Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum
The Alexandria Lyceum was founded in 1838, by a group of well-educated local men with an interest in improving public educational and cultural opportunities throughout the community. In 1839, the group joined with the Alexandria Library to construct a new home for both organizations, the building known today simply as The Lyceum. This historic site has also served as a Civil War hospital ward, a private residence, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Nation’s first Bicentennial Visitor’s Center. Today, as the Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum, the site offers exhibitions, public programs, a museum store, and facility rentals.
NOW OPEN Through November 1
|Nina Tisara and guests touring Witnessing Worship. Courtesy Steven Halperson/Tisara Photo.|
The Museum is now open Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m. To promote physical distancing, you may be asked to wait and be admitted as space permits. To guarantee an entry time, please purchase a timed entrance pass in The Alexandria Shop prior to arrival and receive a discount off of admission!
Come tour our exhibit galleries, enjoy our museum shop, and view our new special exhibition, Witnessing Worship: A Photographic Study of Faith in Alexandria. The exhibit has over 100 photographs by Nina Tisara that were donated to the Office of Historic Alexandria.
Closing for Renovations Starting November 2
Starting November 2, the Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum will be closed for interior painting, carpet replacement, and other maintenance projects. We apologize for the inconvenience but look forward to welcoming you back when work is completed! In the meantime, we hope you enjoy our online exhibit, “Witnessing Worship: A Photographic Study of Faith in Alexandria” at Alexandriava.gov and our series of “Witnessing Worship” videos featuring exhibit photographer Nina Tisara on our YouTube channel “HistoricAlexVa”
Covid-19 Operation Guidelines
The Office of Historic Alexandria established the following guidelines to ensure consistent operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff will regularly re-evaluate them through the remainder of 2020 based on 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.
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Museum and Office Hours
Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m.
Public programs are cancelled until further notice.
New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., by appointment only.
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To purchase tickets to events sponsored by the Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum , and to shop online, visit The Alexandria Shop.
Learn about events from groups renting the the lecture hall, for concerts, lectures and meetings open to the public.
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