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Museum Shop Holiday Preview Party

November 9, 2017
3 p.m.-7 p.m.

Holiday Preview PartyCelebrate with us as we unveil this year's holiday merchandise throughout the shop. Receive special discounts and offers, as well as complimentary gift wrapping, and snack on light refreshments as you shop.

We look forward to seeing you and a friend at this joyous event!

Exhibit: Amending America

August 2017-March 2018

Amending America   See our new traveling exhibition from the National Archives, Amending America: The Bill of Rights, commemorating the 225th anniversary of the ratification of this landmark document.  Amending America: The Bill of Rights spotlights one of the most remarkable periods in American history, explores the origins of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution (collectively known as the Bill of Rights), and illustrates how each amendment protects U.S. citizens.  Featuring facsimile documents, reproduction artifacts, and interactives, Amending America invites visitors to connect directly with the people, places, and events that mark this historic document’s evolution.  This exhibit runs through March 2018.  

Amending America: The Bill of Rights is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration, and traveled by the National Archives Traveling Exhibits Service (NATES). This exhibition was developed in collaboration with the National Archives’ National Outreach Initiative to commemorate the 225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights. The exhibition is presented in part by AT&T, HISTORYⓇ, Seedlings Foundation, and the National Archives Foundation.

Support for Amending America: The Bill of Rights at Gunston Hall is provided by Burke & Herbert Bank and Tim Rizer of Item, Inc.

Included with regular admission.



 Global Woman Writing Workshop   

Exhibition: A Woman's Place
Included with Regular Admission 

 Writing Workshop
May 5, 2018
$15 Registration


 Global Woman Summer Saturdays  Declaration Day 
Exhibition: A Woman's Place
Included with Regular Admission 
 Summer Saturdays
Every Saturday in June, July and August
Included with Regular Admission
Declaration Day
June 9, 2018
Complimentary Admission

Writing Workshop

Saturday, May 5, 2018
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

$15 Registration

Writing with a slate pen During the day-long Gunston Hall Writing Workshop, students have the opportunity to try out different forms of writing.  A focus for the writing will be key events in George Mason's life. The program, held in the spring, is open to current 4th and 5th graders throughout the region. All sessions, materials, and snacks are included. Reservations are required and space is limited.

To register online, please visit our Registration Page.  If you would like to register over the phone, please call 703-550-9220.

For more information, please call 703-550-9220, or email Anne Barlow, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Writing Contest

In concert with the Writing Workshop, Gunston Hall also offers an annual writing contest, which all 4th grade students are welcome to participate in.

Students must answer the following:

In the Virginia Declaration of Rights, George Mason wrote about the right to vote. Why do you think he believed voting was important? Is voting still important today?

Essays are due by 5 p.m. on March 28, 2018, with a completed entry form, available here.

Prize: The winning student will receive $75, and complimentary entry to the Writing Workshop on May 6th.  The student’s teacher will receive a Complimentary class field trip or outreach Session for the 2018-2019 school year.

Intermediate Hearth Cooking
Sunday, March 18, 2018
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Intermediate Hearth CookingJoin us in the hearth kitchen at Gunston Hall for the ultimate experience in slow food as you learn to employ 18th-century cooking techniques and recipes to create period dishes.  Use your hearth skills to investigate complex recipes while cooking over an open flame, take a tour of the house and meet other food enthusiasts.

Pre-requisite: Beginning Hearth Cooking experience strongly recommended.

The class is a one-day session from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on each weekend day.  Registration includes all materials and lunch. Please plan to wear clothing made from natural fibers, as you will be around open flame.  These include cotton, linen, and wool.  Stay away from garments containing polyester, nylon, acrylic, or lycra.

Registration for Intermediate Hearth Cooking: $125 non-member, $100 Friends of Gunston Hall. For the Friends of Gunston Hall discount, please call or email Lacey Villiva, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Two Day Registration for Beginner and Intermediate: $225 non-member, $175 Friends of Gunston Hall.  Please use the code: MULTDAY.

To sign up, please visit our Registration Page.   If you have further questions, or would like to register over the phone, please call 703-550-9220 and speak to our Education Manager, Lacey Villiva.

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