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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 #10 of 38 attractions in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Houston, Texas
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163 reviews 163 reviews
55 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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Virginia
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145 reviews 145 reviews
20 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

This interesting restaurant is actually an original tavern from 1770. It was a favorite of George Washington and Patrick Henry and Washington celebrated many birthdays here. It's very authentic and even has a small museum adjoining the tavern. But I bet Washington and his crowd did not feast on food and wine as good as we had. The wine selection,... More

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Peoria Heights, Illinois
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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

You walk into a setting reminesent of the early 1900's. The waiters and waitresses are all dressed in old time clothing and the setting looks like it would back then. I didn't get to try the food but the drinks were good and not bad priced

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French Lick, In
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71 reviews 71 reviews
24 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Went on the tour.....very nice and we had a great guide that did an awesome job. We didn't eat in the restaurant but would dine there next trip to Alexandria.

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ESVA
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Nice place for a late lunch. Atmosphere is old time and the staff is nice. Don't miss the tour of the upstairs rooms.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The volunteer guide was good both at talking about the history of the place and relating interesting tales.

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Vienna, Virginia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
35 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

I had a mother daughter tea with my daughter’s Girl Scout troop at Gadsby's Tavern Museum yesterday and it was very disappointing. For the price of the event, it was on the short side with limited (very limited) fresh from the Costco freezer food. We were told that staff would be in character and that the tea would follow colonial... More

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Liz W, Assistant Director at Gadsby's Tavern Museum, responded to this review

We are sorry you had an unpleasant experience and appreciate your candid comments through this post, our phone conversation, and email. We will certainly incorporate many of your suggestions into our program logistics moving forward. Also know this was an atypical experience. We pride ourselves in offering programs that meet Mr. Gadsby’s highest sense of quality and hospitality for all... More

San Jose, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Good tour with some information that was interesting, different, and pertinent to the tavern / hotel. Shows the main tavern room, private dining area, the common room upstairs, ballroom, and contrasting sleeping areas.

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Springfield, Virginia
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12 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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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