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.|
Museum Closures and Covid-19 Operational Guidelines
Alexandria's History Museum is now open, but some of our other museums remain closed and public programs are cancelled until further notice. Check the Historic Alexandria homepage to see the latest on which museums are now open.
The Office of Historic Alexandria established the following guidelines to ensure consistent operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff will regularly re-evaluate them based on safety and 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
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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