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Gadsby's Tavern Museum

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Address: 134 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3226
Phone Number: +1 703-746-4242
10:00 - 17:00
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Discover Alexandria’s five-star hotel of the 18th century! Gadsby’s Tavern...

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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Things used to be very different

We learned how taverns were back in the 1700's and I'm sure glad they've changed. There's a lot of history here at Gadsby's Tavern so I would recommend taking the short tour... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 November 2016
Porterville, California
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Restored 18th century building; food adequate though there are better options; service efficient and polite.

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Porterville, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

We learned how taverns were back in the 1700's and I'm sure glad they've changed. There's a lot of history here at Gadsby's Tavern so I would recommend taking the short tour. The guides were very passionate about the history of this tavern and were excited to share all they knew. From the famous people that have visited to how... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

the food on the tables was recreated by the cooks [shefs, whatever] at the tavern FROM the original recipe, so they would know what it's supposed to look like, so then they had it created or they, themselves, created it from fake stuff. So it looks age appropriate. [lol the terms we use in different centuries]. Original flooring, stairs are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is a staple in Old Town. The food is Colonial and quite heavy but so worth the experience. Ghost tours line up here, the Lafayette Ball is held here, George Washington ate here regularly- what's not to love?

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Holland, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Step back to George Washington's days as you enter the tavern for you midday fare. Food is reasonably priced, tasty and authentically served by waitstaff in costume. After your meal, take a tour of the building - not lengthy , but definitely worth the time!

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Learned a little bit about previous history. The women who took us on the tour did a nice job. There are some steep stairs so be careful. There is a charge for the tour. Currently they charge 5 bucks per person or 4 bucks if you are a AAA member. Tour is about 20-25 minutes

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Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Get a little history on the Founding and building of Alexandria, VA from knowledgeable and friendly your guides. See what a colonial Tavern might serve up for dinner, the accommodations for overnight guests, and stand in the ballroom where Thomas Jefferson had his inaugural ball and celebration. Inexpensive admission and very interesting.

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Copiague, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

The museum is attached to the tavern where George Washington & Thomas Jefferson ate. Tour is guided. Worth visiting at least once.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Alexandria, Virginia is one of the most historic places in the nation with more preserved structures than any other place. Gadsby Tavern is special because George Washington and Thomas Jefferson ate there. It was nice to see the original rooms where people ate and slept.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

This was a tour of the tavern besides Gadsby's Tavern. We happened to time it on a day when 4th-7th grade students were acting as the docents. As we'd go from room to room a student docent would talk about the room and share their favorite thing about that room. We saw the different rooms for eating and sleeping, which... More 

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