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 through the remainder of 2020 based on 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.
Tours may be arranged for camps, scout groups, home-schooled families and other groups, in addition to school groups. The Museum offers a Past/Present exercise for kindergarten and first grade students, which uses easily-understood terms and guided practice to teach Alexandria’s history. Tours of the Museum’s Parker-Gray Gallery traveling exhibitions are also open to all groups.
- Alexandria’s Civil Rights History
- African American Education
- Alexandria’s Business Community
Story Time with Young Historians is presented by the Alexandria Black History Museum, part of the Office of Historic Alexandria. Each video features a picture book that introduces history and promotes diversity for young readers. A Museum Educator provides historical context and local community connections. New videos released the first Tuesday of every month.
Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-In
How to Schedule a Tour
For school tours the Museum requires a fee of $3 per student ($30 minimum). Programs are free of charge for Alexandria Public Schools. Chaperones are admitted free of charge. The maximum number of children allowed per visit is 40.
To schedule a tour, call the Museum Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tour reservations should be made two weeks in advance. A tour confirmation will be sent by email.
Groups that wish to visit more than one Alexandria site on the same day can make arrangements through the Office of Historic Alexandria.
Outreach Kit: A Century of Just Women
This kit focuses on the contributions of Northern Virginia’s African American women. This kit is designed for fourth grade students and corresponds to the State of Virginia’s Standards of Learning. The kit was funded through a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Kits may be rented from the Museum by calling 703.746.4356.
Lesson Plans: Teaching with Historic Places in Alexandria, Virginia
These two lessons feature significant African American Sites in Alexandria, Virginia. These lessons were inspired by the National Park Service’s Teaching with Historic Places program.
- "A Loathsome Prison:” Slave Trading in Antebellum Alexandria
- America's First Sit-Down Strike: The 1939 Alexandria Library Sit-In
Lesson Plans: Creating a More Perfect Community
These lessons on Reconstruction were developed by local teachers as part of a three-year project (2004-2006), funded by a Teaching American History Grant awarded to Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS). This project was a partnership between ACPS, George Mason University's Center for History and New Media and Department of History and Art History, the Office of Historic Alexandria, and Northern Virginia Community College.