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Gadsby's Tavern Museum

Address: 134 N. Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (Old Town)
Phone Number: 703-746-4242
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Ranked #11 of 66 things to do in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History museums, Museums
Activities: Dining
Owner description: Discover Alexandria’s five-star hotel of the 18th century! Gadsby’s Tavern Museum consists of the...
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Type: History museums, Museums
Activities: Dining
Hours:
Sun - Mon 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Chicago, Illinois
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95 reviews 95 reviews
38 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

As a history nut, I enjoyed visiting this museum and going on the tour very much. Our tour guide was fun and informative, she liked making jokes, which made it even more fun. I liked that our guide talked about the history of the building and how that fit in with the history of the entire city etc. The rooms... More 

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Ponce, Puerto Rico
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49 reviews 49 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

The museum is like being there in the late 1700s. Very well kept. The guide was very knowledgable of the whole history of the place. The museum is near the main plaza and just in front of the city hall.

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I went here as something different when I was staying in Washington. It's a fascinating place and the tour guide answered all of my ignorant questions about American history. Old Town is definitely worth visiting and is a relaxing break away from the grandeur of DC.

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Ridge, New York
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55 reviews 55 reviews
34 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

If you love history this is a must see. Very small group tours filled with so much information and stories. To actually be in the room where Thomas Jefferson had his Inaugural reception! Located right in the heart of Old Town. Only a few dollars admission and i got the AAA discount!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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133 reviews 133 reviews
37 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

When in Alexandria Old Town, stop in here to see one of the places where Washington really did eat from time to time (his house is just up the block!) This place has not been furnished with period-appropriate furnishings (not sure why not) but the architecture and history alone make this place worth a trip. This place is still a... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

very well preserved, the tour guide was a wealth of information (building history, what it was used for, back ground of owner, who (famous) frequented the establishment) well worth a stop, very historical

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Saffron Walden, England, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Worth a visit, although to British minds the attempt by the guide to "role-play" grated a little.There are many historic sites in Alexandria and I would include this one on your itinerary

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Alexandria, Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

If you're coming to Old Town Alexandria because of the historic charm you owe it to yourself to visit Gadsby's. Not having lived in the 1800's ;-) i presume the presentations are period correct and, for me at least, interesting. And since you're at the museum why not get a meal in the Tavern for a bit more of the... More 

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Arlington, Virginia, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Gadsby's is a great stop for visitors and locals with out of town guests. The entrance fee is minimal. The tour guides enthusiastic and informative. The Museum gives you a good idea of how a traveler experienced Alexandria in the early years of the city. The place was an important location for significant events in those early years as well.... More 

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Reston, Virginia
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84 reviews 84 reviews
54 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I was really looking forward to this after reading good reviews. We reached at the museum in the afternoon. It wasn't at all crowded. We were greeted by a little girl in period dress as soon as we entered which was a surprise, but a good one. We entered into the tiny gift shop and asked for the tour. We... More 

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