Educational Resources at Gadsby's Tavern Museum

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum supports educators in classrooms, in homes, and within organizations. Our on-site programs range from special tours and hands-on activities to lectures and living-history opportunities. Education programs and educational outreach kits can be tailored to meet the needs of your specific group!

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Educational Resources at Gadsby's Tavern Museum

A variety of educational programs are offered throughout the week and year. Many programs require advance registration and some are scheduled only a few times a year, so be sure to contact the Curator of Education to make your reservations today!

School Programs

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum offers a variety of school tour programs tailored to match the curricula of students in the classroom. Educators may choose from one of our pre-packaged programs for grades K through 6 or work with the museum educator to create their own tour experience. Lessons are free to Alexandria City Public School groups, and $3 per person ($40 minimum) for all other groups.

Adult Programs

Group tours for 10 or more people are offered by reservation at the discounted rate of $4 per person during regular hours.  Groups are also welcome to arrange a time outside of regular museum hours.  Cost is $6 per person with a $100 minimum.  Costumed guides are available for an additional $50 flat rate.  In order to receive the group rate, tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance of the tour date and pay in full before day of arrival. For more information or to book a group tour, please contact the Curator of Education.

There are also a variety of lectures and living history programs of interest for adults. Consult the Historic Alexandria Calendar for upcoming programs.

Homeschool Programs

The Office of Historic Alexandria offers monthly homeschool classes that alternate between 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.

Camp and Daycare Programs

Daycares and camps can explore the museum and discover what it was like to travel over 200 years ago in Alexandria. Choose from one of our three programs specially designed for camp and daycare groups ages 4 and up. Cost for the approximately one-hour programs is $5 per child (minimum of $30) with up to 5 adults admitted free. History camps sponsored by local museum and historic societies receive a discount. Contact the Curator of Education to schedule your program. Tour times available Tuesday through Friday in the mornings or afternoons. Take home a souvenir goody bag that includes a museum pencil, sticker, and postcard! Goody bags are an additional $1.25 per bag and must be ordered when you schedule your program.

Scout Programs

Scouting groups interested in experiencing history first-hand will enjoy the programs at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Combine a 30-minute tour of the Museum with a visit to Old Town Alexandria. Reservations are required for many of our special events; tickets can be purchased online. Groups who can’t make it to the tavern can rent one of our educational kits to bring history to life at their meetings.

Special Needs

Groups with special needs can call in advance to arrange a program and work directly with the Curator of Education to ensure your Museum experience fits the needs of all in your group. The tavern buildings are multi-level and do not have elevators; however, if notified when scheduling the program, adjustments can be made to include all to the best of our ability. Sign language and foreign language interpreters may also be available if requested at least two weeks in advance when making your reservation.

Reenactor References

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum works closely with the Living History Foundation, a volunteer organization. While Gadsby’s Tavern Museum cannot book a reenactor for your group nor provide costumed staff for events or classroom visits, we may be able to provide additional references. If you would like to bring your class to scheduled events that feature reenactors, please check our calendar

Educational Outreach Kits

Want to bring objects, primary source documents, and images into your classroom? Then look no further than the Museum's Outreach Kits. The Tavern in a Trunk is designed to bring all of this and more directly to the students. The Museum also offers Playing the Past for the classroom or Scout use which walks your group through recreating an 18h-century ball.