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Scheduling a Multi-Site Program

Schools can combine programs at multiple sites to make a morning or day-long trip to Historic Alexandria. Historic Alexandria is also happy to accommodate groups of 20 or more people by dividing your school into smaller groups that rotate through programs at several sites. The many historic sites in Alexandria, ranging from the colonial period through the Civil Rights movement, compliment each other to make a memorable and educational day.

How to Book a Visit

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To book a visit to multiple sites, contact the Office of Historic Alexandria Education Coordinator at Alexandria Archaeology by  email or call 703.746.4399 at least three weeks in advance. If you plan to visit just one museum, please contact the individual site directly to make reservations. 

Suggested Program Packages

Next to topic, location is often the biggest factor when choosing which sites to visit. When making your reservation, the Education Coordinator will be able to make program recommendations based on location, topic, and student age as well as help you plan appropriate time for travel. Some sites are within walking distance of one another and all have a bus loading/unloading zone within a block of their front door.

Group Size

Whether you are bringing a single class or an entire grade, Historic Alexandria can design a program to meet your needs. Groups of 20 or more students can be accommodated by dividing them into smaller groups that rotate through several sites. The Education Coordinator will work with you to ensure groups are small enough to attend all of the museums on your list and will help arrange a schedule for each group to follow during your visit.  

Time Needed for Programs

Programs offered range from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours in length, depending on the site and topic requested. Groups can arrange two to three programs back-to-back, but are also welcome to schedule a lunch break between programs. The Education Coordinator will provide a rotation schedule for each group to follow with your confirmation packet.

When visiting multiple sites, it is important to remain on schedule; please be sure to plan adequate travel time to Alexandria so the program can begin on time. If you have any questions or concerns about traveling between sites during the day, the Education Coordinator would be happy to address them. If you are running late, please call the Education Coordinator.


When making your reservation, please discuss any special needs in your group. Each site will use this information to ensure all participants are included and have a positive experience during their visit. Many historic sites in Alexandria are multi-level and do not have elevators; however, if notified when scheduling the program, adjustments can be made to include all students to the best of each site’s ability. Sign language and foreign language interpreters may also be available if requested when making your reservation.

Payment for Multi-Site Programs

All sites offer free admission to Alexandria City Public Schools who call in advance to arrange a program. A few sites also offer free programs to other public and private school groups or charge a nominal fee of $2 per child.

Please be prepared to pay each site separately on the day of the program.

Where to Park

Groups arriving by car should include time for parking in their schedule. There is metered street and garage parking available throughout Old Town.

School and tour buses must use designated loading/unloading and parking areas in Historic Alexandria. For the exact locations, see the Visit Alexandria for motor coach resources.

Bus loading/unloading: Due to the high volume of bus traffic, parking is allowed in the designated areas for only as long as it takes to actually load or unload. (Alexandria Police Department will strictly enforce). Loading and unloading areas are adjacent to:

  • For the Torpedo Factory/Alexandria Archaeology: King Street behind the King Street Trolley. Buses are prohibited to load or unload in front of building on Union Street.
  • For Carlyle House, Market Square, and the Visitors Center: 300 block of King Street between Fairfax Street and Royal Street on Market Square side
  • For Gadsby's Tavern Museum: directly in front of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
  • The Lyceum: Alexandria’s History Museum: directly in front of the Lyceum, except from 4-6pm on weekdays

Bus Parking: Due to the sensitivity of our historic buildings, buses are not permitted to idle when parked. Engines must be turned off. Short-term parking is permitted at:

  • Robinson Terminal: 500 block of North Union Street (four spaces) between Oronocco and Pendleton streets, east side, northbound; 3-hour parking on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • North Old Town: 900 block of North St. Asaph Street (two spaces), west side, southbound: 3 hour parking on a first-come, first-served basis
  • George Washington Masonic National Memorial: 101 Callahan Drive, daytime permits available between 9am and 11pm for $10 per day. Permits must be obtained in advance online from the City of Alexandria, or from the Alexandria Visitor’s Center at Ramsay House.
  • Fort Ward: Parking available on site.

Restroom and Water Fountain Facilities

Public restrooms and water fountains are available in The Lyceum, City Hall, and the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Most historic sites do not have restroom facilities for school groups.

Lunch Facilities

Groups must arrange lunch and/or snack plans in advance with the Education Coordinator.

Group Lunch Facilities
in Historic Alexandria

Reservations Required

No Reservations Required

Outdoor Spaces

Carlyle House garden
Fort Ward Park

Market Square
Founder’s Park
The Torpedo Factory Dock
The Lyceum’s side entrance

Indoor Spaces

The Lyceum’s lecture hall
George Washington Masonic National Memorial