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    Arlington Historical Museum

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    1805 South Arlington Ridge Road

    Arlington Historical Society museum

    The Arlington Historical Museum, owned and operated by the Historical Society, is located at 1805 South Arlington Ridge Road, close to the Pentagon City and Crystal City metrorail stations. The two-story brick structure was built in 1891 as the Hume School, named for Frank Hume who gave some of the property for the school. It is the oldest school building in Arlington County.

    Following extensive renovation in the early 1960s, the building reopened as the Arlington Historical Museum. The building is designated a Virginia State Historical Landmark and is also on the National Register of Historic Sites. The Museum is open to the public Saturdays and Sundays. Hours are from 1 - 4 p.m.

    The phone number is 703-892-4204.

    Interested in volunteering as a museum docent, or helping with exhibits or preserving the Hume School building? Email

    Are you a Hume School alumni? Check out

    Directions to the Museum

    From Washington, D.C.:

    • South on I-395 to Arlington Ridge Road exit.
    • Turn right on Arlington Ridge Road.
    • Museum is one block on left.

    From points south:

    • From South Glebe Road, turn north on Arlington Ridge Road.
    • Proceed past traffic light at South 23rd Street
    • Museum will be on the right.

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    Curator's Wishlist

    The Arlington Historical Society is looking for artifacts to expand their collection and current displays for their museum at the Hume School.

    View the Curator's Wishlist

    Have an artifact to donate? All artifact donations must be pre-screened by our Acquisitions Committee. Please email a description and photo, if possible, to or leave a message at (703) 892-4204.

    Arlington Historical Society
    P.O. Box 100402, Arlington, Virginia 22210-3402

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