During these colder months of winter, it’s so easy to stay bundled up on the couch, in a semi-state of hibernation. Sooner or later though, cabin fever sets in. Maybe the kids have worn out their enthusiasm for all of their new holiday toys. Or maybe you’re just eager to get out of the house and experience some cultural enlightenment beyond binge-watching the latest television show. From lectures and seminars to interactive displays and exhibits, Loudoun’s museums always have something new to offer visitors.
Propel yourself through the history of flight at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Adjacent to Dulles International Airport, this 760,000 square foot museum features nearly 3,000 artifacts, memorabilia, and archival materials documenting the history of aviation and space flight. View the Space Shuttle Discovery, the B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay, and the record setting SR-71 Blackbird. Watch planes land at Dulles from the museum’s observation tower, ride a flight simulator, or take in a movie at the large-format IMAX theater.
Become an expert in all things Loudoun at the Loudoun Museum located in historic downtown Leesburg. The museum’s collection includes nearly 8,000 artifacts, research files, manuscripts, and photographs featured in permanent and rotating exhibits. Kids will love the museum’s 1820s Children’s Discovery Room where they will be transported to the early 19th century through hands-on learning activities.
Children will also love the interactive displays available at the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum. The museum preserves, promotes, and brings to life the rich agricultural heritage and history of rural life in Loudoun. Their family-friendly displays allow children to be a farmer for a day on the Claude Moore Children’s Farm, play shopkeeper in the Waxpool General Store, and experience life before electricity in Grandma’s Kitchen, an interactive exhibit on farm kitchens in the decade before World War I.
If art is your passion, take a tour of the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg. The library and museum is dedicated to preserving and promoting the art and culture of the sporting arts. The research library features over 24,000-books dating from the 16th-21st centuries while the museum houses permanent and rotating exhibits of American and European fine sporting art.