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The Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center

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Who doesn’t love to travel and explore the neighboring towns and countries?


For most of us going on a trip is a bliss, whether it’s a quick getaway, a family vacation, or even for business purposes. But sadly, most people fail to know or read about the local history of the places they visit.


So, in your trip to the historical city of Fairfax, you better not miss The Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center in your list of places to visit. The museum is located at 10209 Main Street, Fairfax which is in the heart of Northern Virginia. The place is open every day from 9 AM to 5 PM.


Before you go, here are some details you might want to know:


  1. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1873 as the Fairfax Elementary School and considered as the first ever two-story brick school in Fairfax County.
  2. It is a state-certified visitor center wherein you can gather general information about the transportation, accommodation, dining, and special events in Fairfax City, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
  3. The museum allows school and youth groups to hold an educational outreach and walking tours of Old Town Fairfax and the historic buildings of the City during the spring and fall seasons.
  4. What can you find in the museum? You can expect to see some historical pictures and pieces, portraits, paintings, writings pertaining to George Washington and the history of civil war Fairfax. They change the display from time to time, so you might want to get updates online if you are planning to visit in the future.
  5. You can actually bring your children and let them indulge in the richness of history through the exhibitions.
  6. The moment you’ll enter the center, the staff will greet you warmly. They will brief you shortly what you can find on the first and second floor of the museum. You can ask for pamphlets for a guide to other popular sites, activities, and gift shops in the area.

If you have questions specifically about the artifacts, there are historians working in the museum. Just remember, you’ll not pay for anything because the entrance is free.


  1. The sidewalks and elevator of the facility are handicapped-accessible. Therefore, if you are traveling with a physically disabled loved one, you can definitely bring him/her for a good experience.
  2. Just a reminder, the museum has limited parking. You can just leave your vehicle from where you’re staying and just walk your way to the museum. But if you really need to drive, make sure to find a parking space near the area in advance.

Where to go? Wherever you are planning to spend your next vacation, try to know first the past of the place.


Just like the Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center–the place wouldn’t even take a lot of your time to get to know about the local history of Fairfax. Besides, the short experience will be all worth it.


Moreover, there are also great spots near the area. You can visit the Fairfax Art League Gallery, The Old Fire Station No. 3, the National Firearms Museum, Historic Blenheim And The Civil War Interpretive Center, George Mason University Center For The Arts, etc.


If you want to relax a little, there’s a wine house, a bistro, a grocery store, and famous dining places. Accommodation is available as well–there’s a close bed and breakfast and inns.


The space is especially small because they want to preserve the original form and appearance as much as possible as it is considered as the oldest brick two-story school remaining in Fairfax County.


Greater Washington Dentistry: Dr. Shohreh Sharif
8626 Lee Hwy #205, Fairfax, VA 22031, USA
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