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
 
Partner
Reston Association
 
Restonian
Clarewood University

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

 

 

Reston: Community Building Since 1966

March 11, 2020

Join us for a round table discussion between several Reston community organizations that are celebrating significant anniversaries in 2020. Learn about how organizations such as Reston Community Center, Cornerstones, Reston Garden Club, The Walker Nature Center, Reston Chorale, and Reston Community Players have evolved over the years and the impact they have had on the community. Program will take place at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery Reston Community Center Lake Anne at 7 p.m. on March 11, 2020. Program is free and open to the public. Programs of the Reston Historic Trust & Museum are supported in part by the Reston Community Center.

We've been published!

February 10, 2020

Read our article in Around Reston about Reston's history as an open community! 

Retro Game Night at the Museum!

February 28, 2020

Grab your friends and play board games in the museum after hours! The Reston Historic Trust & Museum is hosting Retro Game Night February 28, 2020 6-9 pm. Choose from over a dozen games provided by Staring Player Pop-up. Feel free to bring your own games and grab some of the provided snacks! The event is free and open to the public but space is limited to 30 guests so come early to grab a spot! Intended audience: adults.

Reston, a Photographer’s Muse: Why Reston Is Uniquely Captivating Through the Lens

February 12, 2020

The Reston Historic Trust & Museum to host an evening with Reston photographer Charlotte Geary. Geary will present a slideshow and discussion of Reston photographs at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne. Ever since moving to Reston nine years ago, Charlotte has felt impelled to photograph the lifestyle and scenery of this community. What makes Reston particularly appealing to a photographer? Charlotte will discuss the influence of Reston’s unique aesthetics, opportunities, and people. 

 

In addition to her own contemporary images, Charlotte will present historic photos from the Reston Museum’s collection, to demonstrate consistent themes in photos of Reston over the years. She will also offer tips for taking great photos of places and people, with suggestions for photographers of any skill level. Program is free and open to the public. Programs of the Reston Historic Trust & Museum are supported in part by Reston Community Center.  Photo by Charlotte Geary. 

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.

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Reston Historic Trust & Museum

Lake Anne Plaza

1639 Washington Plaza

Reston, VA  20190

703-709-7700

info@restonmuseum.org 

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