Events and Programs
2019 Calendar of Events
|Through November 2
2 p.m.; $5 - 12 & under free
Downtown Walking Tours
Enjoy a leisurely stroll through picturesque Historic Downtown and learn about Manassas in its early days through the present day. Tours run every first Saturday of the month through November 2. To make a reservation visit Echoes Online Store, call 703-368-1873 or visit Echoes, the Manassas Museum store.
October - December 2019
|October 4, 2019 - February 23, 2020
New Exhibit: Native Legacy: The Patawomeck Indians of Virginia
Learn how the first people to settle this area lived. Reproduction tools, sketches by 17th century artist John White, and other objects will illustrate the life of the Native peoples who lived here for thousands of years before Europeans arrived. Join us for the Exhibit Opening Reception on October 4 at 6 p.m.
Bull Run Rotary Flag Display on the Museum Lawn
Witness the colorful transformation of the Museum Lawn into a sea of red, white and blue.
3 p.m.; free
Stories of Preservation and Progress Speaker Series
The Benson-Rice Storytellers--Featuring John Myers as Colonel John Rice and Fred Eckstein as corporal Amos Benson--tell the legendary tale of John Rice of the 2nd New Hampshire, who is seriously wounded during the Battle of First Manassas in 1861. Local resident Amos Benson and his wife Margaret are said to have found him and cared for him along the roadside for more than week, watching him make a miraculous recovery. In 1886 he returned and persisted in his efforts to find some way to repay the Bensons. Amos asked that Rice help pay off the Sudley Methodist Church debt, and Rice returned home to Massachusetts to raise enough money to retire the debt.
|December 6 - 31
New Exhibit: Deck the
This is the fifth and final year of the holiday display of Christmas trees decorated by local elementary school students, this time from Weems Elementary. Kindergarten and First Graders decorate the trees based on a theme they choose--usually a favorite book.
5 - 8 p.m.; free
Manassas Museum Holiday Open House
Be a part of this annual tradition as Santa arrives by VRE train after 6 p.m. and lights the city tree on the lawn. Enjoy cookies and a holiday display in the Museum courtyard, and enjoy special discounts at Echoes, the Museum Store.
1:30 p.m.; free
Book Talk with Author Gary Powers, Jr. on his book "Spy Pilot"
Join author Gary Powers Jr., the son of famed U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers as he recounts the facts and dispels misinformation about the Cold War espionage program that turned his father into a Cold War icon. One of the most talked-about events of the Cold War was the downing of the American U-2 spy plane piloted by Powers’ father over the Soviet Union on May 1, 1960. The event was recently depicted in Bridge of Spies, the Steven Spielberg movie starring Tom Hanks. Powers lectures internationally and appears regularly on C-SPAN, the History Channel, Discovery, and A&E Channels.
1 - 4 p.m.; free
Holiday Open House at Liberia
Enjoy this historic house decked out for the season and raise a toast to the season!
Winter Wonderland Train Show at the Center for the Arts
9419 Battle St.
Get into the holiday spirit as the National Capital Trackers set up their O gauge trains amid an elaborate winter fantasy background for the annual display. Hours are: Wednesday, December 18 - Friday, December 20, 5 - 8 p.m.; Saturday, December 21, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Sunday, December 22, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.