The current 7,000-square-foot building on eight acres opened in 1991. Permanent and temporary historical exhibits interpret Northern Virginia Piedmont history through artifacts, documents, videos, and images.
The Museum houses the McBryde Library and Archives and Echoes, the Museum Store. Plans for expanded exhibit galleries, artifact conservation facilities, and an educational center are currently under development.
Very fun with my two toddler boys. There was a craft area next to the bathrooms to make their own pinwheel, lots of Christmas trees decorated by local schoolchildren, which made the museum smell so festive and lovely. We visited originally to check out the playground which is directly behind the museum and leads to a short trail. The boys enjoyed the train jungle gym and a little metal butterfly we snapped a photo next to. Out front is a huge Christmas tree. We plan to return at night to get a great holiday family photo.
This was my first time going to the museum and my initial reaction was, this is small! However they were working on a new exibit and Have many outside activities that are run through the museum. I totally loved their gift shop and their selection of books for purchase. I found one called Southern Food and Civil Rights, Feeding the revolution. My husband saw it and loved it because many of it's recipes are of the southern foods that he grew up enjoying.
This is a really nice museum. Enjoyed our visit very much. Staff were very friendly and helpful. They went out of their way to find answers to all our questions. There is no admission charge which is a plus.
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our walk through the museum. The exhibits were beautifully arranged and the clothing display was fascinating. I am so glad we decided to stop as we were exploring Manassas. The museum was very easy to access within Old town Manassas. My husband and I parked in the public parking lot and walked the short distance to it. I would recommend giving yourself at least an hour to see everything the museum has to offer; the building may look small but there is a lot of history in those walls!
It's small, so I wouldn't make a whole day's plans around it. It was free though, and it has some interesting displays.