Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum
201 S. Washington Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
The museums are closed and public programs are cancelled until further notice.
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.
Museum Closed for Renovation
The museum is closed for renovation (as of November 2, 2020)
When we reopen: Timed tickets required. Learn about reopening safety measures.
Staff Office Hours
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., by appointment
As we reopen, museums will initially operate at 25% capacity and will require purchase of timed tickets in advance at The Alexandria Shop. Tickets are $3 or free for Alexandria residents. If you have purchased a Key to the City ticket, you will have the option to choose that option to schedule the time of your visit. Please bring your Key to the City ticket to be redeemed.
- Free admission for Alexandria residents.
- General Admission: $3.00 per person, $1.00 youth 6-17, no charge for 5 years and younger; or, $8.00 for a family.
- Free admission is also available to American Alliance of Museum members (AAM), Virginia Association of Museums Members (VAM), Veterans and Alexandria City Employees.
Group programs consist of an intro/orientation, followed by a self-guided visit facilitated by a staff member who is available to answer questions. There is a fee of $3.00 per person/$40 minimum per program. For group tours, call 703.746.4994, or
email Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum for more information. If your group would like to arrange to visit more than one Alexandria museum please learn about scheduling a multi-site visit.
The Museum Shop offers a wide variety of gifts and merchandise from all of our Historic Alexandria Museums. Merchandise is also available online from The Alexandria Shop.
The museum is wheelchair accessible to the first and second floor public areas. 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 703.746.4994.
Park for free in our parking lot while visiting Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum and nearby museums or use metered parking on the street.
The 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.
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. After you cross King and Prince Street (about one mile), The Lyceum will be on your right.
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 Prince Street; turn right on South Washington Street. The Lyceum will be on your right.
Take the yellow or blue line to King Street station. Cross the parking lot and turn left, one half block to Prince Street. Turn left (east) on Prince Street and walk about one mile to Washington Street. Turn right, and the museum will be on your right. Or take the Dash Bus to King and Washington Streets, turn right and walk one block past Prince Street.
Call 703.746.DASH for bus schedules and information, or check the schedules posted at the station. The City of Alexandria's free King Street Trolley transports passengers between the King Street Metrorail Station and the Potomac River waterfront. The free trolley operates seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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.