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 Alexandria Archaeological Commission (AAC) is now accepting
nominations for the Bernard “Ben” Brenman Archaeology in Alexandria Award. The
AAC established this award to celebrate the contributions of the late Ben
Brenman, a founding member of the AAC.. The deadline for nominations is Saturday, June 30.
Archaeologists under contract with developer EYA LLC and working under a City-approved Resource Management Plan found the remains of three historic ships at the Robinson Landing construction site. The ships, and another discovered at the Hotel Indigo site in 2015, are believed to have been built in the mid-to-late 1700s and buried before 1798.
As redevelopment takes place along Alexandria's waterfront, archaeologists working at the Robinson Landing site are discovering ships, wharves, warehouses and more. Learn about the latest finds, and about nautical discoveries from the nearby Indigo Hotel site.
The hull of the 18th-century ship found in 2015 at the Hotel Indigo construction site is undergoing conservation at Texas A&M University's Conservation Research Laboratory. Please make a generous donation to the Save Our Ship Conservation Fund to ensure the preservation of the fragile wood timbers. Thanks to all who helped us raise more than $10,000 for the ship on April 25, through Spring2ACTion.
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.
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.
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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