Welcome to Historic Alexandria
Many of the city's premier historic sites fall under the administration of the Office of Historic Alexandria, the department of City government charged with the conservation, interpretation and promotion of these links to the past. These sites bring Alexandria's varied and storied history to life. Additionally, Alexandria has many more historic sites which are open to the public and tell a significant part of the city's historical tale.
The Office of Historic Alexandria is accredited by the American Alliance of Museum and is a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.
This Week in Historic Alexandria
This week in Historic Alexandria, enjoy the many exhibits, public programs and special events offered by our city’s great museums and historic sites! This e-newsletter is updated each week on this webpage, or sign up for an eNews account to have it delivered to your in-box.
City of Alexandria’s Museum System Awarded Reaccreditation
The Online Shop is receiving an update
The Alexandria Shop is receiving a software update and is currently unavailable. We hope to have it available again soon, for your online purchases of tickets, merchandise and memberships. (March 21, 5:30 p.m.)
Women's History Month
Plan Your Visit
Alexandria Archaeology Museum (Open Tuesday-Sunday)
- Alexandria Black History Museum (Open Thursday-Sunday)
Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum (Open Thursday-Sunday)
Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site (Open Thursday-Sunday)
- Freedom House Museum (Open Thursday-Monday)
Friendship Firehouse Museum (Open one Saturday a month)
Gadsby's Tavern Museum (Open Thursday-Tuesday)
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum (Open Wednesday-Monday)
Support Historic Alexandria
Celebrate the power and impact of community philanthropy by supporting Historic Alexandria!
If you have learned, laughed, or pondered anew over the last few months, consider a donation to support the individual museums or special projects of the Office of Historic Alexandria. Your support will ensure the restoration and interpretation of Freedom House, help digitize archival materials at the Alexandria Black History Museum, research the historic fabric of the Murray-Dick-Fawcett House, support new exhibit panels at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, or help create an Alexandria Oral History Center.
Every donation helps us preserve and tell the stories that make Alexandria what it is today. Thank you for your support of Alexandria’s history and historic sites.
Celebrate the power and impact of community philanthropy by supporting Historic Alexandria! Every donation helps us preserve and tell the stories that make Alexandria what it is today.
Become a Member
Become a Member of Alexandria’s historic sites and museums. Come to special events, receive newsletters, get discounts on Museum Shop merchandise, and support history.
Purchase event tickets, donate to your favorite museum, become a member, and buy selected merchandise online at The Alexandria Shop. Your purchases online or at our shops support programming at Historic Alexandria's museums.
Rentals and Private Events
Six Historic Alexandria properties are available for rentals and private events. The properties can accommodate from 15 to 160 people, for a range of events including parties, weddings and meetings.
Alexandria Community Remembrance Project
The Alexandria Community Remembrance Project (ACRP) is a city-wide initiative dedicated to helping Alexandria understand its history of racial terror hate crimes and to work toward creating a welcoming community bound by equity and inclusion. Learn more, read the newsletter, and become involved.
Educational Resources in Historic Alexandria
Learners of all ages can explore Alexandria’s history through online and on-site offerings. Historic Alexandria offers educators the opportunity to reinforce their teaching with hands-on experiences, field trips, kits, and online resources.
The Alexandria Oral History Center
The Alexandria Oral History Center is a community-driven collaboration to document and preserve the memories and stories of Alexandria. The Center provides residents with oral history trainings and resources to conduct oral history interviews and community history projects.
Learn about Alexandria's Past
The History of Alexandria, Virginia
Read a brief history of Alexandria and find more about our history on the Historic Alexandria website and elsewhere on the internet.
Indigenous Peoples, Virginia Indians, and Alexandria
For thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans and the founding of Alexandria in 1749, Indians seasonally lived in and traveled through the lands that would become the City of Alexandria.
Conducting Your Own Historic Research
Do you have questions about the history of your property, genealogy, or local history? The Library's Local History/Special Collections division is the the best place to start your research. Then check the Topical Guide to see which other Resources may be useful in your search.
Out of the Attic Archives
“Out of the Attic” has appeared in the Alexandria Times newspaper since 2007. Each week, the column focuses on the story behind an historic image or an aspect of Alexandria's history. Search the archive.
The City museums are stewards of more than 30,000 objects, in addition to more than two million archaeological artifacts and 25,000 archival documents. View online collections and learn about the collections of each of the Historic Alexandria museums.
Enjoy a variety of walking and bike tours, listen to podcasts, go on a scavenger hunt, or learn about Wayfinding Signs and the African American Heritage Trail.
Wayfinding in Alexandria: Exploring Old Town
The City of Alexandria’s wayfinding signage system helps people find their way around the city. Take a look at the new map and history panel “mini-kiosks” in Old Town, from the Masonic Temple on Shuter's Hill to the waterfront. Read the full text of the history panels here.
City of Alexandria is committed to honoring its historic legacy through preservation, planning, interpretation, public outreach, and programming.
Historic Alexandria Museums
Alexandria Archaeology Museum
Alexandria Archaeology Museum visitors learn how the City's archaeologists, volunteers and students work with residents and developers to study and manage archaeological resources important to the community's past.
Alexandria Black History Museum
Alexandria Black History Museum enriches the lives of Alexandria's residents and visitors, fosters tolerance and understanding among all cultures, and stimulates appreciation of the diversity of the African American experience.
Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site
Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site is the best preserved of the system of Union forts and batteries built to protect Washington, DC during the American Civil War (1861-1865).
Freedom House Museum
The Freedom House Museum at 1315 Duke Street is open with three new exhibitions showcasing Alexandria’s Black history and the Black experience in America.
Gadsby's Tavern Museum
Gadsby's Tavern Museum consists of the ca. 1785 tavern and the 1792 City Hotel. Named for John Gadsby who operated them from 1796 to 1808, explore these buildings where Washington, Jefferson and ordinary travelers came to eat, drink, sleep, and influence history.
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, one of the oldest pharmacies in the nation, sold everything from medicines to household goods from 1793 to 1933. Visitors can tour the historic shop and manufacturing room and view original products left behind.
More City of Alexandria Historic Sites
- Alexandria African American Heritage Park
- Alexandria Union Station (historic train station)
- Archives and Records Center (by appointment)
- Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial
- Lloyd House (administrative offices; garden open)
- Murray-Dick-Fawcett House (garden open)
Alexandria also has many fine museums and historic sites that are not City-owned. Find information on these historic attractions.
News and Information
About Historic Alexandria
Contact Historic Alexandria Administration
Gretchen M. Bulova, Director
The Lloyd House
220 N. Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Contact us through Alex311
Social Media and Newsletters
Stay Connected with Historic Alexandria
Click on Stay Connected, above, to see the social media presence for each of our museums.
Sign up for with Alexandria eNews to see these newsletters in your inbox.
- This Week in Historic Alexandria (weekly)
- Alexandria Community Remembrance Project Newsletter (monthly)
Mission Statements, Strategic Plans and More
Learn more about Historic Alexandria Administration
Many of the city's premier historic sites fall under the administration of the Office of Historic Alexandria, the department of City government charged with the conservation, interpretation and promotion of these links to the past.
Read Mission Statements, Strategic Plans, and other official documents.
Archives and Records Center
The Archives & Records Center provides records management, off-site storage, and reference services to City of Alexandria agencies.