Alexandria's Key to the City

Key to the City - CorrectThe best way to unlock Alexandria's rich history is with the city's premiere museum pass, granting visitors access into nine historic sites. From the nation's first president to Alexandria's co-founders, the Civil War to civil rights, walk amongst original 18th-century buildings, peruse ephemera once sacred to key historical characters and dive into a unique history remarkably preserved by a city dedicated to its past.

For only $10, purchase the Alexandria Key to the City at the Alexandria Visitors Center located at 221 King Street or online, and tread paths once taken by some of the most prolific figures in American history.


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Carlyle House A Georgian Palladian manor house built in 1753 by merchant and city founder John Carlyle. Here, five royal governors and General Braddock met to… Learn More ›
Gadsby's Tavern Museum Consists of two buildings, the 1785 Georgian tavern and the 1792 City Hotel. The tavern has been authentically restored to its 18th-century… Learn More ›
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum: Opened in 1792 by young Quaker pharmacist Edward Stabler, the family business operated for 141 years. Over 8,000… Learn More ›
Fort Ward Museum Experience Civil War history at Fort Ward, the best preserved fort in the system built to protect Washington, D.C. Highlights include the restored… Learn More ›
Black History Museum Originally the segregated library for Alexandria's African American residents, the museum documents the local and national history, culture and… Learn More ›
Friendship Firehouse Museum Established in 1774, the Friendship Fire Company was the first volunteer fire company in Alexandria. The current firehouse was built in 1855 and now… Learn More ›
Lee-Fendall House Museum Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden: From 1785-1903, the house served as the home to 37 members of the Lee family. Guided by its 1852 inventory, the… Learn More ›
The Lyceum The 1839 Greek Revival building serves as the City's history museum. An ongoing exhibition tells the story of Alexandria, once one of the busiest… Learn More ›
Alexandria Archaeology Museum You'll really be digging Alexandria's history when you see local colonial and Civil War artifacts as well as a 13,000-year-old stone spear point at… Learn More ›