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Gadsby's Tavern Museum

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Neighborhood: Old Town
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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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One of the best historical tours EVER!

We had such a wonderful tour guide, she was so informative and entertaining! This is a beautiful museum rich with America history. I highly highly recommend it!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
Sabrina M
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

We had such a wonderful tour guide, she was so informative and entertaining! This is a beautiful museum rich with America history. I highly highly recommend it!

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We have been to Gadsby's Tavern many times, the food is good and the staff is awesome. Your out of town guests will thoroughly enjoy it. Be prepared to be entertained and get a great meal. Reservations are recommended.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

As a history nut, I enjoyed visiting this museum and going on the tour very much. Our tour guide was fun and informative, she liked making jokes, which made it even more fun. I liked that our guide talked about the history of the building and how that fit in with the history of the entire city etc. The rooms... More 

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Ponce, Puerto Rico
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20 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

The museum is like being there in the late 1700s. Very well kept. The guide was very knowledgable of the whole history of the place. The museum is near the main plaza and just in front of the city hall.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I went here as something different when I was staying in Washington. It's a fascinating place and the tour guide answered all of my ignorant questions about American history. Old Town is definitely worth visiting and is a relaxing break away from the grandeur of DC.

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Ridge, New York
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

If you love history this is a must see. Very small group tours filled with so much information and stories. To actually be in the room where Thomas Jefferson had his Inaugural reception! Located right in the heart of Old Town. Only a few dollars admission and i got the AAA discount!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

When in Alexandria Old Town, stop in here to see one of the places where Washington really did eat from time to time (his house is just up the block!) This place has not been furnished with period-appropriate furnishings (not sure why not) but the architecture and history alone make this place worth a trip. This place is still a... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

very well preserved, the tour guide was a wealth of information (building history, what it was used for, back ground of owner, who (famous) frequented the establishment) well worth a stop, very historical

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Saffron Walden, England, United Kingdom
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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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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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