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 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:
    April-October:

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

    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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    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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    Best Bib and Tucker Ball

    The Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society proudly presents the Best Bib & Tucker Ball 2017: Cherry…

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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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  • Offers

    $1.00 off!

    • Valid: Always

    Enjoy $1.00 off general adult admission. Huzzah! more

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