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“Nice small museum” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Fairfax Museum

Fairfax Museum
10209 Main St., Fairfax, VA 22030
703-385-8414
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Ranked #6 of 20 Attractions in Fairfax
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: This museum focuses primarily on the city's Civil War battles.
Fairfax, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Nice small museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

Staff is informative here. It is a neat place to go see and read about the history of Fairfax City. They sell nice ornaments and other items.

Visited July 2011
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Washington DC
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“Small museum with small town charm”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

We love visiting local museums. Unlike the "big box" musuems in larger locales, local museums tend to have a narrower focus and offer a chance to get in depth information about topics that larger places won't have. Stop here for helpful information from volunteers staffing the desk. You can also get a wide range of brochures to area attractions. One hour or less is plenty of time to tour the exhibits which are professionally done. You can read the original love letters between Antonia Ford (a Confederate sympathizer who was jailed as a spy) and Joseph Willard (a Union officer and later owner of the famous Willard Hotel in Washington DC). If you visit during any of the historic open houses, expect to see men, women, and children in full (and authentic) period costumes. As the kids play and the "menfolk" talk politics, the women will serve you free lemonade and cake under the trees. Parking is free. No admission charge.There is a small gift shop selling souvenirs and books. The musuem hosts several special exhibits -- most recently one on home ownership in America and how housing styles and marketing for homes has evolved over the years.

Visited September 2011
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“Useful restrooms”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2010

Been here many times. Mostly so my kids could use the bathroom because they were playing at nearby Ratcliffe park. There isn't much to this museum. Two rooms of exhibits, one upstairs and one downstairs, with artificats of the history of Fairfax and explanations, and a couple of running videos. It's really more of a visitor's center than a museum, but they do try. Worth visiting if you need info. on area attractions and need to use the restroom, but I wouldn't make a special trip out for it.

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