The Alexandria Archaeology Museum
Visit the museum on the third floor of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, at 105 N. Union Street in historic Old Town Alexandria. In the Museum's Public Laboratory, you may find volunteers washing, marking and cataloguing artifacts from the latest dig.
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. Small "table top" exhibits feature other Alexandria sites and finds. Hands-on activities engage visitors of all
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In compliance with the
governor’s Stay-at-Home order, the Office of Historic Alexandria (OHA) sites
are closed and public programs are cancelled until further
notice. The Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum will reopen first when
Northern Virginia enters Phase II of the Commonwealth’s Forward Virginia Plan
in mid-to-late June. Refer to the Calendar for the status of Commission and other departmental
Miss visiting your favorite Historic Alexandria sites? Looking for
some fun historic activities to share with your kids at home? Let our staff
bring history virtually to you!
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.
CANCELLED - Summer Camp 2020. Camp provides an
opportunity for 12-15 year olds to work on a real archaeological dig. This
year, it is not possible for campers to do hands-on work under careful
supervision of staff while following CDC, state, and local guidelines. Next
year’s camp will be widened to include campers age 12-16. Dates will be
announced in January 2021.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Regular Museum Hours
Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (closed November through March)
Wednesday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
New Year's Day, Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas
Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by appointment
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