City Museums and Historic Sites
Explore centuries of human history. See a 13,000-year-old Clovis point, an 18th-century apothecary, a restored Civil War fort, a 1940s segregated library, and more. Below is all the information you need to plan a visit to the Historic Alexandria museums - address and phone numbers, hours, admission fees, directions and more. Before your visit, be sure to print an eSavings Coupons.
- African American Heritage Park
- Alexandria Archaeology Museum
- Alexandria Black History Museum
- Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum
- Contraband and Freedmen's Cemetery Memorial
- Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site
- Friendship Firehouse
- Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
- Murray-Dick-Fawcett House (garden)
- Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
Key to the City Pass
The best way to unlock Alexandria's rich culture and history is with the Alexandria Visitor Center's Key to the City museum pass. From Alexandria's co-founders to the nation's first president and from the Civil War to civil rights, learn about our remarkable history and walk amongst original 18th-and 19th-century architecture preserved by a city dedicated to honoring its past.
For only $15—a $44 value—the Key to the City museum pass includes:
- Access to 9 historic sites
- Newest benefits:
- Enjoy a 40% off coupon for a visit to nearby George Washington’s Mount Vernon
- Take in the best view of the city from the Observation Deck atop the George Washington National Masonic Memorial
- 10% off coupon for museum store purchases valid at 7 sites
- Suggestions of 3 additional free historic sites
More Historic Attractions
Alexandria has many fine museums and historic sites that are not City-owned. Information on these historic attractions, including address, hours and admission fees can be found at the Alexandria Visitors Center at Ramsay House, and online at VisitAlexandriaVa.com.
- Alexandria National Cemetery
- Alexandria Seaport Center
- The Athenaeum
- Carlyle House Historic Park
- Christ Church
- George Washington Masonic National Memorial
- Lee-Fendall House
- The Old Presbyterian Meeting House
- Torpedo Factory Art Center
- USPTO Museum
The National Trust for Historic Preservation selected Alexandria as one of the 2011 Dozen Distinctive Destinations. Alexandria, nominated by the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association with input from the Office of Historic Alexandria, was chosen for its urban charm that blends an extraordinary early American past with modern flair and its citizens’ strong commitment to protecting and celebrating their history.
Alexandria Visitors Center at Ramsay House
The Alexandria Convention and Visitor Association provides information on historic sites, hotels, restaurants, shops, parking and more. When in Alexandria, stop by the Alexandria Visitors Center at Ramsay House at 221 King Street, or call 703.746.3313 for information.