December 18th marked the conclusion of the National Firearms Museum's sleepover sessions known as Night at the Museum. That's a night available for any and all youth groups (along with their chaperons of course) to tour of the museum, view a well chosen movie, take a peek at the range, and camp out in the NRA Headquarter's atrium. The last lucky bunch to take part in this experience was Scout Pack 1016 from Warrenton, Virginia.
"They were a lively, inquisitive group," said Senior Curator Doug Wicklund. "Each were very respectful during the petting zoo, asked a number of good questions, and hopefully learned a thing or two."
For those who are unfamiliar with the National Firearms Museum's (NFM) petting zoo, let us start by saying that it does not involve petting animals. Instead it is a controlled event where each scout can interact with a variety of guns in a supervised setting – and it's always a crowd pleaser. Wicklund, along with NFM volunteer McKim Symington, made sure every youth had a chance to touch a little bit of history.
The National Firearms Museum is located at 11250 Waples Mill Road in Fairfax, Virginia. Open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, their galleries include priceless antiques, great western treasures, and the largest collection of gatling guns on public display. If this sounds like something your favorite youth group would enjoy, contact the NFM at 703-267-1600 and tell them you want to spend a Night at the Museum.