Alexandria Archaeology Museum

Visit the Alexandria Archaeology Museum to learn how the City’s archaeologists, volunteers and students work with residents and developers to study and manage archaeological resources important to the community's past.

Page updated on Nov 25, 2020 at 10:10 AM

The Alexandria Archaeology Museum

 Visit the museum and lab on the third floor of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, at 105 N. Union Street in historic Old Town Alexandria.

The main exhibit, Archaeologists at Work: The Lee Street Site, highlights one city block to provide a fascinating glimpse of Alexandria's history and the way in which archaeologists study the past. Preserving Alexandria’s Maritime Heritage features a 3D ship model and artifacts that tell the story of Alexandria’s role in the 18th century maritime world. Learn more about museum exhibits. 

Now Open

The Museum is now open Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m. 

See more information about safety measures at the museum.

Covid-19 Operation Guidelines  

The Office of Historic Alexandria established the following guidelines to ensure consistent operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff will regularly re-evaluate them through the remainder of 2020 based on available staffing levels and as the region moves through Phase 3 of the Forward Virginia plan. Includes guidelines for guided tours, volunteers, rentals, public programs and events, and on-site research and collections use by the public.

Covid-19 Operation Guidelines


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We are excited that the Alexandria Archaeology Museum has reopened, in accordance with the Commonwealth’s Forward Virginia Plan. Initial hours are Friday and Saturday 11-4 and Sunday 1-4. Learn more about safety measures.


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While our lives today look different than generations past, winter still brings a common feeling of change. Even this year, when COVID 19 is changing much of what we do, colder days, longer nights, and holiday.


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To celebrate Virginia Archaeology Month Alexandria Archaeology released a new video every Friday in October. Learn more about why Alexandria Archeology exists, how archaeologists use technology, and how our staff manage collections big and small. 


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Museums are beginning to reopen in accordance with the Commonwealth’s Forward Virginia Plan. The Alexandria Archaeology Museum, Gadsby's Tavern Museum, and Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum are now open. Public programs are cancelled until further notice. Refer to the Calendar for the status of Commission and other departmental associated meetings.


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Alexandria’s African American history is told through an online StoryMap and can be experienced in-home on your computer or on your smartphone as you walk the trail along the Potomac River. The walking trail lasts about 45 minutes at a leisurely pace. The webpage presents more in-depth information about the stops highlighted in the StoryMap.


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As redevelopment takes place along the waterfront, archaeologists are learning more about the city’s maritime past. Learn about the discovery of four 18th-century ships, wharves and warehouses, and the current effort to record the ship timbers with 3D scanning, and consider a generous donation to the Save Our Ships Fund.


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Peaceful vigils, protests and other events took place in Alexandria during the first week in June, following the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd. Recognizing the importance of this moment in history, the Office of Historic Alexandria invites the community to share signs, t-shirts, flyers, photographs, journals, personal stories, and artifacts that document local vigils and protests. 


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As we experience this unprecedented time in the history of our town and the world, the Office of Historic Alexandria is embarking on a project to record our City’s response by conducting oral histories and collecting select memories, objects and documents from across the Alexandria community.


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Location, hours, directions, and everything you need to know to visit the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. No Admission Charge.
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The Ramsey Homes, a former public housing project on North Patrick Street, is being replaced by a mixed income community with low-income and market-rate units. The documentation of the history and architecture of the Ramsey Homes was undertaken as part of the historic preservation process required by Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and can be viewed here. 


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Archaeological studies conducted between 1996 and 2007 provided tangible evidence of the cemetery's survival after more than 125 years of neglect and destruction. Of the approximately 1,800 graves once located in the cemetery, more than 500 were identified through archaeological investigations. 


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The 20th century African American community known as The Fort is the focus of an effort by the Office of Historic Alexandria to study and preserve the post-Civil War historic resources of Fort Ward Park. Archaeological excavations in the park, historical research, and oral histories highlight our growing knowledge of this community.


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An ongoing excavation on Shuter's Hill near the Masonic Memorial is exploring the Mills/Lee/Dulaney plantation, built in 1782. The mansion house burned in 1842, and was replaced by a larger brick house that was used by Union troops during the Civil War. Shuter's Hill also became the site of two Union forts in the Defenses of Washington.


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The shoreline of the Potomac River where Alexandria is located today was inhabited for centuries, long before the modern community was founded. When Captain John Smith neared this point in 1608, he met at least two groups of indigenous peoples, who were among the thousands of Native Americans who inhabited the region and enjoyed its rich resources of fish and game. 


Museum Hours

Museum Hours
Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m.
Public programs are cancelled until further notice.     

Closed
New Year's Day, Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas

Office Hours
Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by appointment

Email the Museum

Email the Alexandria Archaeology Museum

Event Tickets 

To purchase tickets to events at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, and to shop online, visit The Alexandria Shop


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