Located in the heart of Fairfax, VA on Main Street lies the Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center. It is located in a historic building which was constructed in 1873. It started out as an elementary school for the city and on July 4, 1992, it became a museum and visitor center. It was renovated 1996 and 2003 to "increase gallery space and enhance service for local residents and tourists. The Museum and Visitor Center presents exhibitions and programs on regional history. The gift shop features local souvenirs and history books." Also, the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.