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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 #6 of 37 attractions in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Springfield, Virginia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We used to love going to Gadsby's Tavern where George Washington say goodbye to the troups. The food was wonderful. They closed and when they reopened it was not as good. Danced at the historic museum. For people looking for a bit of history it is a fine place to spend an evening. For a local who has seen better... More

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Gainesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

We did not eat lunch or dinner at the Tavern. We had a nice drink and then took the tour. It was a wonderful tour that was informative. We enjoyed it very much.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Although we didn't eat at the restaurant, had we the time and money, I would have loved to; great looking menu. Historic building with some nice period furniture pieces.

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Arlington, Virginia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
53 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

We ate here while we had some family in town. The food was amazing and the staff was very knowledge about about the food and the restaurant. We left wanting to come back again.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

For $5.00 I still recommend that you stop by for a tour. It will give you an idea as to what it was like to stay in a tavern back in the day. The guide could have been more informative regarding dates, what it was like in Alexandria at that time, etc.

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Allentown, PA
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173 reviews 173 reviews
27 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

For $4.00 (usual fee is $5, but AAA members get an additional $1 off), you can't beat this tour! It's short, but informative...........just to see how the musicans climbed up the ladder to go to their box for ballroom/musical experiences was worth the $4.00. It's also so amazing to be in the same place where George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, &... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

This is a definite must see in Old Town Alexandria. So much history and the small personal tour is great. George Washington was one of many historical figures to have visited here. They also have lectures in the ballroom, which Washington would use for parties. The lecture I attended was called "George Washington and the Invention of Nationhood" presented by... More

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

The tour guide is very informative. Steps inside are very steep and narrow, but the tour is worth it if you can endure the stairs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

This tour was about $5 per adult. It was a quick 30-minute tour of Gadsby's Tavern. Be prepared to walk up several flights of stairs. Ours was a small, intimate group so that helped. It was interesting learning about one of Washington's favorite places to hang out back in the day. The tavern itself was closed during our visit, so... More

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Watertown, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Stopped here on our way out of town. Under an hour tour that gives you a feel of what it was like to live a few hundred years ago. A nice way to end a trip to Alexandria (we never went into DC once!).

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