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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Sign up for Dive into Archaeology or Afternoon with Archaeologists! Both hands-on programs are an opportunity to take a tour of where 18th and early 19thcentury ship timbers from Alexandria’s waterfront are being preserved, talk with City Archaeologists, and take part in hands-on activities. Both programs will fill up fast, so sign up early.
Summer Camp provides an opportunity for 12-15 year olds to work on a real archaeological dig. This year's camp takes place Monday-Friday, July 15-19, 2019. Registration is limited to the first 15 applicants. Camp is full for 2019. Email Alexandria Archaeology to be added to the waiting list.
Earn credit through the
George Washington University for this two-week intensive archaeological course, offering
a hands-on experience in excavation and laboratory study of an archaeological
site. Monday – Friday, May 20 - 24 and Tuesday – Saturday, May 28 – June 1, 2019.
at the Robinson Landing site discovered the remains of three 18th-century
ships, along with wharves, warehouses and more. Learn about these latest finds
and about earlier nautical discoveries, including another ship, 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.
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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