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The Lyceum

201 S. Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314 (Old Town)
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Ranked #18 of 32 Attractions in Alexandria
Type: History Museums, Museums
Attraction details
Type: History Museums, Museums
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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United States
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201 reviews 201 reviews
100 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Interesting architecture, small local museum. Concerts are held on a regular basis and of course your pleasure will depend on the artists. I do enjoy the building itself and getting a reminder of its part in the Civil War-I think it was a hospital during the time. Definitely ask; the docents and other staff are happy to share the history... More 

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Simsbury, Connecticut
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Local historical museum. Children's program running during our visit. Self guided tour. Feel free to skip this is you are short on time. The Apothecary is more interesting.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Free concert on the Sunday we visited was wonderful and the perfect length for an interlude. The exhibit we saw after was informative and eye opening. Coming from true northern state we tend to forget how close the south really was to Washington DC during the civil war!!! Glad we stopped in and saw this lovely old building up close... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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377 reviews 377 reviews
89 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I attended a concert here at the Lyceum conservatory; a colleague's daughter was playing her violin. I was impressed with the young group and the conductor - very professional and really quite good! The Lyceum was built in 1839 as a lecture hall and became a hospital during the Civil War. It is now on the National Register of Historic... More 

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Alexandria, VA
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276 attraction reviews
198 helpful votes 198 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

A beautiful classic building on Washington Street just south of the major intersection of the city, the Lyceum is a small but informative museum of the history of Alexandria. A series of rooms are linked together with pictures and written narrative to trace its history from Native Americans to its settlement by Scotch-Irish in 1749 through the turbulence of civil... More 

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Austin, Texas
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This historic building has a cute little museum inside with information about the early inhabitants, the founding of the city, and its development over the years. Well worth a 15-20 minute visit. And it is free admission.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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41 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The museum is small but worth a stop. The real treat is if they are hosting a Saturday or Sunday afternoon concert. The acoustics are great and the music was perfect.

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French Lick, In
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26 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This museum is small but packed with several interesting artifacts and items from the past. They have a nice gift shop and the staff was very informative and nice.

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65 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

there is always an interesting display in the lobby and they have many meetings, concerts and other events so check their schedule

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Gainesville, Virginia
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

We had a good time. It was a self guided tour suitable for adults. I don't think small children would enjoy this venue.

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