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 Jul 13, 2020 at 11:14 AM

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 ages.  Learn more about museum exhibits. 

Closures

The museums are closed and public programs are cancelled until further notice. 


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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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Help Historic Alexandria chart a new path for the summer and fall as we seek to bring history to you in new and different ways! Please take a few minutes to take the survey!


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Museums are beginning to reopen in accordance with the Commonwealth’s Forward Virginia Plan. In compliance with the governor’s Stay-at-Home order, the Office of Historic Alexandria (OHA) sites have been closed since March. Public programs are cancelled until further notice. Refer to the Calendar for the status of Commission and other departmental associated meetings.

For additional information about the City of Alexandria’s actions, visit alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.


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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! 


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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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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.


Museum Hours

Note: the museums and offices are closed and 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

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Event Tickets 

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


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