Reston Museum

Reston Museum offers educational and public programming, exhibits, plus Reston signature items for sale. The museum also preserves a collection of artifacts related to Reston’s history. Admission is free!

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.

April 6, 2019 - Celebrating Reston's Founder Robert E. Simon Jr. and Reston's 55th Anniversary. We are so grateful for Robert Simon, his vision, and that we can work, live, or play in such a wonderful community over fifty years after Reston's founding!

April 6, 2019 - Celebrating Reston's Founder Robert E. Simon Jr. and Reston's 55th Anniversary. We are so grateful for Robert Simon, his vision, and that we can work, live, or play in such a wonderful community over fifty years after Reston's founding!

We are having so much fun today celebrating Reston's history and Reston's founder Robert E. Simon Jr. Come join the fun at Lake Anne Plaza #Reston #LifeonLakeAnne

During Founder's Day today we celebrate Reston's Founder Robert E. Simon Jr. Come to the museum today and see the exhibit "Untold Stories & The History of the Sculpture by Zachary Oxman Dedicated to Reston’s Founder" in our gift shop! #RestonMuseum #Fromthearchives #Reston #Lakeanneplaza

Come view the commemorative bricks that will be installed @lakeanneplaza this year! If you haven't gotten a commemorative brick for yourself or a loved one order yours today! Bricks purchased today will be officially ordered and installed in 2020. #Lakeanneplaza #commemorativebricks #Reston #RestonMuseum.

Founder's Day is just getting started! Art Historian Phoebe Avery's Public Art Tour of Lake Anne will start in one hour at 1:20 by the Pyramid! Don't miss exploring Lake Anne with her! Public Art Reston #Reston #FoundersDay

Meet the authors of Memoir Your Way and learn how to create a personal, polished memoir your family will treasure. Authors will be available to sign purchased copies of their book. Starting at 1:30 in Reston Community Center's Jo Anne Rose Gallery! Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1208610365959978/ #Reston #RestonMuseum #FoundersDay #Memoir

We are about to get started with Founder's Day! Come down to Lake Anne Plaza and enjoy community performances, children's activities & crafts, exhibits at Reston Museum and Reston Community Center, explore Public Art with Public Art Reston, and meet the Authors of Memoir Your Way and Artist Marco Rando! #FoundersDay #Lakeanneplaza #Reston https://www.restonmuseum.org/foundersday

Today during Founder's Day Lake Anne Plaza we celebrate Founder Robert E. Simon Jr. In 1961, Simon purchased 6,750 acres of land situated between the nation’s capital and the new international airport, and began plans for a “new town” bearing his initials: RESton. Reston's Master Plan would plan for an innovative new community to include mixed use development and an emphasis on leisure and practical living. Without his innovative thinking we would not have the amazing community we have today. Thank you Robert Simon! Come to Lake Anne Plaza and help us celebrate! https://www.facebook.com/events/1208610365959978/ 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. #Reston #FoundersDay #LakeAnnePlaza #RestonMuseum

Art is a major component of our Founder's Day celebration. Tomorrow Public Art Reston will be conducting a public art tour of Lake Anne Plaza, Artist Marco Rando will be speaking about how Reston has influenced his artwork, and the museum has the exhibit "Untold Stories & The History of the Sculpture by Zachary Oxman Dedicated to Reston’s Founder" on view! You can also pick up Public Art Reston's fabulous book about #PublicArt @LakeAnnePlaza at the museum! #Reston #Art #RestonHistory #RestonMuseum

See the Lakeside Pharmacy eye dropper up close during Founder's Day April 6! The icon will be displayed in the Reston Museum. Support our efforts to bring back the Lakeside Pharmacy icons back to Lake Anne Plaza! https://www.gofundme.com/manage/preserve-lakeside-pharmacy-icons #Reston #RestonHistory #Savetheicons Lake Anne Plaza

Tomorrow! Join us for Founder’s Day! Enjoy a full day of family-friendly activities, remember founder Robert E. Simon, Jr. and celebrate the history of this special community. Founder’s Day is presented by the Reston Historic Trust with support from @restoncommunitycenter and co-sponsored by @restonassociation and @PublicArtReston. It is hosted by @lakeanneplaza. #Reston
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Artist Marco Rando, who recreated Gonzalo Fonseca’s Wooden Horse Lake Anne Plaza will be speaking tomorrow at 2:40 in RCC's Jo Ann Rose Gallery as a part of Founder's Day. He will discuss how Reston has influenced his work. Q&A will follow.

Founder's Day program https://www.restonmuseum.org/foundersday

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Join us tomorrow for Founder's Day to celebrate Reston's founding principles, its success, and Robert E. Simon!

In 1962, Robert E. Simon spelled out his Seven Goals for the community of Reston. Bob planned Reston as an innovative “New Town” where people could LIVE, WORK and PLAY, and Lake Anne was the first village center to be constructed based on these principles. 57 years later, Lake Anne still stands as a testiment to this vision. As we count down to FOUNDER'S DAY tomorrow, let's take a look back at the foundation from which we've grown.

#LifeOnLakeAnne #lola #LakeAnnePlaza #plaza #LiveLocal #liveworkplay #reston

Commemorative bricks are a great way to leave a legacy or honor a loved one in Reston. What will you have inscribed onto a commemorative brick Lake Anne Plaza? Learn more: https://www.restonmuseum.org/bricks. 2019 Commemorative Bricks will be on display this Saturday during Founder's Day #lifeatlakeanne #Reston #LakeAnnePlaza #RestonMuseum

This Founder's Day, April 6, bring home keepsakes all about Reston's Founder Robert E. Simon Jr. The book In His Own Words by Kristina Alcorn and a glass with his initials on them are both available in our gift shop! #Reston #RestonHistory #RestonMuseum #RES #TBT #ThrowbackThursday. If you can't make it you can always buy the book online: https://www.restonmuseum.org/product-page/book-in-his-own-words

See Charlotte Geary's Photography exhibit "The Women of Lake Anne" at the Reston Museum throughout April! #Reston #LifeonLakeAnne #Reston #RestonMuseum #LakeAnnePlaza Charlotte Geary #LifeWorkPlay

[04/04/19]   New exhibit in the museum! Learn about the creation of "Bronze Bob" at Lake Anne Plaza and the history of our Founder's Day Celebration in our exhibit "Untold Stories & The History of the Sculpture by Zachary Oxman Dedicated to Reston’s Founder" Join us for the 15th Founder's Day this Saturday! #RestonHistory #Reston #RestonMuseum #FoundersDay #BronzeBob #publicart #TBT #Throwbackthursday

Counting down to Founder's Day with Reston's 7 founding principles!

In 1962, Robert E. Simon spelled out his Seven Goals for the community of Reston. Bob planned Reston as an innovative “New Town” where people could LIVE, WORK and PLAY, and Lake Anne was the first village center to be constructed based on these principles. 57 years later, Lake Anne still stands as a testiment to this vision. As we count down to FOUNDER'S DAY this Satrurday, April 6th, let's take a look back at the foundation from which we've grown.

#LifeOnLakeAnne #lola #LakeAnnePlaza #plaza #LiveLocal #liveworkplay #reston

On Saturday April 6, Founder's Day, the 2019 Commemorative Bricks will be displayed outside the Reston Museum before they are installed later in the spring. There are over 200 already installed Lake Anne Plaza. If you haven't already get a brick to honor a loved one or celebrate yourself to be a part of the 2020 commemorative brick group! https://www.restonmuseum.org/bricks #Reston #LakeAnnePlaza

One of the amenities Robert E. Simon offered Reston's first residents was the library at 1639 Washington Plaza. When this library closed the museum moved in!

In 1962, Robert E. Simon spelled out his Seven Goals for the community of Reston. Bob planned Reston as an innovative “New Town” where people could LIVE, WORK and PLAY, and Lake Anne was the first village center to be constructed based on these principles. 57 years later, Lake Anne still stands as a testiment to this vision. As we count down to FOUNDER'S DAY this Satrurday, April 6th, let's take a look back at the foundation from which we've grown.

#LifeOnLakeAnne #lola #LakeAnnePlaza #plaza #LiveLocal #liveworkplay #reston

On Founder's Day April 6th join the guided walking tour of public art around Lake Anne with Art Historian Phoebe Avery. Who knows the name of the artist who created the ceramic mural that can be found on the underpass this group is about to view? @publicartreston #Reston #PublicArt #PublicArtReston #Art @lakeanneplaza

Celebrate Founder's Day April 6 with Public Art Reston!

Join us for a 1-hour guided walking tour of public art around Lake Anne with Phoebe Avery at 1:20 pm, starting at "The Pyramid" and an artist talk from 2:40-3:40 with Marco Rando at the RCC Jo Ann Rose Gallery about his creative journey and Reston public artworks! Events are free and open to all!

Reston Community Center Lake Anne Plaza Reston Museum Reston Association Lopez Studios, Inc. Performing Arts Preparatory School The Reston Chorale Reston Community Players#mythsandmonstersofreston Friends of Reston Fairfax County Public Schools Foley Academy of Irish Dance

Celebrate Founder's Day with Public art Reston!

Join us for a 1-hour guided walking tour of public art around Lake Anne with Phoebe Avery at 1:20 pm, starting at "The Pyramid" and an artist talk from 2:40-3:40 with Marco Rando at the RCC Jo Ann Rose Gallery about his creative journey and Reston public artworks! Events are free and open to all!

Reston Community Center Lake Anne Plaza Reston Museum Reston Association Lopez Studios, Inc. Performing Arts Preparatory School The Reston Chorale Reston Community Players#mythsandmonstersofreston Friends of Reston Fairfax County Public Schools Foley Academy of Irish Dance

Charlotte Geary Photography photography exhibit The Women of Lake Anne will be on display throughout April at @Restonmuseum! Make sure to drop by tomorrow during Founder's Day to see this wonderful exhibit of amazing women! Only a few are shown here! @LakeAnnePlaza #Lake Anne #Reston #RestonMuseum #Exhibit #Portrait #womenoflakeanne

In 1962, Robert E. Simon spelled out his Seven Goals for the community of Reston. Bob planned Reston as an innovative “New Town” where people could LIVE, WORK and PLAY, and Lake Anne was the first village center to be constructed based on these principles. 57 years later, Lake Anne still stands as a testiment to this vision. As we count down to FOUNDER'S DAY this Satrurday, April 6th, let's take a look back at the foundation from which we've grown.

#LifeOnLakeAnne #lola #LakeAnnePlaza #plaza #LiveLocal #liveworkplay #reston

In 1962, Robert E. Simon spelled out his Seven Goals for the community of Reston. Bob planned Reston as an innovative “New Town” where people could LIVE, WORK and PLAY, and Lake Anne was the first village center to be constructed based on these principles. 57 years later, Lake Anne still stands as a testiment to this vision. As we count down to FOUNDER'S DAY this Satrurday, April 6th, let's take a look back at the foundation from which we've grown.

#LifeOnLakeAnne #lola #LakeAnnePlaza #plaza #LiveLocal #liveworkplay #reston

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Will you be coming down to Lake Anne Plaza for Founder's Day this Saturday? Check out the program! https://www.restonmuseum.org/foundersday

The Reston Historic Trust and Museum is hosting the 55th annual anniversary of Reston’s founding with a celebration on Saturday

Founder's Day (April 6, 2019) has an AMAZING line up of community performers! See a list of the performers and when they will be on stage Lake Anne Plaza here: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/e7f463_367706a9fefa45caaac5cf92469a2668.pdf #Reston #RestonRCC Fairfax County Public Schools Foley Academy of Irish Dance
Lopez Studios, Inc. Performing Arts Preparatory School The Reston Chorale Reston Community Players

Lake Anne Plaza

In 1962, Robert E. Simon spelled out his Seven Goals for the community of Reston. Bob planned Reston as an innovative “New Town” where people could LIVE, WORK and PLAY, and Lake Anne was the first village center to be constructed based on these principles. 57 years later, Lake Anne still stands as a testiment to this vision. As we count down to FOUNDER'S DAY this Saturday, April 6th, let's take a look back at the foundation from which we've grown.

#LifeOnLakeAnne #lola #LakeAnnePlaza #plaza #LiveLocal #liveworkplay #reston

Reston Community Centerhas organized an amazing lineup of community performers for Founder's Day on April 6th. Are you performing with one of the groups on Founder's Day? Make sure to say you are going on our facebook event page! https://www.facebook.com/events/1208610365959978/ #FoundersDay #Lakeanneplaza #Reston Lake Anne Plaza

Lake Anne Plaza

In 1962, Robert E. Simon spelled out his Seven Goals for the community of Reston. Bob planned Reston as an innovative “New Town” where people could LIVE, WORK and PLAY, and Lake Anne was the first village center to be constructed based on these principles. 57 years later, Lake Anne still stands as a testiment to this vision. As we count down to FOUNDER'S DAY next Saturday April 6th, let's take a look back at the foundation from which we've grown.

#LifeOnLakeAnne #lola #LakeAnnePlaza #plaza #LiveLocal #liveworkplay #reston

Painted Rock Treasure Hunt is on April 6th, we can't wait to start searching for them Lake Anne Plaza! The Myths & Monsters Field Guide is always available in our gift shop.

Going to our Painted Rock Treasure Hunt at Lake Anne Plaza? While there, you can pick up "Myths & Monsters of Reston" and the "Field Guide" at Reston's Used Book Shop or at the Reston Museum. (If you already have both books, stop in anyway and say hi — they’re really nice folks!) 😃

Join us April 6 for our annual Founder’s Day event 12 - 4 pm Lake Anne Plaza! This year Reston Association is sponsoring a moon bounce, will provide children's activities and crafts including T-shirt art, and they will be selling popcorn and cotton candy! We can't wait to celebrate Reston and Robert E. Simon! #Reston #Lakeanneplaza #RestonMuseum #RestonAssociation
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1208610365959978/
Website: https://www.restonmuseum.org/foundersday

Untold Stories ("Bronze Bob") by Zachary Oxman. Sculpture of Reston's Founder Robert E. Simon Jr. Cared for by the Reston Historic Trust & Museum.

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Lake Anne Plaza is helping us get excited for Founder's Day with a countdown of Reston's Founding principles!

In 1962, Robert E. Simon spelled out his Seven Goals for the community of Reston. Bob planned Reston as an innovative “New Town” where people could LIVE, WORK and PLAY, and Lake Anne was the first village center to be constructed based on these principles. 57 years later, Lake Anne still stands as a testiment to this vision. As we count down to FOUNDER'S DAY next Saturday April 6th, let's take a look back at the foundation from which we've grown.

#LifeOnLakeAnne #lola #LakeAnnePlaza #plaza #LiveLocal #liveworkplay #reston

In 1962, Robert E. Simon spelled out his Seven Goals for the community of Reston. Bob planned Reston as an innovative “New Town” where people could LIVE, WORK and PLAY, and Lake Anne was the first village center to be constructed based on these principles. 57 years later, Lake Anne still stands as a testiment to this vision. As we count down to FOUNDER'S DAY next Saturday April 6th, let's take a look back at the foundation from which we've grown.

#LifeOnLakeAnne #lola #LakeAnnePlaza #plaza #LiveLocal #liveworkplay #reston

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FOUNDER'S DAY | Reston Virginia | Reston Historic Trust & Museum

Find out about all the events and activities going on this Founder's Day! https://www.restonmuseum.org/foundersday

restonmuseum.org Every April, the Reston Historic Trust & Museum hosts Founder's Day, a full day of family-friendly activities and a day to remember Reston's founder Robert E. Simon, Jr. and the history of this special community.

Happy Friday! #FridayFun #TGIF Lake Anne Plaza

On Founder's Day April 6 explore Lake Anne Plaza Public Art! This guided walking tour of public art will be led by Art Historian Phoebe Avery. The walk will last approximately 1 hour and will begin by the Pyramid! Public Art Reston#Reston #LakeAnnePlaza #Foundersday #PublicArt #PublicArtReston #Art

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