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Gadsby's Tavern Museum consists of two buildings, a ca. 1785 tavern and the 1792 City Hotel. The buildings are named for Englishman John Gadsby who operated them from 1796 to 1808. Mr. Gadsby's establishment was a center of political, business, and social life in early Alexandria.

Gadsby's Tavern Museum

The tavern was the setting for dancing assemblies, theatrical and musical performances, and meetings of local organizations. George Washington enjoyed the hospitality provided by tavernkeepers and twice attended the annual Birthnight Ball held in his honor. Other prominent patrons included John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, and the Marquis de Lafayette.

Take a moment to journey back to the 18th-century tavern and hotel where famous historical figures and everyday people dined and slept. Learn about the history, architecture, decorative arts, social customs, food, and clothing of a past era.

What's New

  • Are you a Girl Scout Leader and want information about next years programs? Download our 2015-2016 flyers for the Museum's Program and Journey events.  Tickets for all Girl Scout programs will be available online.
  • Restoration of the Ice Well is officially complete! Learn more about the Ice Well Restoration or see the progress through the Museum's Facebook page.  
  • Visit the Historic Alexandria Calendar for a full list of events.

Upcoming Events

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History at your Fingertips

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  • See the Museum in a new light through Instagram.
  • Explore, learn, and share on the Museum's Pinterest boards.
  • See what other visitors are saying about Gadsby's Tavern Museum on  TripAdvisor.

Other Important Links

National Historic Landmark   |   National Register of Historic Places 

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National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom logo  Save America's Treasures 

American Alliance of Museums
Accredited Museum 

Gadsby's Tavern Museum
134 N. Royal Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Fax: 703.838.4270

Tour Hours:
November to March:
Wednesday - Saturday
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday, Closed
Last tour at 3:45 p.m.

April to October:
Tuesday - Saturday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday and Monday
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Last tour at 4:45 p.m.

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
by appointment