The Lyceum: Alexandria's History Museum

In 1839, a group of gentlemen calling themselves The Alexandria Lyceum joined with the Alexandria Library Company to build a grand hall to provide a place for lectures, scientific experiments and quiet reading.

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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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The Lyceum invites kids and their caregivers to join us for Family Fun Days. Join us on Tuesday, June 28 for “Shaping our City” and on Saturday, July 16 for “The Wright Flight”. Family Fun Days are designed to engage the entire family, recommended for ages 4 and up, and will run from 10-11:30 a.m. Tickets are $8 per child, adults free. Pre-registration is required, and tickets can be purchased online or by calling 703.746.4994.


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This teapot, in The Lyceum’s Howard W. Smith, Jr. Collection, demonstrates the beautiful and high quality work produced by Charles A. Burnett. Burnett, born in Virginia in 1769 was working by 1790. Although the reference has been lost, according to tradition he advertised in Alexandria in 1793. Burnett moved his shop to Georgetown by 1800, where he produced and retailed silver for close to fifty years.


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Download the latest issue of our digital newsletter for The Lyceum and Friendship Firehouse Museum here.


Lyceum Performance Calendar

Events from groups renting the the lecture hall, for concerts, lectures and meetings open to the public.

Address

The Lyceum: Alexandria’s History Museum 
201 S. Washington Street 
Alexandria, Virginia 22314 
Phone: 703.746.4994 
Fax: 703.838.4997 
Email 

Museum Hours

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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