Learn about Reston's unique history and how its founding principles have continued into the 21st century.

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. as volunteers are available. 

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Preserving, Exploring, and Celebrating Reston's Unique History

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

2020 Membership Sponsors
Kalypso's Sports Tavern
Lake Anne Brew House
Reston's Used Book Store
Lake Anne Coffee House & Wine Bar 
New Trail Cycling Studio 



Join our Cardboard Challenge!

August 01, 2020

Take part in our 2020 At-Home Cardboard Challenge! This August, create your favorite Reston place, landmark, or boat for your favorite Reston lake out of cardboard and duct tape and share your creation with us! Participants should email images or a video of their cardboard creation to info@restonmuseum.org or tag @restonmuseum on twitter, facebook, or instagram. Register for a chance to have your creation exhibited inside the Reston Museum during October 2020 and a chance to receive a one-of-a-kind trophy from NovaLabs. Registration is not required to participate in the challenge but only those who register will be considered for the exhibit and award. Those selected will be notified in September 2020. Event is sponsored by The Kensington Reston

Join us and Public Art Reston for a vitrual public art tour!

July 13, 2020

We hope you will join Public Art Reston and the Reston Museum for an art-filled lunchtime virtual "walking" tour of a selection of outdoor sculptures found around the Lake Anne Village Center! Rain or shine, we will have a close look, share stories and answer questions about these fascinating public art treasures, all while maintaining a safe distance.

Time: Monday, July 13, 2020 12:00-1:00pm Eastern Time Event is free. Register to receive your login information. Registration is required and is limited to 100 attendees.

Reopening July 8th!

July 08, 2020

We are reopening July 8th. All visitors, staff, and volunteers are required to wear masks inside. Hand sanitizer will be made available upon entry. Visitors should follow new path through the museum and observe social distancing. Only 23 visitors will be allowed inside at a time. Adjusted hours: we will be open Tuesday - Saturday 11 am to 4 pm. 

Reston's History as a Diverse and Welcoming Community

June 18, 2020

Reston’s history cannot be told without acknowledging Reston’s goal to be a community for all. We hope our educational resources and programming assist in fostering inclusivity. By educating each other, we can inspire action that leads to a more equitable community.

Happy Father's Day!

June 04, 2020

Date Night With History at Home!

May 29, 2020

We've got Date Night Covered! Check out our "Date Night" page to meet the "eligible" artifacts in our collection and play a variety of Reston games including puzzles, trivia, and more! 

We've been awarded a grant by Virginia Humanities!

May 19, 2020

This year we are happy to announce we are receiving $4,000 in funding provided by Virginia Humanities and the National endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan 2020. For more information please visit www.virginiahumaities.org 

Explore Reston History with our NEW digital map!

April 30, 2020

View over 150 artifacts from our collection that tell the unique story of 34 locations in Reston! Map will be updated with more locations and more artifacts as time goes on. Enjoy!

Share Your Story

April 24, 2020

The COVID-19 panedmic is a historic event on a scale unlike anything we have seen before. In the years to come, we will look back and try to remember what life was like for the average person. As a community organization, it is the mission of the Reston Historic Trust & Museum to preserve the experiences of the Reston community and we invite everyone to share their stories with us.

Happy Mother's Day!

April 20, 2020

Give that special mother in your life a gift that will last a lifetime. Honor her with a personalized commemorative brick on Lake Anne Plaza. The commemorative brick from the Reston Historic Trust & Museum will include a digital Mother’s Day card announcing this unique and enduring gift.

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Reston Historic Trust & Museum

Lake Anne Plaza

1639 Washington Plaza

Reston, VA  20190




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