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.
A frozen sprinkler pipe burst Sunday evening, January 7, at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, causing flooding from the 2nd floor to the basement in the 1785 building. The privately operated Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant portion of the complex was not affected. Damage to the historic structure is currently being assessed by Museum staff and the City’s Department of General Services. Impact on the Museum’s collection was minimal. The museum is now open for tours and scheduled programs.
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November to March:
Wednesday to Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday: 1 - 4 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday: Closed
Last entry: 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 entry: 4:45 p.m.
During Museum hours, guests are welcome to walk through anytime with a self-guided tour. Guided tours are offered at select times throughout the day. For more information, refer to our Plan your Visit page.
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., by appointment only
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