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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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Reviewed 29 May 2016

This is a very quick, yet informative tour. Sometimes they drone on and on but this one gives you great information and keeps it moving. It was funny how they had all this fake food on the table but we loved how they went to...More

Thank gjscollins
Reviewed 21 May 2016

I purchased a "key to the city" card at the Alexandria Tourist Information center for $10 and this was one of the places included. It was interesting to see a tavern from the time of George Washington and how people traveled and slept. The place...More

Thank Nancy S
Reviewed 1 May 2016

This tavern was right out of a regency novel. Loved the fact George Washington danced in the ballroom. It was a quick tour but the lady was very knowledgeable of the facts.

Thank risher70
Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

Great place to visit and right next door to a great restaurant. The place may be haunted - ask the docent about the friendly female spirit!

Thank Logmarine
Reviewed 24 April 2016

My husband and I stopped at Gadsby's as part of the Keys to the City pass we bought for $10 which included this tour. We visited during a rainy Saturday morning and participated in a 25-minute tour along with 8 other people. The history of...More

Thank hfritzinger
Reviewed 10 April 2016

Jessica was our guide and she was one of the best we have ever had anywhere. The Place is steeped with history. It was also the best Value I have ever had for a guided tour. The story interprets the times better than I have...More

Thank Richard D
Reviewed 8 April 2016

This is one of those must see places, if only for the fact six presidents socialized here. You can see where they ate, where they danced, where boarders stayed, sharing rope beds and pallets. Very nice docent. Get your city pass from the visitor center...More

3  Thank Angela H
Reviewed 6 April 2016

Our guide was really charming and the exhibits are fun. Who knew 17th century kids were allowed to drink ale, but not hot chocolate?

Thank Traveling_Sandy
Reviewed 4 April 2016

Learn a lot about early Alexandria! Times were different in the beginning. Learn about colonial lodging, eating, meetings .. Jefferson held an inaugural meal here, Washington ate here as did Adams. More than this though you will learn about this early colonial town and how...More

Thank Bob D
Reviewed 4 April 2016

The Tavern museum is a nice little place, but they didn't really manage to engage us enough in their history, Part of it was probably due to the fact that they were holding a fundraiser there that day, which took away some of the historic...More

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14 July 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.