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Address: 11200 Fairfax Station Rd, Fairfax Station, VA 22039-1011
Phone Number:
+1 703-425-9225
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Hours:
Sun 13:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Take a step back in time and discover the Fairfax Station Museum and the...

Take a step back in time and discover the Fairfax Station Museum and the role it played in the history of Northern Virginia.

A key element in the development of the regional economy from its completion on the Orange & Alexandria Railroad in 1854, it played a critical role in the American Civil War and was the center of local community life for almost a century until modern highways and rail transportation made local train depots a thing of the past. The Station was an important supply and medical evacuation site during the Civil War where Clara Barton, later the founder of the American Red Cross, assisted in relief and evacuation efforts in 1862 during the Second Battle of Bull Run.

Museum displays, activities and events help preserve local history and promote railroading. Come explore Civil War history, railroading and the fascinating story of our local community.

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This small museum is a nice little find! It's small but they care and they have some neat artifacts as they tell the story of the local train history! The caboose is a fun to... read more

Reviewed 27 February 2017
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Hagerstown, Maryland
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Duquesne
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34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very small rairoad museum with one old railroad car. Only good for a 30 minute visit with children and maybe 1 hour without. Lots of more fun things to do in Virginia and Washington DC. They even have a small admission fee but not worth it.

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Thank DaveDuquesne
Bob L, Social Media at Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, responded to this review

Mr. Duquense: We are truly sorry you failed to enjoy your time at our museum. While yours is not typical of the feedback we get for our small, non-profit museum, we still know your time is valuable to you and we are sorry we failed to meet your expectations. Our all-volunteer staff strive to provide both historically accurate information on... More 

Hagerstown, Maryland
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656 reviews
236 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

This small museum is a nice little find! It's small but they care and they have some neat artifacts as they tell the story of the local train history! The caboose is a fun to see....a blast from the past when cabooses were integral to railroads! The gentleman outside that greeted us with some couplers and history lesson was fabulous!!!!... More 

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Thank Mfclingan
Bob L, Public Relations Manager at Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and wonderful comments about the Museum! We are truly pleased you enjoyed your visit and hope you will tell your friends about us and return for a visit soon. More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1,524 reviews
825 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 239 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2016

This historical building houses much of the history of this little part of Northern Virginia including nearby site of Clara Barton's Civil War hospital and memoralibilia of the Battles of Vienna and Fairfax Starion. More importantly it is the home of the railroad museum. Interesting model train exhibit with collectors showing off their price collections. Best the first weekend in... More 

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Thank Chinapjs
rlamond, Social Media at Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and for taking time to write a review on TripAdvisor. We would welcome additional feedback on how we can improve our museum for your return visit! More 

Manassas, Virginia
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26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

This museum is small but has a lot of interesting info. We came for the train festival and loved it. Lots of different kinds of trains to see, super friendly people, and even Santa!

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Thank mamasym
rlamond, Social Media at Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and for taking time to write a review on TripAdvisor. We would welcome additional feedback on how we can improve our museum for your return visit! More 

Virginia
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26 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

Besides the building that houses photos and history of Fairfax Station, there is a train car, caboose, that visitors are allowed to walk through. There are often model train shows and other events at the museum.

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Thank Sunk5
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 April 2016

Grandson loved seeing the train as well as all the history in this Museum. Worth the trip. He loved the train and looking into the windows of the Museum as seeing history relics. It was a great day to revisit history.

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Thank gntcnm
Bob L, Social Media Coordinator at Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting us! Please look at our website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for events of interest to your Grandson in the future! More 

London, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2015

This museum is the real thing. The station has been moved up hill from the railway in order to preserve it for future generations. The displays evoke the past of a local railway passenger and freight depot, while the building itself is well-preserved, in exactly the state the station would have been in during its heyday. The volunteer staff is... More 

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Thank jbw243
rlamond, Guest Relations Manager at Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting our Museum, especially given the distance you traveled and the multitude of options you have in the greater Washington, DC to visit. We try hard to meet visitor expectations and are pleased we met yours! More 

Fairfax Station, Virginia
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328 reviews
133 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2015

The docents at the museum are wonderful and friendly -- and they have a great program for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. You can do the museum in an hour, which matched my young granddaughter's attention span. Truly a hidden treasure to seek out and enjoy!

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Thank Barb H
rlamond, Public Relations Manager at Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to give us feedback. We do try very hard to provide volunteer opportunities for local scouts as we know the benefit is mutual. Please come back and visit and tell your friends about us! More 

Woodbridge, Virginia
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviewed 11 July 2015 via mobile

My daughter and I had a great time at the museum. Very friendly staff and good displays. The caboose was a lot of fun! Look for special events, we were lucky and they had a Lego train show going on.

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Thank AmmoRifle
rlamond, Public Relations Manager at Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting our Museum! We appreciate the time you took to provide us feedback and hope you visit us again in the future. More 

Yuma, Arizona
2 reviews
Reviewed 22 June 2015

Great museum! nice displays showing the local history. Neat information rallying to Clara Barton and her early Red Cross work. While we were there a local N scale N Trak group was operating and allowed my friends son to operate one of their trains. It made a very favorable impression on him. Thanks for a great visit! We were there... More 

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Thank Lee S
rlamond, Public Relations Manager at Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review of our Museum! Our enthusiastic volunteers continually strive to provide an enriching experience to our visitors! More 

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