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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
Old Town
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+1 703-746-4242
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Parking is available in the area, but you must find it and pay. The Gadsby's Tavern "complex" is two connected buildings--the functioning restaurant on the corner and the museum next to it. There is a nominal fee for admittance. The museum is the original historical...More

Thank ransom007
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Hadn't been in years. The food is good, the place is historic and everyday Ben Franklin and some of his friends show up and talk about the good old revolutionary war days. Fun. Great place to bring out of town friends

Thank Chinapjs
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the Gadsby Tavern to eat for Lunch and the food was great, prices were good and the servers were in period dress and very very nice. I had the Cock-a -leeky which (pot pie kinda thing) great flavor, crab cake was good,...More

Thank Nancy F
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Ate here with my daughter when she visited for the Fourth of July and really made a good impression. It was exciting to see so much history in old town Alexandria and being able to dine in part of it instead of viewing behind velvet...More

Thank Sean M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very historic tavern. They serve traditional colonial fare. Very kind people and the service was great. George Washington used to meet with others at a particular table in the back. Such fun.

Thank Barry K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Be prepared with early American history before you hold a conversation with a very real President Madison.

Thank Alex L
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Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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.

Thank staylor523
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Reviewed 4 weeks 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 June 10, 2018 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.

Thank Mateo0333
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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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