NRA National Firearms Museum
Fairfax, VA

The NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia, consists of 15 galleries comprised of 85 exhibit cases housing 3,000 firearms in a 15,000 square foot facility.  The Museum details and examines the nearly 700-year history of firearms with a special emphasis on firearms, freedom, and the American experience.  Each gallery is evocative of a period of time in American history, from the stockade fort at Jamestown to the gun factories of New England.  Life-sized dioramas include a nineteenth-century riflemaker's shop, a trench on the Western Front in WWI, and a shelled-out town square in Normandy in WWII.  The firearms tell the stories of how they were used to provide security and sustenance to the early colonists, how they were used to secure our freedom and independence, and have been used ever since to maintain and preserve those liberties. Within the galleries are also tales of exploration, manufacturing, competition, hunting, and recreational shooting sports.

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Patrick Henry’s Birthday ‘Liberty or Death’ Reenactment - St. John's Church Foundation
Richmond, May 29
Join us for our free and open-to-the-public "Liberty or Death" historical reenactments at historic St. John's Church. Watch as nine professional actors in period costumes reenact Patrick Henry's "Liberty or Death" speech.
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Folkways Day - Frontier Culture Museum
Staunton, May 30th 
Bring the entire family to enjoy a day of traditional daily-life activities from the past including, crafts, trades, foodways, and musical entertainment on all of the Museum’s Old World and American Exhibits.  Through Living History demonstrations,  you’ll learn the story of the thousands of people who migrated to colonial America and the life they created here for themselves and their descendants.
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National Trails Day at Virginia State Parks
June 4
Our 36 Virginia State Parks are offering special programming from hikes and related activities to volunteer efforts to improve our Virginia State Park trails. June 4 is also Clean the Bay Day so parks in the Chesapeake Bay watershed will often combine programs that support both events. Click here for a complete list of programs offered in honor of National Trails Day.
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Henricus Discovery Days Program Series: Animals of the Farm and Forest
Chester, June 9
Bring the whole clan out for a day featuring the important animals in the life of both the Virginia Indians and the English Colonists in the 1600s. Stationed activities will include learning about the animals of the Eastern Woodland forests and rivers and feeding and caring for the farm animals of the English Colonists. Indoor activities will include make & take crafts. Activities are ongoing and self-paced.
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World Oceans Day - Virginia Living Museum
Newport News, June 11
Celebrate the world’s oceans with a fun-filled day of family activities designed to raise awareness of the importance of ocean conservation. Enjoy special displays of ocean specimens from our non-live natural history collections, ocean conservation videos, interactive websites, activities and giveaways.
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