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Gadsby's Tavern Museum

134 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3226
+1 703-746-4242
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Discover Alexandria’s five-star hotel of the 18th century! Gadsby’s Tavern Museum consists of the c. 1785 tavern and the 1792 City Tavern and Hotel. The buildings were constructed by John Wise, but made famous by John Gadsby. Mr. Gadsby’s establishment was the center of political, business, and social life in Alexandria and hosted the likes of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Today the Museum offers tours, programs and special events.
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134 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3226
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"thomas jefferson"
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"ate here"
in 7 reviews
"sleeping quarters"
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"peanut soup"
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"ball room"
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"john adams"
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"self guided tour"
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"interesting tour"
in 7 reviews
"aaa member"
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"great insight"
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"entry fee"
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"founding fathers"
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"interesting building"
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"step back in time"
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"colonial times"
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"worth a visit"
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"lunch or dinner"
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We popped in for an unplanned visit on Mother’s Day and met period actors representing & sharing life in the US & the tavern’s history. There’s a lot of surprising information from the orchestra’s balcony, to the dormer, to the gorgeous backyard and more!! Takes...More

Thank Scott S
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a great tour to fit in with other sights in old town. The tour is not particularly long and there are a lot of interesting bits of information about that time period. I've gone there multiple times.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

There was no guide for this but the many placards and signs did an excellent job of explaining what this or that space was used for. There were several places where there was an effort to make the tour more interactive (eg, take the specialized...More

Thank Jack B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The tours would begin at 1:00 pm but a gracious gentleman allowed us to see the first floor. Very interesting how they have what was consumed during this early period in American colonial times. Didn’t try the restaurant which is right next door.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a worthwhile destination for those into early American history or wanting to soak up the ambiance of "eating" in the place of George Washington and colleagues. We enjoyed a first class dinner.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived late and did the self guided tour and completed it in about 1/2 hour for $5 a person. Small but informative about life in colonial Alexandria. Well worth a visit while in area. Museum has samples of food eaten to beds from colonial...More

Thank Rob S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The floors have seen many shoes over the centuries. The present day staff was fun and informative. The beef dip - the best we have had for years. The local beer tasty and refreshing. A perfect lunch.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is possible to imagine Washington and his friends meeting and eating in this Tavern. The ground floor rooms are set out with typical furniture and the large upper floor would have been an ideal place for meetings and social events. On the top floor,...More

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Reviewed May 16, 2018

Chose this restaurant due its great reputation and the history it affords. The idea that I was eating in the same location where greats like Washington and Jefferson ate intrigued me. The service with wait staff in costumes and meals in the style of colonial...More

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Reviewed May 13, 2018

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum in Alexandria was offering a special where mom’s were free to enter the museum. My husband paid $4 because we have AAA; otherwise the cost would be $5/per adult. The $4 entry fee was well-worth visiting this historic building. Tickets are available...More

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Frugalmama57
July 14, 2015|
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Response from Liz W | Property representative |
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.
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