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Tour Six Exemplary Museums in Virginia

Whether you're hoping to learn some of the history surrounding the Shenandoah Valley in western Virginia, or if you're a fan of the 2nd Amendment traveling to explore the National Firearm Museum, visit Virginia soon. These six museums are sure to delight all members of the family when you visit – from Alexandria out to Luray. 


1. Gadsby's Tavern Museum 

Make your way into central Virginia and head for Alexandria, where you'll want to explore Gadsby's Tavern Museum. Found just inland of the Potomac River, Gadsby's Tavern Museum is made up of two historic buildings – a tavern and the City Hotel. Named for John Gadsby, he was the proprietor from 1796 to 1808. Drive in from nearby Falls Church and tour Gadsby's Tavern Museum to learn about the social customs and history of the time.

2. Fairfax Museum & Visitor Center

Travel to Fairfax and check out the Fairfax Museum & Visitor Center. A great way to gain insight into the Fairfax area, and learn a little about the history, too, the Fairfax Museum & Visitor Center is just off of Main Street and the Old Lee Highway. If you're new to the area, or on your first visit into north-central Virginia, the Fairfax Museum & Visitor Center can guide you to the best outdoor activities in the area – not to mention where to eat, shop, and pick up souvenirs.

3. National Firearms Museum  

Maybe you're a curious on-looker interested in history, or maybe you're a serious gun collector. Or maybe you're in the middle somewhere – either way, you'll enjoy a tour of the National Firearms Museum in Fairfax. Drive in from nearby Sterling and tour the 15,000 square foot facility. You'll have a chance to view and learn about nearly 3,000 firearms spread across 85 different exhibits. The Robert E. Petersen Gallery is one of the newer additions to the museum, added in 2010. It features one of the single largest collections of Gatling guns for public display.

4. Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center 

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Civil War buffs and fans of American History alike rarely miss out on a chance to tour the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center. Make your way to the charming city of Fredericksburg and head for the visitor center – you'll many treats once you arrive. Explore on the guided walking tour, enjoy the 22-minute film, yielding insights into th making of the visitor center and the history found within. You can drive in from Stafford, or stay right in downtown Fredericksburg. The Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center is the site of the 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg.

5. Luray Valley Museum 

Explore western Virginia on your next visit and head for the city of Luray. Once there, be sure to tour the always exceptional Luray Valley Museum. You and the family will have a chance to learn a bit about the city of Luray and it's surrounding area – explore the depths of the museum, spread across seven acres. There are 12 historic structures to view and tour, including the Stonyman Mining Company Gem Sluice. Be sure to also check out the 1825 Elk Run Drunkard Church.

6. Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Stick around in western Virginia and be sure to visit the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. Found in Winchester, the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is a short, scenic drive from nearby cities Culpeper and Harrisonburg. Locally known as the MSV, this historic museum yields plenty of insights into area's past – spread across four distinct galleries, you'll learn plenty about the Shenandoah Valley. There's the Julian Wood Glass Jr. Gallery, the R. Lee Taylor Miniatures Gallery, the Changing Exhibition Gallery, and the Shenandoah Valley Gallery. Also, when you visit between March and November, be sure to tour the Glen Burnie Historic House and it's six-acre garden. 

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