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Fairfax Museum & Visitor Center

Museums, Galleries and Archives (Local and County Historical Societies, Museums, and Archives)


The Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center provides general information about the city of Fairfax, in addition to a comprehensive history of the area. Located in a two-story schoolhouse built in 1873, the Museum's exhibits focus on the history of Fairfax during the Civil War. Rotating exhibits feature art, technology, or individual stories of war experiences. The Visitor's Center also features seasonal walking tours of the area.

One of the displays found within the Visitor's Center—the exhibits rotate periodically
View of the Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center, once the Fairfax Elementary School


The Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center provides information on both the past and present state of Fairfax. The Museum includes artifacts from the Civil War and explains both the battles in the area and the effects that the War had on area growth. Rotating exhibits feature art, technology, or individual stories of war experiences.

The Fairfax Visitor Center offers information about the current city of Fairfax. The volunteers who work at the center are able to give information to tourists on lodging, recreation, and special events in the area.

The Museum and Center offer seasonal, 90-minute walking tours of the Historic District. The first stop on the tour is the Museum itself, the oldest remaining two-story brick schoolhouse in Fairfax. Built in 1873, the Fairfax Elementary School cost taxpayers $2,750. The bricks were made across the street at the Farr property. The tour continues on to several notable architectural examples in the city: the Dr. William Gunnell House (ca. 1835), Fairfax County Courthouse (1800), and the Ratcliffe-Allison House (1812). This tour explains how the city of Fairfax was shaped through architecture and personal history.

Historic Fairfax City, Inc. (HFCI), the advisory board to the City of Fairfax Office of Historic Resources, manages the operation of City-owned properties. It is a non-profit organization that helps raise funds for building preservation. Proceeds from the walking tour go to these preservation efforts.

Outside the Historic District are properties that showcase the 19th-century rural heritage of the area, and its 20th-century transformation into a Washington, D.C. suburb. You can visit the 1859 Blenheim farmhouse, famous for inscriptions left by Union Soldiers during its occupation. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the annual Fairfax Civil War Day is hosted at Blenheim. Also nearby is the Tastee 29 Diner, which is also listed in the NRHP.


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10209 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22030
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Open daily from 9am to 5pm
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This location was created on 2014-06-12 by Martin Donavon .   It was last updated on 2016-08-22 by Angelica Garcia .

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