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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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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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A favorite stop for our out of town guests

Gadsby's is a great stop for visitors and locals with out of town guests. The entrance fee is minimal. The tour guides enthusiastic and informative. The Museum gives you a good... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 17, 2014
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Arlington, Virginia, United States
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Arlington, Virginia, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Gadsby's is a great stop for visitors and locals with out of town guests. The entrance fee is minimal. The tour guides enthusiastic and informative. The Museum gives you a good idea of how a traveler experienced Alexandria in the early years of the city. The place was an important location for significant events in those early years as well.... More 

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Reston, Virginia
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I was really looking forward to this after reading good reviews. We reached at the museum in the afternoon. It wasn't at all crowded. We were greeted by a little girl in period dress as soon as we entered which was a surprise, but a good one. We entered into the tiny gift shop and asked for the tour. We... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Do not miss Gadsby's Tavern Museum! The museum is a fascinating place with loads of history - George Washington and many other famous Revolutionary War participants dined here numerous times. Then go next door to the restaurant and ask Alan to make you the best rum punch you ever had. He was so nice to talk to, and very knowledgable,... More 

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Oceanside, California, United States
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Seems like "just yesterday" I + my new husband innocently visited Gadsby's Tavern Museum, thinking of a possible libation, we were told the museum was simply that in 1969. But, since then, I've thoroughly enjoyed a lovely, yummy dinner in the dining room, surrounded by family & friends!

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The receptionist and the tour guides were very friendly . We came early in the week, the tour groups were small, & were able to answer many questions after they took us to the various rooms. Learned how important political debates and plans were held there and in similar places in the colonies. My only disappointment was I was hoping... More 

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Hammonton, New Jersey
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61 helpful votes 61 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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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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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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36 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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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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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