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The Fredericksburg Area Museum Re-Opens August 1

The Fredericksburg Area Museum (FAM) is pleased to announce our re-opening to the public on August 1st, 2020. This re-opening comes after a near 5-month temporary closure due to COVID-19.

Beginning August 1st, the FAM is re-opening with regularly scheduled hours of operation. Visitors are welcome to explore the second-floor exhibits between the hours of 10AM- 5PM, Thursday-Tuesday. In compliance with government mandates, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask while in the building. Staff are taking all precautions necessary to ensure a safe and socially distanced museum experience for all. Admission price is $5.00 per visitor, children under 10 and FAM members FREE of charge. Visitors are encouraged to purchase an admission ticket beforehand, at www.famva.org/visit-fam.

Visitors can look forward to the following exhibits:

“These Old Walls: A Town and Its Stories” This exhibit gives voice and life to the buildings, sites, and objects of Fredericksburg, using a combination of then-and-now photography, objects, illustrations, and primary sources to illuminate the story of Fredericksburg. The exhibit uses the historic Town Hall as its point of departure and recurring touchstone. The emphasis is on untold or rarely told stories that help visitors understand the breadth and diversity of the community as embodied in the town as it exists today. This exhibition is generously sponsored by Lewis Insurance, Kiwanis of Fredericksburg, and Mr. Nick Seay.

“The People’s Gallery” Fredericksburg is full of collectors; from match-box cars to sport-memorabilia, Fredericksburg residents have a lot to share! This gallery space called, “The People’s Gallery” will be given each year to a local collector to showcase what they collect and why. You’ll be surprised at some of the treasures our neighbors have! This exhibition is generously sponsored by Dr. John Coker.

“Heirlooms and Relics: Portrait of a Community” This exhibit features several pieces from the museum’s furniture collection. This exhibit illuminates the nature and fabric of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Fredericksburg through fine arts while systematically highlighting the artisans and laborers who made the finery possible. The exhibit draws sometimes direct, sometimes subtle connections between the manifestations of wealth and prosperity and the society that helped sustain it.

For more information, please either contact the FAM at 540-371-3037, or visit us at www.famva.org. The FAM collects, researches, interprets, teaches, and preserves the history, heritage, and culture of the Fredericksburg region. We serve a diverse community through a commitment to inclusion, integrity, credibility, and relevance. We will facilitate an understanding and appreciation of how the acts of those who preceded us have shaped this community and the nation at large—providing both lessons and inspiration as we work together to forge a greater community.

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