Gadsby's Tavern Museum consists of two buildings, a ca. 1785 tavern and the 1792 City Hotel. The buildings are named for Englishman John Gadsby who operated them from 1796 to 1808. Mr. Gadsby's establishment was a center of political, business, and social life in early Alexandria. The tavern was the setting for dancing assemblies, theatrical and musical performances, and meetings of local organizations. George Washington enjoyed the hospitality provided by tavernkeepers and twice attended the annual Birthnight Ball held in his honor. Other prominent patrons included John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, and the Marquis de Lafayette.
- The Museum is now accepting applications from children 4th-6th grade for itsJunior Docent program. Junior Docents are trained to provide tours in
period clothing on Sunday afternoons through the summer. Auditions are Sunday, April 3 and required trainings, if accepted, are Sundays, May 1 and June 5 from 2-4:30 p.m.
- Restoration of the Ice Well is officially complete! Learn more about the Ice Well Restoration or see the progress through the Museum's Facebook page.
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Gadsby's Tavern Museum
134 N. Royal Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
November to March:
Wednesday to Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday: 1 - 4 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday: Closed
Last tour: At 3:45 p.m.
Closed: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas
April to October:
Tuesday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday and Monday: 1 - 5 p.m.
Last tour: At 4:45 p.m.
During Museum hours, guided tours start at a quarter after the hour and a quarter before the hour and last approximately 30 minutes. Note that some tour times are not available due to special events at the museum. Please call in advance or check the homepage for more information.
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., by appointment only
American Alliance of Museums