Gadsby's Tavern Museum

  • 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 tavern-keeper 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.

    Museum Hours:

    • Sunday & Monday: 1-5 p.m.
    • Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Wednesday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
    • Sunday: 1-4 p.m.
  • Events

    Centennial of the Everyday

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    A series of artistic interventions created by artists Stewart Watson and Lauren Frances Adams can…

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    Hotel vs. Hospital

    • Gadsby's Tavern Museum

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

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    Apothecary Geek Tour: A Magical…

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    On this tour, learn about the real-world botanical science that inspired the potions and…

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    Family Tours at Gadsby’s Tavern…

    • Gadsby's Tavern Museum

    Special family tours led by junior docents grades 4-7 and ending with hands-on activities in the…

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  • Offers

    $1.00 off!

    • Valid: Always

    Enjoy $1.00 off general adult admission. Huzzah! more

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