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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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Discover Alexandria’s five-star hotel of the 18th century! Gadsby’s...

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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Walk into America history, and have dinner

I love Gadsbys, and recommend to all my friends if visiting Alexandria, it is a must. Even if not serving a meal, or dining, you can just open he door and pop in to enjoy viewing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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English first
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love Gadsbys, and recommend to all my friends if visiting Alexandria, it is a must. Even if not serving a meal, or dining, you can just open he door and pop in to enjoy viewing even briefly the original building, and historical significance of Gadsbys. The fireplace is original from The days when George Washingon and Thomas Jefferson dined... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like history from our early days this is your place. Make sure you go over to the tavern from the museum and get a refreshment from the serving wench.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're tired of the theme-park-like "historical" sites that seem more like theatrical adaptations of fairy tales than the real deal, go here. Gadsby's Tavern is real, and they they have more authenticity than many rebuilt/recreated sites that try to show people what they expect to see a la Hollywood. This place is more for adults who care about history... More 

Thank Eric M
Millersburg, Ohio
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An excellent tour revisiting history at its finest! Would go again and then eat at the Tavern...the food smelled wonderful!

Thank Vanessa T
Norfolk, Virginia
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343 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I don't know that George Washington slept here since he had a town house around the corner. The wealthy plantation owners in the area had town homes in Old Town Alexandria. Like other taverns of its day, Gadsby's was a meeting place for the area and also a overnight stop for men who were traveling through Virginia. Today the tavern... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a chance to visit some of the historical sites on our last trip and I'm glad we got a chance to step back in time at this museum. Actually saw something in a building I've never seen before but I won't spoil the surprise. :-)

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Richmond, Virginia
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34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Before you take the opportunity to dine next door at the restaurant, take time to tour the museum. The guide is knowledgeable and is very fun to learn about how the tavern operated in the 1700's.

Thank Bob D
Sugar Hill, Georgia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We had an amazing meal here. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. This place has a lot of history and the atmosphere is great. Highly recommended.

Thank DLS3rd
Weehawken, New Jersey
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

This is a quaint revolutionary war era museum. Unfortunately, they had a couple problems of water damage this year, and are still in the midst of restoration as of August 2015. Only two of the three floors are open, the first floor rooms/displays are well organized to demonstrate the explanations of daily life and the business of the tavern. The... More 

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Summerfield, Florida, United States
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195 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

It is a great photo op. Located in Alexandria, Va Old Town and should not be missed if you are in the area.

Thank Randy C

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