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

Mission: The Reston Historic Trust & Museum is a community organization that preserves the past, informs the present, and influences the future of Reston through its exhibits, public programs, and events. Our goals are to engage the public in an exploration of community history; to promote Reston as a destination point for tourism; and to collect, preserve and interpret the artifacts and documents of Reston’s history.

Attend the Roots Music Festival at Lake Anne Plaza tomorrow, hear great music, and visit the museum to learn about Reston's historical roots!

#Throwbackthursday #RestonTownCenter. Based on the movies showing can anyone guess the year? #TBT #Reston #Fromthearchives #RestonMuseum @restontowncenter

Celebrating an anniversary? Commemorate the special dates in your life with a Commemorative Brick @lakeanneplaza! Bricks ordered now will be installed in 2020. More info: #anniversary #Reston #LakeAnnePlaza #RestonMusuem #Brick #commemorate #museummonday

Explore Reston outdoors this summer with these great books! #museummonday #museum #Reston #Bookstagram #fieldguide #lakeanne #nature #outdoors #explore #restonmuseum

Did you know? In July 1967 Lady Bird Johnson, First Lady of the United States from 1963 to 1969, visited Reston? Here is a #throwbackthursday to The Reston Times article about her visit! #Reston #TBT #RestonMuseum #Fromthearchives #FirstLady

Today is your last chance to register for the Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta on August 10! #Reston #lakeanne #lakeanneplaza #cardboardboatregatta #cardboardboat #cardboard #kalypsos #RestonMuseum #museummonday

Deadline to register for the 3rd Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta is July 1st! Race will be held August 10 2019 at Lake Anne Plaza. A chance to be creative and have a whole lot of fun! This year's presenting sponsor is Griffin Owens Insurance. Image from 2018 race. #Reston #Lakeanne #RestonMuseum #lakeanneplaza #fairfax #cardboard #cardboardboat regatta #cardboardboat #flashbackfriday

#Throwbackthursday to The Reston Times August 1 1966 publication featuring the Reston Community Players, the first community- wide organization in Reston. Their first production, “The Greatest Game in Town,” was staged in 1966 at a stable in Hunters Woods, which no longer exists. The community transformed the inner riding ring of the stable into a theater able to seat 500 people and was complete with a stage, sound system, lights, and soft drink stand. #TBT #RestonMuseum #Reston #Hunterswoods #RestonTimes #fromthearchives

Know someone moving to Reston? Get them a housewarming gift at the museum. We've got new stock including this "Live, Work, Play" stemless glass and "Home Sweet New Home" notecard! #Reston #RestonMuseum #Gift #liveworkplay #newhome #museummonday

2018 Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta

#Flashbackfriday! As we gear up for the third annual Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta this year watch this amazing video of last year's race! Registration closes July 1. Race is free to watch, mark your calendars for August 10! More information: Video created and edited by Jim Richards #LakeAnne #Reston #RestonMuseum #LACBR

Deadline to register for the 3rd Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta is July 1st! Race will be held August 10 2019 at Lake Anne Plaza. A chance to be creative and have a whole lot of fun! This year's presenting sponsor is Griffin Owens Insurance. Image from 2018 race. #Reston #Lakeanne #RestonMuseum #lakeanneplaza #fairfax #cardboard #cardboardboat regatta #cardboardboat #flashbackfriday

#ThrowbackThursday Tomorrow is the first official day of summer and we are celebrating with this fun photo of the Lake Newport Pool Grand Opening 1987. Mattox Commercial Photography #TBT #Reston #RestonMuseum #RestonHistory #fromthearchives

Reston Now

Register your team today!

More than 50 teams will construct and decorate a life-size cardboard boats and participate in timed heats during the regatta in August

For as little as 8 cents a day you can help us preserve and share Reston history! Become a museum member today! #Reston #RestonMuseum #RestonHistory #History

Looking for activities for your kids this summer? Bring them to the museum and they can explore Reston's history through our new Museum Activity Book! #Reston #RestonMuseum #MuseumMonday #RestonHistory #LakeAnnePlaza #schoolsout #summer

Sponsor the 2019 Reston Home Tour!

Sponsors of our Reston Home Tour are featured in our home tour booklet seen by over 800 attendees! For more information contact [email protected]. The 18th Annual Reston Home Tour will be October 19, 2019. Featured here are pages from our 2017 home tour booklet because no 2018 booklets were left! #flashbackfriday #Reston #RestonHomeTour #HomeTour

Anyone watch The Hot Zone last month? #Throwbackthursday The Connection June 7 1995. #Reston #RestonMuseum #TBT #fromthearchives #hotzone

MEMBERSHIP | Reston Historic Trust & Museum

We have over 160 museum members who support our mission to preserve and share Reston's unique history. Learn more about our membership program at Show your support for Reston by becoming a member of the Reston Historic Trust (RHT)! We share Reston's story through exhibitions, public and educational programming, events, and more. RHT also preserves Reston's history and makes our archives accessible to residents

The Reston Home Tour committee is searching for one more home for this year's tour which takes place on Oct. 19th from 10am to 5pm! We specifically are looking for a townhome in Reston. Please let us know if you have any nominations for the tour. Typically the homes for the tour have had renovations done, are decorated in a unique or interesting style, and/or have a special story to them! The tour is the largest fundraiser for the Reston Historic Trust and Museum. Please contact [email protected] for more information. #Reston #townhouse #Restonhometour #RestonMuseum

Show your love for Lake Anne everywhere you go with the I *Heart* Lake Anne water bottle! New in our gift shop! #Reston #RestonMuseum #LOLA #LakeAnne #water #gift #museummonday

#FlashbackFriday Come to the museum to view our Artifact of the Month! This photo was taken when new Summit Chase townhouses came on the market in the early 1980s. The man featured in the photograph camped out to make sure he got to see the homes first! Photo taken by Jackie Heitschue #Reston #townhome #1980 #RestonMuseum #Artifactofthemonth #RestonHistory #Faifax #summitchase

What a cool perspective! Here is a picture from our archives of Lake Anne when it was being developed during the early 1960s! #RestonMuseum #Fromthearchives #Reston #LakeAnnePlaza #RestonHistory #Throwbackthursday #TBT

The merchants on Lake Anne are feeling lots of love! We love working with these wonderful ladies!
Alex, Reston Museum
Doris, Chesapeake Chocolates
Pat Macintyre, Reston Art Gallery and Studios
Susann, small change
Eve, Lake Anne Coffee House and Wine Bar
Liz, New Trail Cycling Studio
Susie, Reston Used Book Shop
Melissa, Lake Anne Brew House
Lake Anne Plaza
Thank you to Susann Small Change Consignment for getting us together for this picture! :)

Reston Museum's cover photo

Commemorative Bricks are wonderful gifts! Commemorate a birthday, graduation, anniversary, holiday, or simply to celebrate yourself, a loved one, or love for Reston! Bricks are installed once a year at Lake Anne Plaza. #Reston #LakeAnnePlaza #LOLA #Commemorate #Brick #RestonMuseum #Fairfax #NorthernVirginia #NOVA

Support our mission to preserve and share Reston's unique history when shopping on #AmazonSmile! Every purchase you make on Amazon donates to us! #Reston #Amazon #RestonHistoricTrust #Fairfax #lakeanneplaza #MuseumMonday

While you are celebrating Reston Pride today at Lake Anne Plaza visit the museum to learn about Reston's unique history! Museum is free and open from 10 am to 4 pm.

Honor Dad with a Commemorative Brick @LakeAnnePlaza! Bricks purchased now will be installed in 2020. #FathersDay #Father #Dad #Reston #RestonMuseum #commemorativebrick #brick #

"Live Work Play" In Reston...AND Race a Cardboard Boat With Kurt Rose

#FlashBackFriday! As we start preparing for the third Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta we reminisce by listening to this podcast from last year where Kurt Rose RHT board member and chair of the Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta committee speaks with Meg Donnelly NoVA Weekend Warriors. #Reston #RestonMuseum #LakeAnne This week we talk about the "Play" in the Reston "Live Work Play" motto ... specifically ways to play this weekend at historic Lake Anne where the Reston Trust & Museum 2nd Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta will be taking place on Saturday! Links mentioned in this episode: Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regat...

Another amazing #Throwbackthursday from In His Own Words: Robert E. Simon Jr.! Image of #Reston's Founder Robert E. Simon Jr. riding a bike as a young man.

A friend mentioned he'll be riding the length of the UK soon which of course reminded me of Bob's epic journey. I thought others might enjoy this snippet from the book. For the full story and more great pictures, pick up a copy at the Reston Museum, Reston Used Book Store, the Reston Association, Amazon, or the Reston Library.

"I bought a bike and set forth from Edinburgh. The entire two-month period I rode my bike from the Lochs of Scotland all the way down to Land’s End/Cornwall – 2,000 miles in all.

Now, in 1935, I was a very rare bird in the villages: Some people had never seen an American. In one or two cases they’d call out the neighbors for a party.

I was not out to prove how fast I could go at all. I wanted to enjoy everything along the way. I had a touring bike with three gears; I sat up and saw the scenery. I was in no hurry. I averaged 50 miles a day. I’d drop in on anything along the way that interested me. It was just wonderful. When I got to Loch Ness I ran into quite a few people who knew somebody who had seen the monster. Nobody had seen it themselves. But the closest I came to it was a bunch of monks in a monastery who were completely convinced they’d seen the monster.

Interested in learning about Reston's unique history? Visit the museum at Lake Anne Plaza or check out our website! Our website highlights Reston's history and allows access to our past programs and publications about Reston's history! #RestonMuseum #RestonHistory #Reston #Fromthearchives #LakeAnnePlaza #TBT #ThrowBackThursday

COMMEMORATIVE BRICKS | Reston | Reston Historic Trust & Museum

Do you know a recent grad (or even a 2020 grad!) who loves Reston? Celebrate their accomplishments with a Commemorative Brick to be installed Lake Anne Plaza in 2020! Commemorative bricks are a great way to leave a legacy or honor a loved one in Reston. Ordering a commemorative brick also supports the Reston Historic Trust & Museum. Leave your mark on Reston with a Commemorative Brick at Lake Anne Plaza!

2019 Commemorative Bricks were installed this week! Honor a loved one or leave a legacy at historic Lake Anne Plaza by purchasing your own to be installed in 2020!

Looking for a fun team building activity for this summer? Register your team for the Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta August 10! Registration ends July 1! =#Reston #RestonMuseum #LakeAnne #Flashbackfriday #LifeonLakeAnne Lake Anne Plaza #Cardboardboat #regatta #fairfax #teambuilding #team Griffin Owens Insurance Group Rejuvenations Massage Therapy

Color Streetscape rendition of #RestonTownCenter created before Reston Town Center was built in the 1990s. #FromtheArchives #RestonHistory #Reston #RestonMuseum #RestonMuseumArchives #ThrowBackThursday #TBT

Thank you to Pat Macintyre, Mark Stencel, and Eric MacDicken for presenting a wonderful program for us this past Sunday! Recording of the program coming soon! Thank you to Reston Community Center for letting us use the Jo Ann Rose Gallery for this program! Reston Art Gallery & Studios #Reston #RestonHistory #Art #Free

Don't forget to engage with Reston's history by stopping into the museum when you visit Lake Anne Plaza. Admission to the museum is free!

Heading into a long, summer weekend...where else would you be if you aren't at the beach?

Lake Anne Plaza! Life is good on the lake.

Photos: Charlotte Geary Photography

We agree!

The history of Reston is an amazing story, we are so thrilled it is special to you as well!

Photo credit: Charlotte Geary Photography

COMMEMORATIVE BRICKS | Reston | Reston Historic Trust & Museum

Today the 2019 Commemorative Bricks were installed Lake Anne Plaza by the Lake Anne of Reston Condominium! Buy your Commemorative Brick today and your brick will be placed alongside these in 2020! Photographs by Kristina Alcorn #Reston #LakeAnnePlaza #LifeofLakeAnne #RestonMuseum #commmemorative #brick #Fairfax #LakeAnne #bronzebob #museummonday

We installed a new exhibit "Reston Stories" at the Reston Regional Library today. Make sure to check it out next time you are there! Learn about the past through oral histories. Share your own at #OralHistories #Reston #RestonHistory #RestonRegionalLibrary #Library #RestonMuseum #Story #Stories

Happy #BikeToWork Day! How many of you biked to work? Photographer unknown. #fromthearchives Bikers riding by #RestonTownCenter. #RTC #Reston #RestonHistory #Bike

#FromtheArchives. Photograph of Brown's Chapel by William Graham. Built in 1879 and moved to its current location 1968. #RestonHistory #RestonMuseum #Reston #ThrowBackThursday #TBT

We are looking for a recently renovated Reston townhouse! If your home fits this description we would love to showcase your home's unique style on our Reston Home Tour October 19, 2019! If you would like to be considered, please email pictures and a description of your home's renovation to [email protected]. Photograph from the 2018 Reston Home Tour by Bob Haukness.

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

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

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2018 Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta
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




1639 Washington Plz N
Reston, VA

General information

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 10:00 - 16:00
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