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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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Eden Prairie, MN
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

The tours here are nicely done and a perfect length - especially if your group includes young children. Next time I will combine it with either lunch or dinner in the working restaurant part of the Tavern! The Tavern is beautifully kept up and it's neat to see that it is still very much used as it had been in... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

Had my rehearsal dinner here 9 years ago. Decided to celebrate anniversary by going back. What a great evening. Service and food were great. Kids actually behaved themselves. Just a nice, calm and endearing place.

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N. Hollywood, CA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

This well-preserved establishment serves wonderful food. We had the Sunday morning brunch, which was delicious. Sadly, we missed any character actors who are sometimes available to mingle with the guests. But well worth the effort, regardless.

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Montana
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55 reviews 55 reviews
14 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

I'm not sure what I was expecting but I felt the time could have been better spent. Not that our tour guide wasn't sweet and informative but I found myself bored which is very unusual for me when visiting historic places. The downstairs was far more interesting than upstairs.

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Management response:

I am sorry you did not have an enjoyable experience at the Museum. We strive to give an educational and entertaining tour that showcases the many different funcations that occurred in the tavern. We hope when you are back on the east coast, you would take advantage of our many programs and take a tour again. Thank you for your... More

Minnesota
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76 reviews 76 reviews
30 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

Kids loved it. Had private tour because we were the only ones. Restaurant was good, too.

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Plano, Texas
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39 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

Knowledgeable guide lots of info on this historic tavern. Excellent lunch after - step back in time and history.

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Alexandria, VA
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476 reviews 476 reviews
208 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

This place has been everything and then something else. The history in this place is impressive, not only for the age but also for the political and historical significance to our country. It was the place of the common man, but also a place that presidents and other important historical figured preferred to dine, celebrate, meet, etc. This should be... More

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Fruita, Colorado
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35 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

It was fun to stand on the very floor where so many early day VIPs had danced away the hours. Beautifully restored, by the way. Interesting building with an entrepreneurship history of how to survive in colonial days. Well worth the modest entry fee.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
13 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

This 200+ year old structure has been embraced by the city that call's George Washington, their own. The museum, often overlooked by the presence of the Tavern Restaurant (operated separately from the museum), is a delightful space that is occupied with history and a dedicated staff and group of volunteers that help keep history 'cool'! The museum hosts a multitude... More

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Seattle, Washington
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35 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

While this is certainly an interesting site, the tour at about 45 minutes was too long. We were there on a day with no other visitors, so maybe it's not usually quite so long. It felt geared a bit more to school aged children.

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