Alexandria's Key to the City

Key to the City 2017

The best way to unlock Alexandria's rich culture and history is with our Key to the City museum pass. From Alexandria's co-founders to the nation's first president and from the Civil War to civil rights, learn about our remarkable history and walk amongst original 18th-and 19th-century architecture preserved by a city dedicated to honoring its past.

For only $15—a $49 value—the Key to the City museum pass includes:

  • Access to 8 historic sites
  • New for 2017:
    • Enjoy a 40% off coupon for a visit to nearby George Washington’s Mount Vernon
    • Take in the best view of the city from the Observation Deck atop the George Washington National Masonic Memorial
  • 10% off coupon for museum store purchases valid at 7 sites
  • Suggestions of 4 additional free historic sites

How to Purchase

Purchase your Key to the City at the Alexandria Visitor Center located at 221 King Street or online, and tread paths once taken by some of the most prolific figures in American history. Learn about Alexandria’s historic sites below.

Key to the City Museum Map

Plan Your Visit

Here for 24 hours or less? Have several days to spend exploring? Below are some suggested ways to utilize our Key to the City. Be sure to check the hours noted on the Key to the City for each historic site, as hours of operation vary by site and several are closed on Mondays. All museums are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day (except Mount Vernon, which is open 365 days a year).

Top 3—Museums on Market Square:

Walkable!

In George Washington’s Footsteps:

Insider tip! Take a stroll by George Washington’s townhouse (508 Cameron St.), then tour nearby Christ Church (118 N. Washington St.), where Washington attended. You can even sit in his pew!

Best View:
  • Take in breathtaking 360 views of Alexandria, Washington, D.C., and the surrounding region from the observation deck atop the ninth floor of the George Washington National Masonic Memorial, a national historic landmark.
Advance Your History:

Walkable!

African-American History:
Great for Kids:
For Mercy Street Fans: