Events

2016 Calendar of Events

ANNUAL PROGRAMS
February - December;
6 - 9 p.m.;
1st Friday of the month
First Friday
Treat yourself to an evening in Historic Downtown Manassas! For more information, visit Historic Manassas, Inc.

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April - October;
(Thursday & Friday);
Noon; Free
Historic Downtown Walking Tours
Why weren't the battles of Manassas fought in what is now the City of Manassas? Learn about how Manassas began and significant episodes of our community's past. Visitors need to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for the temperature and for the weather.
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April - October;
Saturdays (except during major events)
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.;
Free
Museum at the Market
(Lot B, Prince Williams Street and West Street)
Have you ever written with a quill pen? Have you ever broken a spy code? These are just some of the activities the Museum staff features at the Saturday Farmer's Market that are fun for the whole family. Visit the City of Manassas Farmer's Market Facebook page for each week's activity.
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SPRING

February 13,
March 12, &
April 9;
Noon; all ages; $15/person
Liberia Hard Hat Tours
(8601 Portner Avenue, Manassas, Va)
Walk in the footsteps of presidents and generals from the Civil War and explore the oldest home in Manassas as it undergoes restoration. Discover the most recent Civil War graffiti and see the rarely-opened attic and basement.
(May be postponed due to construction schedule)

To purchase tickets visit Echoes Online Store, call 703-368-1873 or visit Echoes, the Manassas Museum store for tickets.
Liberia Structural Repairs
April 2,
May 7, &
June 4;
9-11 a.m.; $5/person
(Description of tours)
Bicycle Tours
Take a leisurely bicycle ride and learn about hidden gems around Manassas including historic Civil War encampments, local parks, and important crossroads. Bring your own bike. 
 
To purchase tickets visit Echoes Online Store, call 703-368-1873 or visit Echoes, the Manassas Museum store for tickets.
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SUMMER

May 29 through August 21; Sundays at Noon;
Free
Liberia Plantation Tours
(8601 Portner Avenue, Manassas, Va)
See Liberia Plantation, the 1825 home used by Union and Confederate forces during the Civil War and visited by Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. See Civil War graffiti that was recently discovered.
Liberia Plantation
June 4;
10 a.m.-3 p.m.;
Free
22nd Annual Manassas Heritage
Railway Festival
Experience Manassas at its best this June and come out to the 21st Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival. This family celebration of rich railroad history features train memorabilia, specialty vendors, and live performances.

For more information, visit Historic Manassas, Inc.
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July 9 & 16, and August 13 & 20; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; $75/person
 
  
Van Tours
Where did the Confederate Army go after First Manassas? Did Washington sleep here?! Have you ever noticed historic signs throughout Northern Virginia and want to stop and read them? This is your chance to answer these and other questions and to learn about the rich history of the area. The tour will include food and an (adult) beverage at a local attraction.
 
To purchase tickets visit Echoes Online Store, call 703-368-1873 or visit Echoes, the Manassas Museum store for tickets.
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June 28 - July 1; Civil War;
9 a.m.-2 p.m.; $135/ages 9-13

August 9 - 12; Archaeology & Swim;
9 a.m.-4 p.m.; $200/ages 9-13
Camps
Civil War Camp - For four days immerse yourself in Civil War life. Learn how science and math applications changed the course of the war and our nation's history, and experiment with technology that was developed then and used now.

Archaeology & Swim Camp - Do you have what it takes to be an archaeologist? Have you ever been part of an archaeological dig? Try your hand at setting up a dig site, shoveling, sifting and learning about the artifacts we hope to discover on the museum grounds. After digging and sifting in the morning, enjoy a fun afternoon at the Stonewall Pool. 
 
To purchase tickets visit Echoes Online Store, call 703-368-1873 or visit Echoes, the Manassas Museum store for tickets.
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August 2;
6 - 8 p.m.;
Free
National Night Out
Join the annual community event held in conjunction with the Manassas City Police and enjoy music, entertainment and fun for the whole family.
National Night Out
August 26 - 28;
Free
 
(Schedule of Events) 
  
Civil War Weekend
The popular annual event features living history, a re-enactment of the 1862 burning of Manassas Junction, and fun for the entire family. Don't miss keynote speaker John Hennessy, Chief Historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, and the Civil War mourning exhibit.

Civil War Weekend

FALL

October 1;
10 a.m.-5 p.m.;
Free
34th Annual Fall Jubilee
Come to Historic Downtown and enjoy some family fun, music, food, games, shopping, and so much more!

For more information, visit Historic Manassas, Inc.
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October 7 & 21;
8 p.m.; 
$5/person
Cemetery Tours
(9317 Center Street, Manassas, Va)
Have you ever wondered if anyone famous is buried in the Manassas Cemetery? Have you ever wondered about how the Confederate Cemetery was established? Experience this walking tour and hear about the final resting place of many fascinating people.
 
To purchase tickets visit Echoes Online Store, call 703-368-1873 or visit Echoes, the Manassas Museum store for tickets.
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October 16;
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Free
(rain date October 23)
Picnic With the Painters at
Liberia Plantation
(8601 Portner Avenue, Manassas, Va)
In a bygone era, before cell phones, computers, television and the Redskins, people entertained themselves with a relaxing picnic. Step back in time and enjoy music, entertainment and a host of professional and amateur painters who will create works of art. Bring a blanket and your own picnic lunch.
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October 29;
6:30 - 8 p.m.; $15/person; $7.50/12 & under
Spirits of Liberia
(8601 Portner Avenue, Manassas, Va)
Referred to in the Civil War as the "Death House" Liberia Plantation has a colorful history. Find out about the people buried on the property and other colorful stories of residents and travelers who fought, suffered and died around the area.
 
 To purchase tickets visit Echoes Online Store, call 703-368-1873 or visit Echoes, the Manassas Museum store for tickets.
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WINTER
December 2;
5:30 - 8 p.m.;
Free
Merry Old Town:
Christmas Tree Lighting
Make time to enjoy old-fashioned family fun at the “Merry Old Town” celebration in Old Town Manassas! The holiday fun begins at 5:30 p.m., and the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting starts at 6:30 on the Manassas Museum lawn. Take a free hayride around Historic Downtown, visit with Santa, and go for a skate at the Harris Pavilion ice rink.
For more information, visit Historic Manassas, Inc.
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December 16;
6 - 8 p.m.;
Free
Holidays on the Lawn
'Tis the season to enjoy stories, drinks, songs, carols, modern and old fashioned Holiday traditions on the Museum Lawn. Bring your appetite and a singing voice.
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EXHIBITS

February 2 - 28 What the Civil War Soldier Carried: Selections from the Collection of Dr. Charles Poland For Dr. Charles Poland Jr., it started at age 12 with the gift of a Lincoln biography. And when the Civil War bug took hold, Dr. Poland amassed a collection of Civil War artifacts that would be the envy of any museum. His collection, once the basis of a mobile museum that entertained thousands of school children, has now found a home at the Manassas Museum thanks to his generous donation.

Poland Collection
March 4 -
April 17
Perspectives
Now in its' third year, this annual art exhibition features works created by the talented students of Osbourn High School.
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March 8 -
April 17
To Be Sold
Using the works of acclaimed nineteenth century artist Eyre Crow, this exhibit examines the story of enslaved African Americans sold into the largest forced migration in American history. An exhibition from the Library of Virginia with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities .
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May 6 -
August 28
The Quest for "Light and Liberty"
 
(Guest Curator John Hennessy) As a capstone to the recent events surrounding the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, this exhibit will look at post-war Virginia from Reconstruction through the adoption of the new state Constitution in 1902.
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June 3 -
August 28
John Singleton Mosby: Lawyer, Soldier, Statesman
(Guest Curator David Goetz)
Created to honor the 100th anniversary of the death of Mosby, this exhibit will examine the many different facets of his life including his career as a lawyer and diplomat.

Don't miss the special panel discussion on May 22 at 1:30 p.m.

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September 11 - February 19, 2017 Bearing Witness to History: Manassas Veterans & the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
Using first person narratives as a backdrop, this exhibition will highlight the stories of local veterans that served in America's most recent conflicts. Produced in partnership with the Freedom Museum.
Iraq War
September 11 - November 27 September 11, 2001:
Manassas Remembers
Produced to mark the 15 year anniversary of the terror attacks on New York and Washington, this exhibit will be made up entirely of first person accounts from a broad cross section of our community: first responders, eyewitnesses and victims.
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Permanent Exhibit; Open daily;
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.;
Free
On The Tracks of History (permanent exhibit)
Learn more about the history of the railroads in Manassas, located in the Southern Railway Depot at 9431 West Street; 703-361-6599.
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