Plan Your Visit to Gadsby's Tavern Museum

Gadsby's Tavern Museum is located in Old Town Alexandria, near many shops, restaurants, and other museums and historic sites. Alexandria is half-way between Washington, D.C. and Mount Vernon. During open hours, guests are welcome to walk through anytime with a self-guided tour. Guided tours are offered at select times throughout the day.

Page updated on Apr 30, 2021 at 10:29 AM


Welcome to Gadsby's Tavern

Gadsby's Tavern Museum
134 N. Royal Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: 703.746.4242
Fax: 703.838.4270

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

Museum Hours

The museum will reopen on March 26, with the following hours.

Thursday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 – 5 p.m.

Office Hours

Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., by appointment only

Admission and Advanced Tickets

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

At Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, guests are encouraged to reserve a tour slot for a discount. City residents and GTMS members can reserve their time for free; otherwise advance reservation is a discounted flat rate of $5 for your entire group of up to 10 people. If you have purchased a Key to the City ticket, you will have the option to schedule the time of your visit online. Please bring your Key to the City ticket to be redeemed. Regular per person admission applies for tickets purchased at the door as space permits.

Adults: $5.00
Children (ages 5 -12): $3.00
Children under 5 are free with a paying adult.

  • Discounts are available to AAA Members and to visitors who have dined at Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant.   
  • 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.
  • Free admission for members of the  Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society and  HHMC member organizations.

Group Services

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 paid in full before day of arrival. For more information or to book a group tour, please contact the Curator of Education.


The Museum is not wheelchair accessible beyond the first floor. 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 703.746.4242 at least one day prior to visit.

Museum Shop

The Museum Shop at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum offers a wide variety of gifts and merchandise associated with the tavern and historic Alexandria. Products include private label wine, holiday ornaments, children’s items and a large selection of books related to taverns in America. Additional merchandise is available online from The Alexandria Shop.

Directions & Parking 

Metered Parking is available on North Royal Street, with two or three hour parking on nearby residential streets. Parking regulations are strictly enforced. There are also convenient  parking garages nearby. 

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. Go about a mile, past Queen Street, and turn left on Cameron Street, opposite Christ Church. Go three blocks and turn right on North Royal Street. Gadsby's Tavern Museum is located on the right, next to Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant.

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 one mile. Turn right on King Street, go six blocks, and turn left onto North Royal Street. Gadsby's Tavern Museum is located at the end of the block, on the left, at the corner of North Royal and Cameron Streets.

By Metro
Take the yellow or blue line to the King Street Station; then walk a half block to King Street. Turn right (east) on King Street and walk down hill about 1 1/2 miles to North Royal Street. Turn left, and Gadsby's Tavern Museum will be on your left near the end of the block. Or take the  FREE King Street Trolley to King and Royal 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 to King Street and follow directions from Metro.