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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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Hammonton, New Jersey
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122 reviews 122 reviews
38 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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75 attraction reviews
213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

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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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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Maryville, Tennessee
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28 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We used AAA to get a discount. We were the only ones on the tour which was nice. Interesting to stand were George Washington and Thomas Jefferson did.

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Alexandria, VA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Both places are interesting. The wait staff dress in period clothes; the food is great fun and good. This is the oldest working tavern in the country and it is worth a visit.

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Massapequa Park
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The museum guide was very interesting and full of good information. She was a good story teller and let you imagine you were there with the founding fathers.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Dropped in and decided to do a tour. It was only $5 per person. The tour lasted about 30 minutes. William was very knowledgable. We saw each floor and each area was explained. The tavern side is less formal than the beautiful inn side. You get to see both buildings and even the ice house. Well worth a stop.

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Hendersonville, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Stopped in while walking through Alexandria, so glad we did. Very knowledgeable guide, very enjoyable tour.

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Houston, Texas
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50 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Very neat historic place, nice to see! Okay place to grab a bite of lunch. Had a cup of peanut soup,never had it before, fun to try but not crazy about it. Shared the Reuben sandwich it was good, but not outstanding Service was very slow!

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Really interesting location. George Washington really did drink here. Life in the 18th century come to real life.

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