Family Days at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Sundays July 21 and August 11

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Special Tour Days Feature Kids Giving Tours and Ice Cream Making

Sundays, July 21 and August 11, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Family Day at Gadsby's Tavern MuseumHelp kids beat the summer brain-drain by visiting Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street, during a Family Day.   On Sundays, July 21 and August 11 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. families can enjoy special tours hosted by the Museum’s Junior Docents and learn about the science and history behind the ice well while making ice cream.  Cost is $5 per adult and $3 per child ages 5-12 and include a tour and ice cream making. 

On these dates, families are invited to tour the historic tavern as costumed Junior Docents, volunteers from grades 4 through 7, share their enthusiasm for history with your family. Let your kids be inspired by their peers as they tour the tavern where George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and others made history!  Family Days will also highlight the tavern’s recently restored Ice Well through hands-on ice cream making while learning about 18th-century ice cream and the science behind making it. 

As America began as a nation during the late 18th-century and emerged in the 19th-century, Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of social and political life in Alexandria as well as the new Federal City of Washington.  The tavern served as the premier gathering place for residents – including George Washington – and visitors to eat, drink, learn, and influence history.  Tavern keepers John Wise and John Gadsby hosted balls, performances, and meetings, and their accommodations were known as the best by travelers near and far.

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is located at 134 North Royal Street in the heart of Old Town Alexandria and is owned and operated by the City of Alexandria. For more information, please call 703.746.4242 or visit