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Museum Offers Free Visits to Historic Half’s Runners

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FREDERICKSBURG–The Marine Corps Historic Half is partnering with the Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center to offer free visits to runners participating in the Marine Corps Historic Half.

In addition, the Museum is offering free-year long memberships and discounts for all Fredericksburg-area residents running the Historic 10K and Semper Fred 5K. Free admission will continue throughout Historic Half Weekend from Friday, May 16, to event day on Sunday, May 18.

Semper Fred

Semper Fred

“The Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center is pleased to support the Historic Half and its mission to connect the participants with the local history and culture of the Fredericksburg region,” says Melanie Johnson, director of Museum Membership and Special Events.

The FAMCC echoes the city’s grand history from its pre-Revolutionary War beginnings, which included our nation’s forefathers and former presidents like George Washington and James Monroe, to its prominence during the Civil War.

The Museum engages visitors in Fredericksburg’s cultural development from early Native Americans to contemporary local artisans and takes visitors on a historical journey throughout Fredericksburg’s surrounding counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George and Caroline.

Runners embarking on the Half marathon or 10K courses will pass the Fredericksburg Area Museum, located at 1001 Princess Anne Street, as they travel through historic downtown.

In order to obtain free admission during Historic Half Weekend, runners will simply display their event bib or participant shirt. These items will be distributed during Historic Half Packet Pick-up at the Healthy Lifestyle Expo in the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center. Packet Pick-up will operate from 4 to 8 p.m. on May 16 and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 17.

Admission to the FAMCC regularly is $7 per adult, $5.50 for military members and seniors and costs $2 for students. Fredericksburg residents participating in the Historic 10K or Semper Fred 5K will receive their individual Museum membership via email but also will have an opportunity to upgrade their membership to include the entire family.

“As a member, Historic 10K and Semper Fred 5K runners will receive invitations to members-only events including exhibition openings [both art and historical] and to ongoing events such as ‘Breakfast with the Curator,’ ‘Culture & Cocktails,’ and the ‘Evening with an Expert,’ which includes a reception at the Museum,” adds Johnson. “Members also receive discounts for special events, for The Museum Store and for educational opportunities hosted at the Museum.”

Temporary exhibitions currently on view include Woman Adorned: Transcending Time, Transforming Culture; Fast Forward 2014 at the Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center; Military Surplus; and George Washington and the Masonic Tradition.

For more information on this event, or for additional programming information, please contact the Museum at 540-371-3037, or visit us at

The mission of the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center is to collect, interpret, and present the history and culture of the Fredericksburg area in order to share with residents and visitors alike the stories of those who shaped the region and its role in the nation’s development.

–Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center