OPEN: Gadsby's Tavern Museum

We are excited that Gadsby’s Tavern Museum will reopen August 7 in accordance with the Commonwealth’s Forward Virginia Plan. Learn more about initial hours, timed tickets, and safety measures.

Page updated on Aug 6, 2020 at 8:57 PM

1785 Building: Open DoorOPEN: Gadsby's Tavern Museum

We are excited that Gadsby’s Tavern Museum reopened to the public for tours on August 7.

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Timed Tickets

As OHA museums reopen, they will initially operate at 25% capacity and will require purchase of tickets in advance at The Alexandria Shop.

At Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, guests will need to reserve a tour slot. Each tour slot includes up to 10 people and your party will be the only visitors arriving at that time. Tickets are $5 or free for Alexandria residents and GTMS members. If you have purchased a Key to the City ticket, you will have the option to schedule the time of your visit. Please bring your Key to the City ticket to be redeemed.  

Initial Hours

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum will open Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m.

Come tour the Museum at your own pace and immerse yourself in the spaces and stories of the tavern. Take a selfie with the “Learned Pig.” Reenact a ball as you dance to music in the ballroom. While touring, you’ll learn how all social classes and people—free and enslaved, men and women, African American and white—were part of not just the tavern but the creation of Alexandria and the young nation. 

Safety Measures

We have enacted additional measures to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff. We ask that visitors:

  1. Wash hands upon arrival at the hand-sanitizing station at the entrance.
  2. Wear a face covering while visiting as required by the Commonwealth of Virginia (exceptions include children under 10 and people with health conditions that do not allow them to wear face coverings).
  3. Follow one-way traffic patterns through the museum and maintain physical distancing.
  4. Limit group sizes to 10 people or less.  
  5. Credit card payments are the preferred method of payment for museum shop purchases.
  6. To help keep our spaces clean, we ask guests to refrain from touching exhibits and displayed materials.

Museum staff are implementing safety standards based on Department of Health recommendations, including:

  1. Requiring all staff wear face coverings in the building.
  2. Enhancing daily cleaning, including disinfecting high-touch surfaces throughout the day.
  3. Providing hand sanitizer throughout the museum.
  4. Restricting admission to timed entry to ensure physical distancing.
  5. Installing plexiglass at shop counters.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum!