The Lyceum: Alexandria's History Museum
The Alexandria Lyceum was founded a year earlier, 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 city’s history museum, the site offers exhibitions, public programs, a museum store, and facility rentals.
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Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas
Staff Office Hours
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., by appointment
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To purchase tickets to events sponsored by The Lyceum , and to shop online, visit The Alexandria Shop.
Lyceum Performance Calendar
Learn about events from groups renting the the lecture hall, for concerts, lectures and meetings open to the public.
American Alliance of Museums