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

    Lecture: "Unearthing History: Urban…

    • Gadsby's Tavern Museum
    • October 4, 2017

    What do numbers and architectural clues tell us about the unwritten story of slavery in an urban…

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    Tour: "A Complicated Hospitality:…

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    • October 7, 2017

    The labor of African Americans, both free and enslaved, was critical to Alexandria's development…

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    Port City's Long Black Veil Happy…

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    • October 14, 2017

    Join Gadsby's Tavern Museum and Port City Brewery as we celebrate the release of Port City's Long…

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    Lecture: "The Power of Objects"

    • Gadsby's Tavern Museum
    • October 18, 2017

    What does furniture or a prosthetic leg tell us about men and women in 18th-century America?…

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    Free Museum Tours on Veteran's Day

    • Gadsby's Tavern Museum
    • November 11, 2017

    Gadsby's Tavern Museum was saved thanks to the efforts of local American Legion Post #24. To…

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    Veterans Ball

    • Gadsby's Tavern Museum
    • November 11, 2017

    Toast our Revolutionary War veterans with a ball in their honor! Enjoy live music, English…

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    Apothecary Geek Tour: Animal…

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    • November 12, 2017

    Apothecaries served not just the human population, but animals too. This guided tour will focus…

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    Apothecary Geek Tour: A Magical…

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    • December 10, 2017

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

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    Apothecary Geek Tour: A Magical…

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    • December 10, 2017

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

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    Federal Gown Workshop

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

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    History by the Glass: Hot Toddy

    • Gadsby's Tavern Museum
    • January 19, 2018

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

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    History by the Glass: Gin

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    • May 11, 2018

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

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  • Offers

    $1.00 off!

    • Valid: Always

    Enjoy $1.00 off general adult admission. Huzzah! more

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