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

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 us Monday Mornings!

April 13, 2020

Starting April 13 join us for our new virtual Monday morning program! We'll be highlighting artifacts and presenting virtual tours! 

New Online Acitivites for Kids!

April 07, 2020

Kid's activity book, scavenger hunt, and programs Reston Community and Go Green now available online! 

New Online Exhibit! Reston: Community Building Since 1966

April 03, 2020

From Reston's beginning, the community has made building a sense of community and forming community organizations a priority. learn about the long-standing community organizations of Reston in this new online exhibit

Share your story

March 26, 2020

We're living in historic times and we want your help in recording it. How has COVID-19 influenced your life and that of the Reston community? Share your story with us!

Update - cancellations & operating status

March 16, 2020

We will be closed through June 10th. We will extend the closure if necessary. Our April Story time will be conducted online. Founder's Day April 18th is cancelled. While we can not meet in person, we encourage everyone to celebrate Reston's history within their own homes by watching our past programs, reading our articles, or browsing our artifact collection. Please email info@restonmuseum.org if you have any questions. 

Participate in the Founder's Day Float Parade

April 18, 2020

Here comes the parade! We're inviting everyone to create a small, mobile float inspired by the theme “Reston: Past, Present, Future” and then march in the Founder’s Day opening ceremony on April 18th. There is no entry fee, but everyone must register. Register at the Reston Historic Trust & Museum or online at https://www.restonmuseum.org/founders-day-float-parade. Parade will begin at 12:00 p.m. 

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, Herndon-Reston FISH, 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. 

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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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