Rentals and Private Events at Historic Properties

Many city-owned historic locations in Alexandria have facilities available for rent for a variety of functions, including meetings, seminars, private parties, weddings, and many other special events.

Page updated on Jun 21, 2021 at 11:10 AM

Rentals and Private Events at Historic Alexandria Properties

Six Historic Alexandria properties are available for rentals and private events. The properties can accommodate from 15 to 160 people, for a range of events including parties, weddings and meetings.

In line with other City facilities, there is a non-refundable $50 fee for events serving alcoholic beverages. Appropriate ABC permits are required for serving alcoholic beverages; visit VABC for more information. See individual properties for rental fees and additional information.

Rentals: Black History MuseumAlexandria Black History Museum

902 Wythe Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314

  • History: The Alexandria Black History Museum is the perfect setting for patrons interested in an intimate, historic setting with ethnic flair. The museum complex is comprised of three sites – the Alexandria Black History Museum, the adjacent Watson Reading Room and the Alexandria African American Heritage Park.
  • Event spaces: First floor of the Museum, including access to the permanent exhibit, Securing the Blessings of Liberty, reception space in the Parker-Gray Gallery, and access to a full kitchen; the Watson Reading Room, adjacent to the Museum.
  • Capacities: Reception 120, Seated 60 – Parker Gray Gallery / Watson Reading Room 30
  • Parking and transportation: Five blocks from the Braddock Road Metro on the Blue and Yellow lines; ample street parking available without restriction on Wythe Street; two hour parking available on North Alfred Street.
  • Disabled access: All of the Museum’s rental spaces, including the restrooms, are fully accessible.
  • Major restrictions: Events must end by 10 p.m. No events with alcohol are allowed without a current ABC License. The use of candles or confetti is not permitted.
  • More information on renting the Museum
  • For more information and booking: contact the museum’s rental coordinator online or call 703.746.4356 .

Rentals: The Lyceum

Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum

201 South Washington Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314

  • History: Built in 1839 as a lecture hall and community library, The Lyceum has also served as a Civil War hospital, a private home, an office building, and the country's first Bicentennial Center. Listed on the National Register, The Lyceum exhibits classic Greek Revival architecture
  • Event spaces: First floor entrance hall; second floor lecture hall with low stage and projection room; small catering kitchen off of lecture hall; exhibit galleries open with special arrangements
  • Capacities: seated concert/lecture/wedding 140; open floor reception 120; dinner or meeting with tables/chairs 95; classroom with tables/chairs 45
  • Parking and transportation: 18-space lot on site; public garages within walking distance; street parking; approx. 20-minute walk to King St. Metro (Blue and Yellow lines); DASH and Metro bus stop in front of building
  • Disabled access: light-duty passenger elevator to second floor accommodates non-motorized wheelchairs only
  • Major restrictions: No events run past midnight; no glitter or confetti
  • More information on renting the Museum
  • For more information and booking: contact the facilities coordinator online or call 703.746.4994.

Rentals: Friendship Firehouse

Friendship Firehouse Museum

107 S. Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314

  • History: The Friendship Fire Company was established in 1774, as the first volunteer fire company in Alexandria. The current firehouse was built in 1855, was substantially remodeled in 1871, and was restored by the City of Alexandria in 1992.
  • Event spaces: First floor Engine Room exhibit area; second floor meeting room and Marshall Beverly Room
  • Capacities: First floor 15, second floor 40, using entire building 55
  • Parking and transportation: Limited street parking in residential area; public parking within one block; DASH bus on King Street, less than one block away; approximately. 20-minute walk to King Street Metro station (Blue and Yellow lines)
  • Disabled access: ADA compliant; wheelchair accessible to second floor
  • Major restrictions: none
  • More information on renting the Museum.
  • For more information and booking: contact the facilities coordinator online or call 703.746.4994.

Rentals: Gadsby's Tavern

Gadsby's Tavern Museum

134 North Royal Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314

  • History: Meet in the same room George Washington met in...Drink in the same room Thomas Jefferson drank in.
  • Event spaces: Assembly Room, located in the c.1785 tavern, and the historic 18th century Ballroom, located in the 1792 City Tavern
  • Capacities: Ballroom—ceremony 90, seated dinner 72, standing reception 100; Assembly Room—ceremony 65, seated dinner 40, standing reception 80; Both rooms—seated dinner 112, standing reception 160
  • Parking and transportation: loading/unloading zone directly in front of museum; public garages within walking distance; street parking
  • Disabled access: two flights of stairs to rental space, no elevator
  • Major restrictions: No events run past 11 p.m.
  • More information on renting the Museum
  • For more information and booking:  contact the rental coordinator online or call 703.746.4242 .

Dining room set for 8Lloyd House 
Dining room set for 8

220 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

  • History: Constructed around 1796-1797, Lloyd House is one of the best examples of Alexandria’s late eighteenth-century Georgian style, and one of five buildings of the Georgian style remaining in the city.
  •  Event spaces: Late 18th-century parlor, large outdoor brick patio and large fenced garden
  •  Capacities: 50 for seated event in the Parlor, 100 for event using indoor and outdoor spaces
  • Parking and transportation: Street parking, nearby public lots, reserved street parking available through City.
  • Disabled access: Full access to patio and first floor; ADA compliant restroom
  • Major restrictions: No amplified music, events must end by 11 p.m.
  • More information on renting the Lloyd House
  • For more information and booking: Download the information packet, contact us online, or call 703.746.4554.

Rentals: Apothecary

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

105-107 S. Fairfax Street , Alexandria, Virginia 22314

  • History: Meet and entertain where ingenuity and innovation surround you. The 2nd floor at the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum will inspire any group – large or small
  • Event spaces: second floor room, may also close museum to rent both first and second floor
  • Capacities: seated, chairs only 24; meeting with tables and chairs 15; cocktail party 50
  • Parking and transportation: public garages within walking distance; street parking
  • Disabled access: flight of stairs to second floor, no elevator
  • Major restrictions: No events run past 11 p.m.
  • More information on renting the Museum
  • For more information and booking: contact the rental coordinator online or call 703.746.3852.

More Alexandria Venues

These unique sites and facilities might also be appropriate for your special occasion. The Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association can assist you in learning about hotel and restaurant venues.