Gadsby's Tavern Museum

  • ADDRESS:
  • 134 N. Royal Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
  • PHONE:
  • (703) 746-4242
  • Details

    Gadsby's Tavern Museum will be closed until at least Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 due to a pipe burst. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    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

    Federal Gown Workshop

    • Gadsby's Tavern Museum

    Have nothing to wear to meet the President or Mr. Darcy? Why not make it your self! Attend our…

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    George Washington's Birthnight Ball…

    • Gadsby's Tavern Museum
    • Recurring weekly on Thursday until February 15, 2018

    In preparation for George Washington's Birthnight Ball on February 17, learn 18th-century English…

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    Apothecary Geek Tour: A Magical…

    • Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
    • February 11, 2018

    Learn about the real world botanical science that inspired the potions and herbology of J.K.…

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    Facetime with History Sundays

    • Gadsby's Tavern Museum
    • Recurring monthly on the 2nd Sunday until May 13, 2018

    On the second Sunday of every month, museum visitors will be greeted by a person from the past…

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    Facetime with History: Dr. Samuel…

    • Gadsby's Tavern Museum
    • February 11, 2018

    On Sunday, February 11, 2018 meet natural philosopher Dr. Samuel Dömjen at Gadsby’s Tavern…

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    George Washington's Birthnight…

    • Gadsby's Tavern Museum
    • February 17, 2018

    You are invited to this re-creation of the famous celebration of Washington’s Birthday, set in…

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    Parade Day Museum Open House

    • Gadsby's Tavern Museum
    • February 19, 2018

    Enjoy the annual George Washington parade and tour the tavern for free! Learn from costumed…

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    Parade Day Open House at…

    • Gadsby's Tavern Museum
    • February 19, 2018

    Enjoy the annual George Wasington parade and tour the Apothecary Museum for free!

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    Lecture: "I Cannot Tell a Lie:…

    • Gadsby's Tavern Museum
    • February 22, 2018

    Abigail Adams said that truth was George Washington's best eulogy. Professor Peter Henriques…

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    Homeschool Program: Early…

    • Gadsby's Tavern Museum
    • March 6, 2018

    Enjoy an early 19th-century variety show with the kind of entertainment people enjoyed in…

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    Jane Austen Dance Class

    • Gadsby's Tavern Museum
    • Recurring weekly on Thursday until April 26, 2018

    In preparation for the Jane Austen Ball: Mr. Darcy's Delight on April 28, learn 18th-century…

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    Jane Austen Ball

    • Gadsby's Tavern Museum
    • April 28, 2018

    Dance to Mr. Darcy's Delight at this late-1790s era ball. The evening will feature a variety of …

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    History by the Glass: Gin

    • Gadsby's Tavern Museum
    • May 11, 2018

    Want to know more about the intersection of history and drinks? Then look no further than…

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    Free Mother's Day Tours

    • Gadsby's Tavern Museum
    • May 13, 2018

    Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is pleased to offer free tours on Mother’s Day for all visiting…

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  • Offers

    $1.00 off!

    • Valid: Always

    Enjoy $1.00 off general adult admission. Huzzah! more

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