Preserving, Exploring, and Celebrating Reston's Unique History

Learn about Reston's unique history and how Reston's founding principles have continued into the 21st century by visiting the museum or attending one of our events.

Hours: Monday through Saturday 11 am - 4 pm, as volunteers are available.

Free admission!

Loation: Lake Anne Plaza - 1639 Washington Plaza Reston VA 20190

The Reston Historic Trust & Museum (RHT) is a community organization that preserves the past, informs the present, and influences the future of Reston through its exhibits, public programs, and events including the Reston Home Tour, Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta, and Founder's Day. 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. 
Museum admission is free!

Join the Reston Historic Trust & Museum as a member or donate today and you will help preserve Reston's history and will be supporting our mission to educate and engage the public with Reston's unique history. You will also receive discounts at the museum and other businesses at Lake Anne Plaza. 

Thank You to Our Sponsors


Strategic Partners
Reston Community Center
Fairfax County
Reston Association
Clarewood University

2019 Membership Sponsors
Kalypso's Sports Tavern
Lake Anne Brew House
Small Change Consignments
New Trail Cycling Studio 



New Case Exhibit! The Reston Story

January 03, 2020

New temporary exhibit focused on the promotional booklet The Reston Story. See beautiful sketches and read about how Reston was marketed as the place to live, work, and play. Exhibit case is located in our gift shop and on view during open hours. On view until February 2020!

2019 Year in Review

January 01, 2020

What a year! We had over 8,000 visitors to the museum and our events, 46 commemorative bricks were installed at Lake Anne Plaza, displayed 13 exhibits including temporary exhibits at the Reston Regional Library, over 2000 volunteer hours donated, 449 artifacts cataloged and we participated in 31 events and programs! We can't wait for 2020! 

Happy Holidays!

January 01, 2020

Check out our gift shop for the perfect gifts!

We've been published!

November 11, 2019

Read our latest article about Reston's original entrepreneur, Robert E. Simon Jr., in the latest edition of Around Reston! 

New Exhibit! Live, Work, PLAY! Toys of the 1960s!

November 13, 2019

Visit us between now and the end of they year to see our new case exhibit, fun for all ages! Learn about why certain toys were popular and compare them to the toys of today! 

Join us Nov. 13 for author Barbara Glakas presentation!

November 13, 2019

The Reston Historic Trust & Museum to Host author Barbara Glakas who will speak about her new book Hidden History of Herndon.  Local author Barbara Glakas uses rare photographs and firsthand accounts to tell little-known stories of the people, places and events that shaped the history of the Town of Herndon. The program will take place on November 13 at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery Reston Community Center Lake Anne starting at 7 p.m. Program is free and open to the public.

Tour Tips!

January 01, 2020

Getting ready for the Reston Home Tour? Check out our page for important tour tips including parking information, where to get food, tour hours, and more!

Read our Articles in Reston Association's October Publication!

January 01, 2020

Read our article on the upcoming Reston Home Tour Oct. 19 (p. 16) and the History of Reston Covenants (p.38)!

New Exhibit!

October 01, 2019

Visit the museum to see our new temporary case exhibit about Reston's Design House! Sponsored by the American Wood Council, the Design House, an all wood home, was built on Lake Thoreau in 1978. While somewhat controversial to put an all wood home on a lake, the builders chose wood for its many qualities: beauty, warmth, naturalness, durability, and practicality.

Lakeside Pharmacy icons installed at Lake Anne Plaza

September 24, 2019

Read about the Lakeside Pharmacy icon exhibit dedication in the Reston Connection. 

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Reston Historic Trust & Museum

Lake Anne Plaza

1639 Washington Plaza

Reston, VA  20190


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