Gadsby's Tavern Museum

  • ADDRESS:
  • 134 N. Royal Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
  • PHONE:
  • (703) 746-4242
  • Details
    Discover Alexandria’s five-star hotel of the 18th century! The Museum consists of the c. 1785 tavern and the 1792 City Tavern and Hotel. Both were constructed by John Wise but made famous by tavernkeeper John Gadsby. His establishment was the center of political, business, and social life in Alexandria and in the new federal city of Washington, D.C. The City Tavern’s Ballroom was the location of George Washington’s Birthnight Ball in 1798 and 1799, as well as Thomas Jefferson’s Inaugural Banquet in 1801. The museum offers tours, programs and special events. Apr.-Oct.: Sun. & Mon. 1-5 p.m., Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Nov.-March.: Wed.-Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m
  • Events

    Hotel vs. Hospital

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    Learn the story of the fine hotel industry in Alexandria and how it quickly changed after the…

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    Inauguration weekend open house

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    In honor of the presidential inauguration, visit the Alexandria tavern where politics was a top…

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    Winter Warmer Tea with Dolley…

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    Enjoy the warmth and hospitality of the tavern this winter! Choose from a variety of 18th-century…

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    Civil War Wine Dinner with Gray…

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    Start your evening in the City Hotel for the first course and conversation with Gray Ghost…

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    Birthnight Ball Dance Class

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    In preparation for George Washington's Birthnight Ball on February 18, learn 18th-century English…

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    Heflebower's Cobblers & Cocktails…

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    It is 1862 and tavern keeper Samuel Heflebower is running a bar at the City Hotel where cocktails…

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    Winter Warmer Tea at Gadsby’s…

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    Enjoy the warmth and hospitality of the tavern this winter! Choose from a variety of 18th-century…

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    Winter Warmer Tea with Martha…

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    Enjoy the warmth and hospitality of the tavern this winter!  With "historic guest" Martha…

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    George Washington's Birthnight…

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    You are invited to this re-creation of the famous celebration of Washington’s Birthday, set in…

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    Parade Day Museum Open House

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    Enjoy the annual George Washington parade and tour the tavern for free! Learn from costumed…

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    Lecture: George Washington,…

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    The United States was conceived in business, founded on business, and operated as a business—all…

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    Presidential Salon

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    President James Madison, in his last two salons, will be discussing his transition to private…

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    Women's History Tour

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    In honor of Women's History Month, tours on Sunday, March 5, will highlight the many roles women…

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    Great Rum Punch Challenge

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    Just as guests to the tavern did over 200 years ago, enjoy a variety of rum punch creations from…

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    Great Rum Punch Challenge- VIP…

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    The VIP Tasting Room will get your evening going at the 13th Annual Great Rum Punch Challenge.…

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    Civil War Dance Class

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    In preparation for the Civil War Ball on April 29, learn the waltz, polka, Virginia Reel, and…

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    Lecture: Hamilton/Burr Duel:…

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    Dr. Peter Henriques, professor of history emeritus at George Mason University, is not throwing…

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    Civil War Ball at Gadsby's Tavern…

    Enjoy an evening of dance from the 1860s in the historic Gadsby’s Tavern ballroom. The evening…

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