution of his creative process. His talk will be at 3 pm at RCC Lake Anne Jo Ann Rose Gallery. Photo by Erin Lesnick. https://www.restonmuseum.org/foundersday

Founder’s Day is presented by the Reston Historic Trust with support from Reston Community Center and co-sponsored by Reston Association and Public Art Reston. It is hosted by Lake Anne Plaza.

Get your copy at the museum today!
04/10/2018

Get your copy at the museum today!

Myths & Monsters of Reston: Field Guide is loose! Now available on Amazon and locally at the Reston Museum, Small Change Consignment, and Reston's Used Book Shop.

On Founder's Day April 14 go on a Public Art Reston tour around Lake Anne led by art historian Phoebe Avery. The walk wi...
04/10/2018

On Founder's Day April 14 go on a Public Art Reston tour around Lake Anne led by art historian Phoebe Avery. The walk will start at 12:30 pm by the pyramid and will last approximately 1 hour. Learn more about Founder's Day here: https://www.restonmuseum.org/foundersday Founder’s Day is presented by the Reston Historic Trust with support from Reston Community Center and co-sponsored by Reston Association and Public Art Reston. It is hosted by Lake Anne Plaza.

A wonderful line-up of community entertainment has been scheduled for Founder's Day this Saturday April 14, 2018 includi...
04/10/2018

A wonderful line-up of community entertainment has been scheduled for Founder's Day this Saturday April 14, 2018 including performances from community organizations, individuals, and school groups. The full program can be found on the Reston Historic Trust & Museum's website: https://www.restonmuseum.org/foundersday

Founder’s Day is presented by the Reston Historic Trust with support from Reston Community Center and co-sponsored by Reston Association and Public Art Reston. It is hosted by Lake Anne Plaza.

On Founder's Day Saturday April 14 from 1-2pm hear from Reston authors LaVerne Gill, Donna Andrews, and Samantha Mina an...
04/09/2018

On Founder's Day Saturday April 14 from 1-2pm hear from Reston authors LaVerne Gill, Donna Andrews, and Samantha Mina and have them sign your books in the Jo Ann Rose Gallery at RCC Lake Anne! https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/e7f463_9c34eb3f1121498993e809f5efad631b.pdf

Founder’s Day is presented by the Reston Historic Trust with support from Reston Community Center and co-sponsored by Reston Association and Public Art Reston. It is hosted by Lake Anne Plaza. https://www.restonmuseum.org/foundersday

Myths & Monsters of Reston
04/09/2018

Join with friends and family for a Painted Rock Treasure Hunt on Reston's Founder's Day, April 14th! Look for whimsical, hand-painted stones created by local artists, inspired by the book Myths & Monsters of Reston, Virginia. More than a dozen adorned rocks are hidden and waiting to be discovered throughout Lake Anne Plaza and the nearby paths. When you find a Myths & Monsters rock, take a picture and post on this page. Be sure to tell us where you found it! Then re-hide it for the next rock hunter to find. You can also post a photo of the rock after it's hidden, giving clues as to location. Have fun and rock on!

Did you know? Reston's name was created from its Founder's initials RES coming from Robert E. Simon Jr. Celebrate Robert...
04/05/2018

Did you know? Reston's name was created from its Founder's initials RES coming from Robert E. Simon Jr. Celebrate Robert E. Simon Jr. at RHT's Founder's Day event Saturday, April 14, 2018 11am-4pm https://www.restonmuseum.org/foundersday

Come to Lake Anne Plaza Saturday, April 14, 2018 for Founder's Day! Founder's Day is a fun, family-friendly event celebr...
04/02/2018

Come to Lake Anne Plaza Saturday, April 14, 2018 for Founder's Day! Founder's Day is a fun, family-friendly event celebrating the 54th anniversary of Reston's founding by Robert E. Simon, Jr. Join the Reston Historic Trust and Museum (RHT) for a full day of activities, music and more at beautiful and historic Lake Anne Plaza. Come celebrate with your friends and neighbors, share your memories this special community, and rekindle your love affair with Reston.

A Fountain of Snow @LakeAnnePlaza. #restonmuseum #snow
03/21/2018

A Fountain of Snow @LakeAnnePlaza. #restonmuseum #snow

The Museum is closed today 3/21/2018 due to the weather. Enjoy the snow day everyone!
03/21/2018

The Museum is closed today 3/21/2018 due to the weather. Enjoy the snow day everyone!

Show your Reston pride by becoming a member of the Reston Historic Trust & Museum! Memberships support the Trust’s mis...
03/20/2018

Show your Reston pride by becoming a member of the Reston Historic Trust & Museum! Memberships support the Trust’s mission to preserve the past, inform the present, and influence the future of Reston. Members receive a discount in the museum shop and discounts at other Lake Anne Plaza stores and restaurants. Learn more: https://www.restonmuseum.org/membership #restonmuseum #membership

Thank you to our panelists and to everyone who came and participated in the Reston's Historic Trust's program last night...
03/16/2018

Thank you to our panelists and to everyone who came and participated in the Reston's Historic Trust's program last night at RCC Lake Anne about the women pioneers of Reston! It was wonderful to have so many celebrate with us!

Come see this fabulous quilt tonight at the Reston Historic Trust's free public program about the women pioneers of Rest...
03/15/2018

Come see this fabulous quilt tonight at the Reston Historic Trust's free public program about the women pioneers of Reston at RCC Lake Anne Jo Ann Rose Gallery at 7 pm. The quilt was given to Jane Wilhelm by her colleagues and students when she left her position as the director of Glaydin School. The quilt is on loan to the Reston Historic Trust from Reston's Used Book Shop. #womenshistorymonth #restonmuseum #restonusedbookshop

Don't forget about tonight's FREE program! Celebrate Women's History month with RHT by learning about the women pioneers...
03/15/2018

Don't forget about tonight's FREE program! Celebrate Women's History month with RHT by learning about the women pioneers of Reston. The program will be at RCC Lake Anne Jo Ann Rose Gallery tonight at 7 pm. #restonmuseum #womenshistorymonth #throwbackthursday

Priscilla Ames’ mission in life and as director of the developer's Community Center was to welcome newcomers, share al...
03/14/2018

Priscilla Ames’ mission in life and as director of the developer's Community Center was to welcome newcomers, share all the opportunities Reston had to offer, and refer those in need to the agency best equipped to help. Learn about her and other women pioneers of Reston at our upcoming free public program at RCC Lake Anne Jo Ann Rose Gallery on March 15 2018 at 7 pm. https://www.restonmuseum.org/programs #restonmuseum #rcc #WomensHistoryMonth

Chloethiel Woodard Smith was an architect and urban planner in the DC area whose work was known nationally and internati...
03/13/2018

Chloethiel Woodard Smith was an architect and urban planner in the DC area whose work was known nationally and internationally. She designed Waterview Cluster, pictured here. Learn about her and other women pioneers of Reston at our upcoming free public program at RCC Lake Anne Jo Ann Rose Gallery on March 15 2018 at 7 pm. https://www.restonmuseum.org/programs #restonmuseum #rcc #WomensHistoryMonth

Join us this Thursday, March 15 for RHT's free public program at RCC Lake Anne Jo Ann Rose Gallery at 7 pm. Learn about ...
03/12/2018

Join us this Thursday, March 15 for RHT's free public program at RCC Lake Anne Jo Ann Rose Gallery at 7 pm. Learn about pioneers like Carol Lubin who created the "Master Plan" for churches, schools, and community programs and social amenities in Reston before the first people moved in. https://www.restonmuseum.org/programs #restonmuseum #rcc #WomensHistoryMonth

Support RHT through Amazon Smile! 3x your impact! From March 12-31, Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first s...
03/12/2018

Support RHT through Amazon Smile! 3x your impact! From March 12-31, Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first smile.amazon.com purchase! Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/31-1557566 and Amazon donates to Reston Historic Trust.

Beverly Cosham featured center stage during the first performance in Reston: “The Greatest Game in Town."  Join the Re...
03/10/2018

Beverly Cosham featured center stage during the first performance in Reston: “The Greatest Game in Town." Join the Reston Historic Trust for our free public program to celebrate women's history month March 15 2018 at 7 pm #womenshistorymonth #restonmuseum #rcc

03/08/2018
Women Pioneers of Reston, VA

Today is International Women's Day 2018! Hear what women thought of Reston at its beginning in this video https://vimeo.com/259039032 and don't forget to join us at RHT's FREE public program on March 15, 2018 at RCC Lake Anne Jo Ann Rose Gallery. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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03/08/2018

Today is International Women's Day 2018! Hear what women thought of Reston at its beginning in this video https://vimeo.com/259039032 and don't forget to join us at RHT's FREE public program on March 15, 2018 at RCC Lake Anne Jo Ann Rose Gallery. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Today is International Women's Day 2018! Hear what women thought of Reston at its beginning in this video https://vimeo....
03/08/2018

Today is International Women's Day 2018! Hear what women thought of Reston at its beginning in this video https://vimeo.com/259039032 and don't forget to join us at RHT's FREE public program on March 15, 2018 at RCC Lake Anne Jo Ann Rose Gallery. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Jane Wilhelm served as the first Director of Community Services and The Reston Foundation. Learn about her and other wom...
03/04/2018

Jane Wilhelm served as the first Director of Community Services and The Reston Foundation. Learn about her and other women pioneers of Reston at our upcoming free public program at RCC Lake Anne Jo Ann Rose Gallery on March 15 2018 at 7 pm. https://www.restonmuseum.org/programs #restonmuseum #rcc #WomensHistoryMonth

Celebrate Women's History Month by learning about the women pioneers of Reston including Jane Wilhelm, Carol Lubin, Pris...
03/01/2018

Celebrate Women's History Month by learning about the women pioneers of Reston including Jane Wilhelm, Carol Lubin, Priscilla Ames, and Chloethiel Woodard Smith at RHT's upcoming free program on March 15, 2018 at RCC Lake Anne Jo Ann Rose Gallery at 7 pm https://www.restonmuseum.org/programs #RestonMuseum #RCC #WomensHistoryMonth #throwbackthursday

Beautiful evening at Lake Anne. #Reston #LakeAnne #sunset
02/27/2018

Beautiful evening at Lake Anne. #Reston #LakeAnne #sunset

New inventory! We've restocked our shop with Rev. LaVerne Gill's book: Reston's African American Legacy Vol. No. One. Co...
02/27/2018

New inventory! We've restocked our shop with Rev. LaVerne Gill's book: Reston's African American Legacy Vol. No. One. Come by the museum and pick up your copy today! #restonmuseum #book https://restonmuseum.org

The Reston Historic Trust is compiling a list of the women pioneers of Reston between 1961-1975 and 1976 to the present ...
02/19/2018

The Reston Historic Trust is compiling a list of the women pioneers of Reston between 1961-1975 and 1976 to the present to correspond with our upcoming program on March 15, 2018. See the start of our list here: https://www.restonmuseum.org/women-pioneers-of-reston

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1639 Washington Plz N
Reston, VA
20190-4305

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Monday 11:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 11:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 16:00
Thursday 11:00 - 16:00
Friday 11:00 - 16:00
Saturday 11:00 - 16:00

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(703) 709-7700

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