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.
|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. We will add more days later in the summer.
As we reopen, museums will initially operate at 25% capacity and will require purchase of timed tickets in advance at The Alexandria Shop. Tickets are $3 or free for Alexandria residents. If you have purchased a Key to the City ticket, you will have the option to choose that option to schedule the time of your visit. Please bring your Key to the City ticket to be redeemed.
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.
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.
American Alliance of Museums