Welcome to Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
Explore early American society through these two 18th-century taverns.
With the end of the American Revolution in 1783, attention turned to building a new nation. Taverns like these provided a place for discussing revolutionary ideas like liberty, equality, and justice, along with how best to put them into practice. These same taverns, however,
also reinforced traditional social order through their operations and activities.
Travel and learn at your own pace. As you go, consider:
- Who might have been found in each space.
- The unique position of taverns in the community.
- The challenges people faced living in a fledgling country.
Take pictures and tag the museum on: Instagram #gadsbystavern or tweet Mr. Gadsby @JohnGadsby
Hospitality-to-All Rules: Please treat the museum collection and others with courtesy and respect along your museum journey.
Shaded rooms are open for museum guests.
To see the ice well, turn left when exiting the museum.
Generous support for this exhibit provided by:
- Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society
- M. Cricket Bauer & Timothy R. Messman
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