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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October 30 & Tuesday, October 31 at 8 p.m., actor David Keltz returns to
The Lyceum to re-create Edgar Allan Poe's visit to Virginia in 1849, shortly
before he died. Keltz performs varying selections each year, but the program
always includes a chilling story or two such as "The Black Cat,"
"The Cask of Amontillado," or "The Tell-Tale Heart," along
with well-known poems "The Raven" and "El Dorado." Due to
the nature of some material, the program is best suited for ages 12 and up. Tickets are $15 per person, and are
available by calling The Lyceum at 703.746.4994 or purchase online.
George Washington is represented in The Lyceum's collection with items created to commemorate, and celebrate, his life and achievements. Click on the photograph of the sampler to learn more about it, as well as two other artifacts from the 19th century that are examples showing how he was greatly admired at home, nationally, and abroad.
To commemorate the anniversary of American entry into World War II, The Lyceum presents The Five Payne Brothers An Alexandria Family & Their Service.
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Lyceum Performance Calendar
Events from groups renting the the lecture hall, for concerts, lectures and meetings open to the public.
The Lyceum: Alexandria’s History Museum
201 S. Washington Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
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
American Alliance of Museums