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The Lyceum

Neighborhood: Old Town
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Address: 201 S. Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone Number: 703/838-4994
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Small but Interesting Museum with Good Gift Shop

The historical exhibits were limited, but interesting to read and see. The staff were very helpful with questions. They have many city guides and walking trail pamphlets... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

The Lyceum serves as the history museum for the city of Alexandria, VA. The museum is small, basically two large rooms of exhibitions, and there are no artifacts that merit great attention. That said, it gives a good overview of the history of the city, from the native American, colonial, and revolutionary eras, through World War II and the civil... More 

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Camarillo, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The entrance fee for this museum is $2 per person. It is a very small museum but it is very interesting because it shows you the history of Alexandria.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

The historical exhibits were limited, but interesting to read and see. The staff were very helpful with questions. They have many city guides and walking trail pamphlets available. The gift shop has interesting books and many trinkets. A cheap and quick visit.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This is good for a quick and inexpensive stop. $2 per person but seems more voluntary. I like the Civil War rifle. Educational but kind of small. I like the confederate statue out front in the intersection. Quite interesting.

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Milwaukee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

I had this on my list to visit, and we did wander over. It is small, and basically two rooms. What they have, though, is a nice overview of Alexandria and its history, especially during the Civil War era. The staff is very nice. It won't take you a lot of time, but I would do it. Hint - bring... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

To be honest, the museum didn't have as much as I thought it would have. Some of the artifacts were really interesting though. I'd just say that you shouldn't expect to spend more than 40 minutes here. The woman at the front desk said our admission price was optional, so we gave her $3 because we didn't have the full... More 

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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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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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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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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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Additional Information about The Lyceum

Address: 201 S. Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone Number: 703/838-4994
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria>  > Old Town
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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