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Gadsby's Tavern Museum

134 N. Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (Old Town)
703-746-4242
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Ranked #12 of 38 Attractions in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Activities: Dining
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.... more » 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. « less
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Saffron Walden, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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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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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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Do not miss Gadsby's Tavern Museum! The museum is a fascinating place with loads of history - George Washington and many other famous Revolutionary War participants dined here numerous times. Then go next door to the restaurant and ask Alan to make you the best rum punch you ever had. He was so nice to talk to, and very knowledgable,... More

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Oceanside, California, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Seems like "just yesterday" I + my new husband innocently visited Gadsby's Tavern Museum, thinking of a possible libation, we were told the museum was simply that in 1969. But, since then, I've thoroughly enjoyed a lovely, yummy dinner in the dining room, surrounded by family & friends!

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The receptionist and the tour guides were very friendly . We came early in the week, the tour groups were small, & were able to answer many questions after they took us to the various rooms. Learned how important political debates and plans were held there and in similar places in the colonies. My only disappointment was I was hoping... More

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Hammonton, New Jersey
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Our guide, William, was friendly and engaging. He made the tour interesting and was honest when he didn't quite know the answer to a question. Learning the history of the tavern and the times and not solely having things focused on Washington made it more interesting for me.

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Vonore, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We went on a Friday afternoon to the museum(inn and tavern). They close at 5 pm with the last tour starting at 4:45. The tour lasts for 30 minutes so guess that last tour goes over closing time. It's only $5 admission, and you get a knowledgable and enthusiastic guide to take you around. You are shown the public tavern... More

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Hamilton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We went on a tour of this museum because we missed our boat, literally, to go to Mt. Vernon. Nice little tour. Takes about 30 minutes. Gives you a taste of what it was like to travel in the 1700's.

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