Museum of George Washington Columbiana
Where is it at?
Museum of George Washington
Mildred B. Harrison Regional Library
50 Lester Street
Tel: 205 669 8767
Where are we going today?
What do you think of when you hear the name George Washington? We're sure many words come to mind! George Washington represents the birth of modern America, and the George Washington Museum is a great way for kids to learn all about the amazing history of this amazing country!
The museum itself has a focus on artifacts and art that has been collected from the colonial period, right through to 1865. With letters, glassware, silver, furniture, and paintings just to name a few, there are plenty of fascinating things to see and learn from.
Of course, some of the artifacts have connections with George Washington himself. Kids can come face to face with the 1783 prayer book of Martha Washington, and the original sketch from 1787 of the Mt. Vernon grounds. There are writing instruments and tools from Washington's own survey case, and and original tintype which depicts Robert E. Lee in his own uniform for the very last time.
Take a close look - can you see the craftsmanship in the 18th and 19th century furniture? You can see these in the preserved pieces from the estates of the Washington family themselves. Truly amazing items!
Want to know what the oldest item is? Can you guess? It's actually the hand-written will of Colonel Daniel Parke which is dated 1710. Incredible!
So if you are interested in history, and want the kids to learn more about the great country that is the USA, then head on over to the George Washington Museum and have yourself an amazing and historical adventure!
How much does it cost?
When can we go?
10am - 3pm weekdays
All year round.
What a great place to learn more about American history! The museum offer guided tours by appointment - just make sure you book a week in advance. .
It is best to try and grab a snack before you head to the museum. Best not walk around on an empty stomach - you will need all that energy for learning! .
Any Top Tips?
If any of your family just loved the museum and want to be more involved, they are always looking for volunteers!.
Doing our bit
The museum are dedicated to preserving this amazing history. They have done an amazing job with preserving the artifacts and displaying them for all who visit. If you want to donate to contribute towards the running of the museum, they would always be appreciative! .
Need a little extra help?
If you do have disabilities that might affect your visit, just give them a call before hand and check with them the wheelchair access. .
What people are saying?
by don schwartz
Beautiful place to spend a few hours. I walked the grounds taking many photos but I decided to skip the mansion. When you enter, your ticket has a time to enter the mansion waiting line. My time was over 2 hours after I arrived. That line was super long and not something I wanted to do. I also tend to care less about furniture. I love Architecture and landscapes. Mount Vernon has plenty to explore from old Slave living quarters to the tomb of our first President. The gardens are my favorite and I highly recommend a visit.
by Robert Andrews
I really enjoyed my visit to Mount Vernon. The house is largely restored, and very interesting from a historical perspective. The grounds helped me imagine what life would have been like on a plantation. What a crazy contradiction that the man who is the father of our country also ran a plantation with slaves. There is a very good movie to watch that gives a sense of George Washington and his times, don't miss that. Finally there are some beautiful views of the Potomac River from the house that are worth simply enjoying. Anyhow, Mount Vernon is...Read More
by Jerry McPhail
It is easy to forget that this historical gem is just up the road from us. After taking an out of town guest for a visit on the spur of the moment I was drawn back to the great field trips our grade school classes had taken here. It is still an impressive walk through history.
by Daniel Stark
Beautiful, historic, well taken care of. Can't go wrong visiting the first president's estate. I absolutely enjoy going to visit. President Washington's home is full of so much to explore and observe. Everyone needs to put this place on their list of places to visit.
by Demian Perry
How far this place has fallen since my youth! Went on washington's birthday this year because of the events listed on their website under "today". None of the events occurred, and when I questioned the staff, none seemed to know that it was his birthday (feb 22). We also enjoyed the broken theater, which announced that a film would start in 2 minutes. The doors kept opening and closing comically whenever the timer went down to zero, but the movie never began. Not sure anyone on the staff really cares.
by Robert Andrews
I really enjoyed my visit to Mount Vernon. The house is largely restored, and very interesting from a historical perspective. The grounds helped me imagine what life would have been like on a plantation. What a crazy contradiction that the man who is the father of our country also ran a plantation with slaves. There is a very good movie to watch that gives a sense of George Washington and his times, don't miss that. Finally there are some beautiful views of the Potomac River from the house that are worth simply enjoying. Anyhow, Mount Vernon is a quick trip from DC, so don't miss it.