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Museums in Alexandria

Alexandria's museums capture the imagination and inspire innovation amongst those seeking to learn something new. With George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens just a boat or bike ride away, beautifully preserved historic sites like Gadsby's Tavern Museum and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum in the heart of Old Town interpret Alexandria's incredible role as the first president's hometown. These gems are part of the Office of Historic Alexandria's museum system, one of only eight municipal organizations across the nation accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Historically, Alexandria was an inspiration and road to freedom for many African Americans from the Civil War through civil rights, and many of those stories are detailed at the Alexandria Black History Museum and at Freedom House. Curious and creative types are drawn to the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum at the US Patent & Trade Office, which was recently named amongst the "Top 10 Great Places to be Inspired by Innovation" by USA Today, and to the world-famous Torpedo Factory Art Center, where artwork is created before your eyes.

 

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Alexandria Archaeology

  • 105 N. Union Street, Torpedo Factory Art Center
  • Third Floor, #327
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Step right into the museum's laboratory where archaeologists reconstruct Alexandria's history, fragment by fragment. Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m.…Learn More

Alexandria Black History Museum

  • 902 Wythe Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Originally the segregated library for Alexandria's African American residents, the museum documents the local and national history, culture and contributions of Black America. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4…Learn More

Athenaeum

  • 201 Prince Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

A Greek Revival building built in 1851, it was home to the Bank of the Old Dominion, where Robert E. Lee did his banking. Today it is an art gallery and home of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts…Learn More

Collingwood Library & Museum

  • 8301 E. Boulevard Drive
  • Alexandria, VA 22308

This library, in a lovely wooded setting on property once owned by George Washington, fosters an appreciation of the American heritage with objects including many flags, weapons from the Revolutionary…Learn More

Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site

  • 4301 W. Braddock Road
  • Alexandria, VA 22304

Fort Ward is the best preserved fort in the Defenses of Washington, the system of Union forts and batteries built to protect Washington, D.C. Fort Ward Museum interprets the site’s history, life…Learn More

Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site

  • 4301 W. Braddock Road
  • Alexandria, VA 22304

The museum, patterned after a Union headquarters building, houses a fine Civil War collection and exhibits. The Fort's Northwest Bastion has been completely restored. Museum open Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5…Learn More

Freedom House

  • 1315 Duke Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Once headquarters for the slave-trade operation of Franklin, Armfield & Co., this historic building now houses the Northern Virginia Urban League's newly opened museum. Self-guided tours Monday-Friday…Learn More

Freedom House

  • 1315 Duke Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Once headquarters for the slave-trade operation of Franklin, Armfield & Co., this historic building now houses the Northern Virginia Urban League's newly opened museum. Self-guided tours Monday-Friday…Learn More

Friendship Firehouse

  • 107 S. Alfred Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Established in 1774, the Friendship Fire Company was the first volunteer fire company in Alexandria. The current firehouse was built in 1855 and now houses historic firefighting equipment and…Learn More

Gadsby's Tavern Museum

  • 134 N. Royal Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Consists of two buildings, the 1785 Georgian tavern and the 1792 City Hotel. The tavern has been authentically restored to its 18th-century appearance. Notable guests included George Washington and…Learn More

Gadsby's Tavern Museum

  • 134 N. Royal Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Consists of two buildings, the 1785 Georgian tavern and the 1792 City Hotel. The tavern has been authentically restored to its 18th-century appearance. Notable guests included George Washington and…Learn More

George Washington Masonic Memorial

  • 101 Callahan Drive
  • Alexandria, VA 22301

Patterned after a lighthouse in Alexandria, Egypt, the Memorial displays a magnificent 17-ft. bronze statue of George Washington and an outstanding collection of Washington artifacts. Open daily.…Learn More

Gunston Hall Plantation

  • 10709 Gunston Road
  • Lorton, VA 22079-3901

The 1755 Georgian-style mansion was the home of George Mason, author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights and a framer of the U.S. Constitution. Daily 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed major holidays.…Learn More

Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden

  • 614 Oronoco Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314-2308

From 1785-1903, the house served as the home to 37 members of the Lee family. John L. Lewis, a powerful and controversial labor leader, lived in the house from 1937-1969. Guided by its 1852 inventory,…Learn More

Lyceum, Alexandria's History Museum

  • 201 S. Washington Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

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 ports in America. Archaeological finds, old…Learn More

Lyceum, Alexandria's History Museum

  • 201 S. Washington Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

The Lyceum was built in 1839 in the Greek Revival style. The Alexandria Library Company, an organization devoted to the intellectual improvement of the citizens of Alexandria, occupied the building…Learn More

Mount Vernon: George Washington's Estate & Gardens

  • 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway,
  • Mount Vernon, VA 22121

The beautiful riverside estate of George Washington includes the Mansion, outbuildings, tomb, & working farm, and new visitor facilities with 25 galleries and theaters. The new Orientation Center and…Learn More

Mount Vernon: George Washington's Estate & Gardens

  • 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway,
  • Mount Vernon, VA 22121

The beautiful riverside estate of George Washington includes the Mansion, outbuildings, tomb, & working farm, and new visitor facilities with 25 galleries and theaters. The new Orientation Center and…Learn More

National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum

  • 600 Dulany Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Closed for Renovation until May 2014:: Visit the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum located in the United States Patent and Trademark Office and marvel at the ingenuity of mankind! To honor…Learn More

National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum

  • 600 Dulany Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Closed for Renovation until May 2014:: Visit the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum located in the United States Patent and Trademark Office and marvel at the ingenuity of mankind! To honor…Learn More

National Museum of the Marine Corps

  • 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway
  • Triangle, VA 22172

On a 135-acre site adjacent to the Marine Corps base in Quantico, the museum's soaring design evokes the image of the flag raisers of Iwo Jima and beckons visitors to its 100,000 square-foot…Learn More

Newseum

  • 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • Washington, DC 20001

The Newseum — a 250,000-square-foot museum of news — offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. The Newseum is…Learn More

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

  • 105-107 S. Fairfax Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Opened in 1792 by young Quaker pharmacist Edward Stabler, the family business operated for 141 years. Over 8,000 early medical care items are still in place. Patrons included George & Martha…Learn More

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

  • 105-107 S. Fairfax Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Opened in 1792 by young Quaker pharmacist Edward Stabler, the family business operated for 141 years. Over 8,000 early medical care items are still in place. Patrons included George & Martha…Learn More

 

Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association
221 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-3301 or 800-388-9119
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