Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum
|Nina Tisara and guests touring Witnessing Worship. Courtesy Steven Halperson/Tisara Photo. |
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.
Covid-19 Operational Guidelines
OHA established the following guidelines to ensure consistent operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. All museums are participating in the ALX Promise Gold program. Staff will regularly re-evaluate these guidelines throughout 2021, based on guidance from the CDC, Commonwealth of Virginia, and the Virginia Health Department.
The Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum is open Thursdays and Fridays 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Saturdays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. This page has
admission information and directions to
assist in planning your visit.
Join us in the parking lot of the Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum for the 5th annual classic car show featuring a variety of Packards and other “orphan” vehicles. This show will bring together cars that are no longer manufactured – hence the term “orphans.” The show is free and is co-sponsored by Packards Virginia and the Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum.
Visit the first floor exhibits and The Lyceum Lecture Hall on Google 360 Virtual Tours.
A new Online Exhibition. Learn about Alexandria’s first Girl Scout troops and the important role youth organizations have played in supporting girls in their formative years.
In 1985, photographer Nina Tisara documented fifty worship groups throughout the City of Alexandria. The 106 images provide a portrait of Alexandria’s worship community at that time. Tisara sought to document “the breadth, variety, and vitality of worship in the city.” She came to call her project Converging Paths because the experience led her to conclude that, despite the many different paths worship takes, “we are all kin.” This
online exhibition provides a sampling of the photographs.
Over the past year, OHA has recorded our community's response to the pandemic by collecting objects, images and stories from citizens across the City. See a sampling of this public history collecting effort, and learn more about contributing to this on-going project.
George Washington is represented in the Alexandria History Museum''s collection with items created to commemorate, and celebrate, his life and achievements. Learn about the sampler and two other artifacts from the 19th century that show how he was greatly admired at home, nationally, and abroad.
Miss visiting your favorite Historic Alexandria sites? Looking for
some fun historic activities to share with your kids at home? Let our staff
bring history virtually to you!
Museum and Office Hours
Thursday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.– 5 p.m.
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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