September Events at the Manassas Museum‏

As fall begins, the Manassas Museum has great programs in store for visitors and residents.

Sept. 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. enjoy free admission to the Manassas Museum, refreshments and family activities during First Friday in Historic Downtown Manassas.

Sept. 6 at 2 p.m. join Museum staff for an Architectural Tour of Historic Downtown homes.  If you have ever wondered about the unusual little hipped-roof building or who built Annaburg Manor, this tour will answer those questions and many more.  Visit or call 703-257-8453 for information or to reserve your space.

Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. 3 to 5 year old children and their caregivers are invited to Pre-K Tuesday at the Manassas Museum to enjoy stories, crafts, songs and outdoor exploration.  Visit or call 703-257-8453 for information or to reserve your space.
Sept. 13 at 9 a.m. join Museum Staff on a Bicycle Tour of historic sites.  This is a family-friendly tour but it is BYOB (bring your own bike).  The tour begins at the Manassas Museum.  Visit or call 703-257-8453 for information or to reserve your space.
Sept. 27 – free entry to the Manassas Museum during Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live.  Attendees must present Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Admission Card to gain free entry to the Museum. The card is available online at and each household is permitted two free entries.  The Manassas Museum traces the history of the Northern Virginia Piedmont region, and tells the compelling story of how the Civil War touched the area. It also includes displays and artifacts from the founding of Manassas, and its early days as a city.  Museum Day represents the Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across the country the opportunity to offer free admission just as Smithsonian museums do in Washington, D.C.
Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. readers and history lovers are invited to a free book talk from author Alison Fortier about her book, A History Lover’s Guide to Washington, D.C.  Fortier goes beyond traditional guidebooks to create a historical journey that makes the capital’s most beloved sites that much more interesting.  Visit or call 703-257-8453 for information or to reserve your space.
Through Sept. 8, the Civil War Journey: The Maps and Sketches of Private Robert Sneden exhibit has been held over due topopularity.  The exhibit combines 45 of Private Robert Sneden’s watercolor maps and drawings with eyewitness accounts from Sneden’s memoir. The Sneden collection, one of the premier treasures in the 8.5 million-object Virginia Historical Society collection, includes thesoldier’s 5,000-page memoir and 1,000 watercolors that illustrate views of battles and battlefields, maps, and depictions of military life during the Civil War.
Sneden was a Union soldier who served as a mapmaker in the Army of the Potomac, and was also a prisoner of war captured by John S. Mosby’s troops at Brandy Station. He continued making clandestine drawings even while being held in the notorious Andersonville Prison. Some of his images are the only known depictions of lesser-known locations and events. His scrapbooks came to light in 1993 after spending more than sixty years in a bank vault, and additional research led to the 1997 discovery of his five-volumememoir in a storage unit in Arizona.
The Manassas Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Monday Federal holidays including Labor Day.

Patty Prince
Public Affairs Specialist
City of Manassas, VA


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