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The Lyceum: Alexandria's History Museum

Eventually, the building itself became known as The Lyceum and, since that time, it has been a Civil War hospital, a private home, an office building and the nation's first Bicentennial Center. In 1985, The Lyceum became Alexandria's History Museum, providing exhibitions, school programs, lectures and concerts, volunteer opportunities and space for rental functions for the community. The Lyceum Museum Shop carries a wide variety of maps, books, note cards and special items related to Alexandria's history. The present-day Lyceum Company serves the museum as a membership and fund-raising organization.

Holiday Favorites by the Colonial Handbell Ringers

On Sunday, December 13, join the Colonial Handbell Ringers as they present their festive holiday musical show! Get into the holiday spirit as you listen – and sing along – with their performance of holiday classics using a long set of Whitechapel bells. One-hour shows at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Free, but reservations are required. 

Holiday Closures and Holiday Shopping in the Historic Alexandria Museum Store

Learn more about our holiday hours and holiday shopping in the Alexandria Store here.

Featured Collection Item: Charles A. Burnett Teapot
This teapot, in The Lyceum’s Howard W. Smith, Jr. Collection, demonstrates the beautiful and high quality work produced by Charles A. Burnett. Burnett, born in Virginia in 1769 was working by 1790. Although the reference has been lost, according to tradition he advertised in Alexandria in 1793. Burnett moved his shop to Georgetown by 1800, where he produced and retailed silver for close to fifty years.
Spotlight on History Newsletter

Download the latest issue of our digital newsletter for The Lyceum and Friendship Firehouse Museum here.


 Upcoming Events

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Performance Calendar

The Lyceum Performance Calendar lists events from groups renting the the lecture hall, for concerts, lectures and meetings open to the public.

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