Fort Ward Museum
Fort Ward Museum interprets the site's history and offers exhibits on Civil War topics, education and interpretive programs, tours, lecture and video series, bus tours, and living history activities throughout the year. The Museum and Historic Site also interpret Alexandria, Virginia as an occupied city, the city's role as a vital Union Army crossroads, life within the Defenses of Washington, and the everyday life of Civil War soldiers and civilians.
The historic fort provides visitors with an excellent understanding of Civil War-era military engineering. About 90% of the fort's earthwork walls are preserved and the Northwest Bastion has been restored and reconstructed to its original condition.
Museum Closures and Covid-19 Operational Guidelines
Many of the museums are closed and public programs are cancelled until further notice. Check the Historic Alexandria homepage to see the latest on which museums are now open.
The Office of Historic Alexandria established the following guidelines to ensure consistent operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff will regularly re-evaluate them based on safety and available staffing levels and as the region moves through Phase 3 of the Forward Virginia plan. Includes guidelines for guided tours, volunteers, rentals, public programs and events, and on-site research and collections use by the public.
Museum, Park and Office Hours
Note: the museums and offices are closed and public programs are cancelled until further notice.
New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas. Please call for other holiday closings.
Daily: 9 a.m. to sunset.
Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by appointment only.
Email the Museum
To purchase tickets to events at Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, and to shop online, visit The Alexandria Shop.
The Museum and Historic Fort are located within a 45-acre park, operated by the City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities. Picnic areas are available and may be reserved for groups by calling the Recreation department at 703.746.5405.
American Alliance of Museums