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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The City of Alexandria has announced that archaeologists under contract with developer EYA LLC and working under a City-approved Resource Management Plan have found the remains of a third historic ship at the Robinson Landing construction site in Old Town. All three ships are believed to have been built in the mid-to-late 1700s, and buried before 1798. A similar ship was discovered nearby at the Hotel Indigo site in late 2015.
SAVE OUR SHIP! Early Alexandrians sunk this vessel on the Potomac mudflats over 200 years ago. Archaeologists unearthed the ship, temporarily saving it from destruction. We need your help to ensure the preservation of the fragile wood timbers. Donate today, or join us for the Hip Hip Huzzah Happy Hour on April 25, 2018.
about what archaeologists are finding now at
the Robinson Terminal South site. On two sites, Archaeologists have discovered
the remains of John Carlyle’s 1755 public warehouse, Robert Hooe’s 18th
century warehouse and store, the massive Pioneer Mill, and three early ships. The
implementation of the Alexandria Archaeological Protection Code provides this
opportunity for archaeologists to explore the 18th and 19th–century history of
the City as development along the waterfront proceeds.
The historic ship discovered on Alexandria's waterfront in 2015 needs your help! Early Alexandrians sunk this vessel on the Potomac mudflats over 200 years ago. Archaeologists unearthed the ship, temporarily saving it from destruction. We need your help to ensure the preservation of the fragile wood timbers for future generations to study and appreciate. Please make a generous donation to the Save Our Ship Conservation Fund. See the latest on the The Alexandria Ship Project, from the Conservation Research Laboratory at Texas A&M.
Earn credit through the
George Washington University for this two-week intensive field school, offering
a hands-on experience in excavation and laboratory study of an archaeological
site. (10-day course). Monday – Friday, May 21 - 25 and
Tuesday – Saturday, May 29 – June 2, 2018.
Help City archaeologists
screen excavated soil during a real dig on the grounds of the George
Washington Masonic National Memorial. Space for this program (select dates,
June - October) is limited and reservations are required. This popular program
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.
In the last several years, excavations have focused
on the 20th century African American community known as The
Fort. This community 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
Shuter’s Hill will once
again be the site of archaeological research and excavations in 2018. This
ongoing excavation is exploring the Mills/Lee/Dulaney plantation on the grounds
of the George Washington Masonic Memorial. The mansion house was built in 1782
and 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.
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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