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Historic Manassas is a must-see location because it represents the first major battle of America’s Civil War. The First Battle of Manassas, also known as the First Battle of Bull Run, was fought over a strategic railroad crossing. The visitor center and museum of Historic Manassas is a memorable stop on your Virginia guided tour. Read on for help planning your visit to Historic Manassas.

Historic Manassas

Watch the Orientation Film

The Manassas orientation film—titled “Manassas: End of Innocence”—is a great way to learn more about the history of Manassas and why it is such an important site to visit. This film is 45 minutes long, and it covers the First and Second Battles of Manassas. The film shows every day, throughout the day. You can start or end your day trip to Manassas with the film, or you can relax during the day in the comfortable and air-conditioned theater.

Visit the Museum Exhibits

There are many exhibits to visit in the Henry Hill Visitor Center. These exhibits showcase various artifacts and information about the First Battle of Manassas. Exhibits are permanent and changing to offer you and other guests a fresh perspective on the Manassas region and battles. Many of these exhibits include audio and visual displays for your convenience. You can also visit a fiber-optic map that displays the troop movements during the First Battle of Manassas.

Stop by the Bookstore

You will not want to leave Historic Manassas without stopping at the bookstore. This shop offers a vast range of titles on the Civil War and the history of Northern Virginia. You can also find wonderful souvenirs, collectibles, music, and movies to help memorialize your trip to Historic Manassas. The bookstore is located off the main lobby.

Learn more about Manassas and the Civil War with Haymarket Transportation’s Virginia guided tours. We also offer sightseeing tours and school field trips in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Please call us at 301-778-2007 to reserve your next tour.