Plan Your Visit to the Alexandria Black History Museum

The Alexandria Black History Museum offers group tours of the museum and provides outreach lectures at other sites.

Page updated on Dec 21, 2020 at 1:00 PM

A contemporary woodcut of one of Alexandria’s early African American neighborhoods – Hayti. Artist Karen MurleyAlexandria Black History Museum
902 Wythe Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: 703.746.4356  
Fax: 703.706.3999 

Museum Closures

The museums are closed and public programs are cancelled until further notice. 

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.

Covid-19 Operation Guidelines

Status Update for Historic Alexandria


Suggested admission is $3.00 per person Special group rates are available. Contact the Tour Coordinator for more information.

Free admission for City of Alexandria residents.

Free admission for American Alliance of Museum members (AAM), Virginia Association of Museums Members (VAM), Veterans and Alexandria City Employees.

Group Services

To schedule a tour contact the Tour Coordinator at 703.746.4356, one month prior to your visit. Maximum tour capacity for the museum is 50 people.

To arrange for a staff member from the Alexandria Black History Museum to speak to your school or organization about Alexandria’s African American history, contact museum staff for availability at 703.746.4356 at least one month prior to your visit.

Please note: in February (Black History Month), due to the increased demand for tours and outreach programs, the museum calendar fills quickly. It is recommended that groups book early during the following months: December (Kwanzaa), January (Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday) and February (Black History Month).


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 the Museum at 703-746-4356.

Museum Shop

The Museum’s gift shop offers a wide variety items relating to the African American experience. Patrons are able to find gifts suitable for all ages and interests. Books, CDs, DVDs, postcards, note cards, jewelry, presidential memorabilia, ornaments, toys and games are available for purchase. For a unique gift that educates, inspires or commemorates a special occasion, the Alexandria Black History museum shop has the perfect gift! Additional Historic Alexandria merchandise is available from The Alexandria Shop.

Directions & Parking

The Alexandria Black History Museum is located in the Parker-Gray Historic District, in the north-west quadrant of Old Town Alexandria. Alexandria is half-way between Washington, D.C. and Mount Vernon.

On-street parking or free parking across Wythe Street, in the parking lot behind the Charles Houston Recreation Center.

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. Cross Montgomery and Madison Streets, and then turn right on Wythe Street. The Museum is on the next corner, at Wythe and N. Alfred Streets. Park on Wythe Street.

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). Follow Route 1 (Patrick Street) about 1 1/2 miles. Cross Oronoco and Pendleton Streets, and then turn right on Wythe Street. Museum is on the next corner, at Wythe and N. Alfred Streets. Park Wythe Street.

By Metro
Take the yellow or blue line to Braddock Road station. Walk across the parking lot and bear right until you reach the corner of West and Wythe Streets. Follow Wythe Street five blocks east. The Museum is on the corner of Wythe and Alfred Streets.

By Train
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. Take metro to Braddock Road Station and follow directions from metro.