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Gadsby's Tavern Museum

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Address: 134 N. Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone Number: 703-746-4242
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Description: 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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So much history! The Gadsby's Tavern Museum is a must-do before or after enjoying the Gadsby's Tavern restaurant next door. The docent was super knowledgeable, and it is so... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

So much history! The Gadsby's Tavern Museum is a must-do before or after enjoying the Gadsby's Tavern restaurant next door. The docent was super knowledgeable, and it is so incredibly cool to visit where George Washington spent a good deal of time. (Not to mention Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, etc!) Tickets are a very reasonable $5. They are free for... More 

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Kenwood, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This is a lovely old restaurant, original decor (updated) with the old wood plank floors and great food. The outside patio is a great spot if you have small children.

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National Park, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

A great museum to visit. Well informed tour guides. If you love revolutionary war history. Small fee.

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Must do, I recommend to take the tour, inform yoursel of this historic place, and then have lunch or a drink next door.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is a great stop in old town. The history and tour was great. Plus, its a tavern... bonus... Take your time and watch your step, some of the stair are warped because of how old they are.

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Earlysville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This is a unique blast from the past piece of history & worth the time to see...by now the flood damage should be repaired...the ice cellar is unique & will open ones eyes as to how things were kept cold in the 18th century. How our early fathers dined & relaxed is truly something to ponder.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This was a solid 18th century building tour. I thought there was a little more information given than on many similar tours. Jo was an excellent docent, and she did her best to work around the work in progress regarding water damage sustained earlier this year. I would have liked to ask more questions, but we were a bit pressed... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Was looking for the museum...opened the door and saw this is a formal dining experience. Unfriendly reception and no information forthcoming....sent packing with tail between my legs....and none the wiser about how to find the museum!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Areas are undergoing restoration due to water damage. The tour was adequate- the docent was less tag enthusiastic in his job. The Washington's, Thomas Jefferson, Robert E Lee, Marquis de Lafayette, James Munroe, James madison & John Quincy Adams were all patrons. The best & most interesting room is the downstairs dining room set up as it would have been.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We absolutely loved our tour of the tavern. The docent was so informative about the daily happenings at the tavern that she really brought it to life. Also, learning how George Washington and Thomas Jefferson spent their time there was really interesting, too. We would love to return for a Jane Austen style ball or another themed ball, it seems... More 

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