Address and Contact Information
Alexandria Archaeology Museum
in the Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union Street, #327
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Visit the Alexandria Archaeology Museum to learn how the City’s archaeologists, volunteers and students work with residents and developers to study and manage archaeological resources important to the community's past.
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 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.
The Museum is reopening March 25, 2021. Admission is free and is on a walk-up basis. The Museum will operate at 25% capacity to ensure physical distancing. See more on admission and safety policies.
Friday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 – 5 p.m.
School, Camp, and Out-of-School-Time Programs
Each program introduces the process of archaeology and then asks participants to apply those new skills and knowledge on a specific archaeology site in the city. Participants use real tools, research, and artifacts to better understand Alexandria’s past. For more information about visiting multiple sites in Alexandria, visit scheduling a multi-site program.
- Reservations are required.
- Length of program: Each program is 45 minutes long.
- Maximum Group Size per program: 20 students. (Larger groups should consider scheduling a multi-site program.)
- Cost: $3 per student payment due upon arrival with a minimum charge of $40 per tour day. Alexandria City Public Schools admitted free of charge.
- Accessibility: Please notify us of any special needs in advance so we can best accommodate all of your students. The museum has handicap access to the third floor and will work closely with visiting teachers to make the program as accessible as possible to all.
Small groups may visit Alexandria Archaeology
free of charge. Scheduled talks and tours led by staff members are offered by
reservation at the rate of $5 per person.
The Office of Historic Alexandria offers monthly homeschool classes that rotate around the various City sites. These 1.5 hour classes always include primary source materials and hands-on activities appropriate for a variety of ages. Check the Historic Alexandria Calendar for the upcoming classes. Groups are also welcome to schedule a school tour or book a private homeschool class. Contact the Curator of Education to arrange a visit.
The museum is wheel-chair accessible. The City of Alexandria complies with the terms of ADA. An individual with a disability who wishes to request a reasonable accommodation may contact Alexandria Archaeology at 703.746.4399.
At the Museum, you can purchase gifts and a variety of publications on archaeology in Alexandria. Some of these products and additional Historic Alexandria merchandise are available online from The Alexandria Shop.
The Alexandria Archaeology Museum is located in the Torpedo Factory Art Center on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, near many shops, restaurants, and other museums and historic sites. Alexandria is half-way between Washington, D.C. and Mount Vernon.
Metered Parking is available on Union Street, with two or three hour parking on nearby residential streets. Parking regulations are strictly enforced. Nearby parking garages are shown on a convenient map.
From Washington, D.C., and National Airport
Take the George Washington Parkway south, past the airport, into Alexandria. The Parkway becomes Washington Street in the City. Go about a mile, past Queen Street, and turn left on Cameron Street, opposite Christ Church. Go six blocks to the end, and turn right on North Union Street. The Torpedo Factory Art Center will be on your left. The Alexandria Archaeology Museum is on the third floor of the Art Center.
From I-95/I-495 (Capital Beltway)
Take the US Route 1 North exit (first exit on the Virginia side of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge). Take your first right onto Franklin Street, go ten blocks to the end, and turn left onto North Union Street. Go six blocks north, past King Street, and the Torpedo Factory Art Center will be on your right. The Alexandria Archaeology Museum is on the third floor of the Art Center.
Take the yellow or blue line to King Street station. Cross the parking lot and turn right, one half block to King Street. Turn right (east) on King Street and walk about down hill about 1 1/2 miles to North Union Street. Turn left, and the Torpedo Factory Art Center will be on your left. The Alexandria Archaeology Museum is on the third floor of the Art Center. Or take the Dash Bus to King and North Royal Streets. Call 703.370.DASH for bus schedules and information, or check the schedules posted at the station.
Take Amtrak or Virginia Railway Express to Alexandria's Union Station (across the tracks from King Street Metro station). Upon exiting the train station, walk to your right to King Street and follow directions from Metro.