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Gadsby's Tavern Museum

Address: 134 N. Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (Old Town)
Phone Number: 703-746-4242
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Ranked #12 of 32 Attractions in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Activities: Dining
Owner description: Discover Alexandria’s five-star hotel of the 18th century! Gadsby’s Tavern Museum consists of the...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Activities: Dining
Hours:
Sun - Mon 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Hammonton, New Jersey
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135 reviews 135 reviews
42 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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296 reviews 296 reviews
158 attraction reviews
416 helpful votes 416 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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
14 helpful votes 14 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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149 reviews 149 reviews
30 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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9 reviews 9 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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182 reviews 182 reviews
33 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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195 reviews 195 reviews
73 attraction reviews
175 helpful votes 175 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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