Reston Museum

Reston Museum offers educational and public programming, exhibits, host annual events, plus Reston merchandise. The museum preserves a collection of artifacts related to Reston’s history. Admission is free! Open as volunteers are available. 501c3

Join us next Sunday May 19 at 7 pm at RCC Lake Anne for our free public program "Pat Macintyre-Bringing Art to a New Town." From You Gotta Have Art to Pioneering Women of Reston, renowned artist Pat Macintyre shares her story of her engaging 1970s TV show, her enduring influence on generations of artists, and how Reston continues to inspire her artwork. #Reston #RestonMuseum #RestonHistory #GottaHaveArt https://www.restonmuseum.org/programs

New exhibit at the museum! Learn about Reston's 55 years of dedication to art! This image is of the Heron House Gallery (Now Reston Art Gallery & Studios) #TBT #ThrowbackThursday #Reston #RestonMuseum #RestonHistory #fromthearchives Donated by Peter McCandless

Around Reston

A fun Reston history quiz! By Chris Rooney in Around Reston

Did everyone solve this puzzle from Around Reston Winter/Spring issue? Thank you to Chris Rooney for putting this together for us! We think it's fun!

Lake Anne Plaza

The countdown to summer is on!

Summer on the lake is our favorite time of year!

Save this post or bookmark: http://qoo.ly/x8uf8 to stay informed about our events.

Throughout the month of May visit us to view our new temporary exhibit "Reston: 55 Years of Dedication to Art." Lake Anne has always had an art gallery but it has changed ownership several times and had different names. Learn all about it in this exhibit! #MuseumMonday #Reston #RestonMuseum #fromthearchives #LakeAnnePlaza #LifeatLakeAnne #LOLA #Art #Exhibit #Gallery #HeronHouse #Fairfax

Join us Sunday May 19 at 7 pm at RCC Lake Anne for our free public program "Pat Macintyre-Bringing Art to a New Town." From You Gotta Have Art to Pioneering Women of Reston, renowned artist Pat Macintyre shares her story of her engaging 1970s TV show, her enduring influence on generations of artists, and how Reston continues to inspire her artwork. Photo by Charlotte Geary #Reston #RestonMuseum #RestonHistory #GottaHaveArt https://www.restonmuseum.org/programs

[05/03/19]   We are looking for volunteers! https://www.restonmuseum.org/volunteer

Having so much fun sharing Reston history!

Our Merchants Committee is stealing the show at today's Reston Expo for General Dynamics! Lucky employees here indeed.

#ThrowbackThursday Our Artifact of the Month is this photograph of the dedication of the Vernon J. Walker Nature Center in 1987. Photo By Warren Mattox. View it at the museum, visit our booth during this Saturday's Spring Festival at the Walker Nature Center, and read our article about Vernon Walker online at https://issuu.com/restonassociation/docs/reston_april_2019/38, (The building built in 1987 was a small seasonal structure, the Nature House we know today opened in 2009) #TBT #Reston #RestonMuseum #RestonHistory #fromthearchives #walkernaturecenter #nature #walker Donated by Peter McCandless

Did you know you that Reston Town Center and the Reston Museum at Lake Anne Plaza are within walking distance of each other? We did the walk this past weekend using Reston Association's Green Trail map and took some pictures. Enjoy! We hope you use the trail to visit the museum!

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Read our article in Reston Magazine about Vernon Walker, Reston's pioneer naturalist! Written by Shelley Mastran, Immediate Past Chair of our board.

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Reston Spring 2019

Read our article in Reston Magazine about Vernon Walker, Reston's pioneer naturalist! Written by Shelley Mastran, Immediate Past Chair of our board.

issuu.com Reston Magazine a Reston Association publication @2019

[04/30/19]   To take advantage of the warmer weather we will open at 10 am on Saturday mornings as volunteers are available. The earlier opening will continue until colder weather rolls around again!

If you haven't seen Charlotte Geary's Photography exhibit "The Women of Lake Anne" here at the museum you still have a chance! We have extended this exhibition to be on display throughout May! #LakeAnnePlaza #Reston #RestonMuseum #LifeonLakeAnne Charlotte Geary

Join us Sunday May 19 at 7 pm at RCC Lake Anne for our free public program "Pat Macintyre-Bringing Art to a New Town." From You Gotta Have Art to Pioneering Women of Reston, renowned artist Pat Macintyre shares her story of her engaging 1970s TV show, her enduring influence on generations of artists, and how Reston continues to inspire her artwork. #Reston #RestonMuseum #RestonHistory #GottaHaveArt https://www.restonmuseum.org/programs

So excited for all of these upcoming events! Especially, the Reston Museum's Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta on Aug 10! Pick up Lake Anne Plaza's calendar of events at the museum!

The Lake Anne Plaza summer brochure is out! Stop by your favorite plaza merchants this weekend to pick up your copy!

#Throwbackthursday. Image of the barn that used to be at Hunters Woods. The barn was demolished in the 1980s. #RestonHistory #Reston #RestonMuseum #Hunterswoods #TBT #Barn #Horse Photograph by Arvil Daniels

Lake Anne Plaza

You can meet author Amanda Hurley in person during our Sept 18th program this year! https://www.restonmuseum.org/programs

Check out the Kojo Nnamdi show The Kojo Nnamdi Show today on NPR WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio, featuring RESTON!!
http://qoo.ly/wxs4b
#lola #LifeOnLakeAnne #Reston #LakeAnnePlaza #LiveLocal #LakeAnne

We love sharing Reston's unique history at the museum! Many of the first Restonians are featured in our exhibit.

Pioneers, indeed. Was your family among the "first"? Let us know!

Fountain right outside the museum

Fountain right outside the Reston Historic Trust & Museum

One of Reston's Founding principles was that Reston should be beautiful and nature would be fostered. We think Reston is still achieving that goal in 2019! Lake Anne Plaza #LifeatLakeAnne #walk #Reston #earthday #vangogh #vangoghbridge #bridge #lake #water #trees #waterview

During @Lakeanneplaza's Spring Eggstravaganza today get a goodie filled egg by visiting the Reston Museum between 11 am to 4 pm, as eggs last! #Reston #LakeAnnePlaza #RestonMUseum #LifeonLakeAnne ##Spring #Eggstravaganza #instamuseum

Tomorrow during Lake Anne Plaza's Spring Eggstravaganza get a an egg filled with a sweet treat by visiting the Reston Museum between 11 am to 4 pm, as eggs last! #Reston #LakeAnnePlaza #RestonMuseum #LifeonLakeAnne #Spring #Eggstravaganza #instamuseum

Lake Anne Plaza fountain is on! The fountain was created by James Rossant in 1965. Rossant modeled this part of the fountain to like like sand castles made on the beach. We feel so lucky to have this fountain right outside our front door! #LakeAnnePlaza #LifeonLakeAnne #Reston #RestonMuseum #PublicArt #Fountain

Reston Historic Trust & Museum entrance. Spring is here!

We hope everyone is enjoying spring break! We certainly are enjoying spring here at the museum! #Reston #RestonMuseum #RestonHistory #LifeatLakeAnne #LakeAnnePlaza

#Throwbackthursday. View looking at #LakeAnnePlaza from The Mooring Restaurant (now Kalypsos). #RestonHistory #Reston #RestonMuseum #TBT

We hope everyone is enjoying spring break! We certainly are enjoying spring here at the museum! #Reston #RestonMuseum #RestonHistory #LifeatLakeAnne #LakeAnnePlaza

Join us Sunday May 19 at 7 pm at RCC Lake Anne for our free public program "Pat Macintyre-Bringing Art to a New Town." From You Gotta Have Art to Pioneering Women of Reston, renowned artist Pat Macintyre shares her story of her engaging 1970s TV show, her enduring influence on generations of artists, and how Reston continues to inspire her artwork. #Reston #RestonMuseum #RestonHistory #GottaHaveArt https://www.restonmuseum.org/programs

A little about the history of public art in Reston!

Public Art Reston would like to say Happy Birthday to the Bauhaus!

This year marks the 100th anniversary of this highly influential art and design movement. Reston is home to many public artworks with strong Bauhaus roots. The Lake Anne Village Center architects and artists James Rossant and William Conklin studied with Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius and sculptor Gonzalo Fonseca adopted many of the school's modernist principles in works like the Sun Boat and The Underpass. Reston artist and teacher Marco Rando credits the Bauhaus as a major influence on his work.

New Stock! Get this Reston Map tote online or in our museum gift shop for $12.50! https://www.restonmuseum.org/shop #Reston #MuseumMonday #RestonProject #RestonMuseum #RestonMap #Map

Reston is a planned community. This drawing, an example of the cluster housing concept, comes from the Reston Master Plan. What other planned communities do you know about? There are several here in the D.C. Metro area! #Reston #Reston History #RestonMuseum #ThrowBackThursday #TBT #PlannedCommunity #FromtheArchives #RestonMuseumArchives

This past Saturday was Founder's Day where we celebrated Reston unique history and its Founder Robert E. Simon Jr. Founder's Day is always celebrated around Mr. Simon's birthday, April 10th. Thank you Mr. Simon! #Reston #RES #RestonHistory #RestonMuseum

Art students at South Lakes High School created these wonderful magnets, key-chains, and trivets inspired by the Lakeside Pharmacy icons. Make at least a $10 donation on our gofundme and then come into the museum to pick one of the artworks while these amazing pieces last! Only a handful left! https://www.gofundme.com/preserve-lakeside-pharmacy-icons Thank you South Lakes! #Reston #SLHS #SouthLakes

The sculpture of Reston's Founder Robert. E. Simon Jr watches over the commemorative bricks Lake Anne Plaza. Order your brick from us today and it will get installed on the plaza in 2020! https://www.restonmuseum.org/bricks #Reston #RestonMuseum #Brick #LakeAnnePlaza

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

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Fountain right outside the museum
Museum Holiday Shopping!
2018 Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta
2014 Reston Video Scavenger Hunt
Menda singing, Felicia on piano
Jan 2011 Annual Meeting
Reston Home Tour-2007
Reston Home Tour-2008
Reston Home Tour-2009
"Bob the Builder" - the animated story of Reston

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1639 Washington Plz N
Reston, VA
20190-4305

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Reston Museum offers educational and public programming, exhibits, plus Reston merchandise. Annually we host the Reston Home Tour, Lake ANne Cardboard Boat Regatta, and Founder's Day. The museum preserves a collection of artifacts related to Reston’s history. Admission is free! Open as volunteers are available. We are a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit

Opening Hours

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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