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“Average Tour” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Gadsby's Tavern Museum

Gadsby's Tavern Museum
134 N. Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (Old Town)
703-746-4242
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Ranked #11 of 71 things to do in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence
Activities: Dining
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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.
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 245 helpful votes
“Average Tour”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Areas are undergoing restoration due to water damage.
The tour was adequate- the docent was less tag enthusiastic in his job.
The Washington's, Thomas Jefferson, Robert E Lee, Marquis de Lafayette, James Munroe, James madison & John Quincy Adams were all patrons.
The best & most interesting room is the downstairs dining room set up as it would have been.

Visited May 2015
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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“Gadsby's Tavern Tales...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We absolutely loved our tour of the tavern. The docent was so informative about the daily happenings at the tavern that she really brought it to life. Also, learning how George Washington and Thomas Jefferson spent their time there was really interesting, too. We would love to return for a Jane Austen style ball or another themed ball, it seems so exciting!

Visited July 2015
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Ohio
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“Good Gadsby's!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Any time you can walk in the footsteps of the greatest American of all time, George Washington, it's a treat. Thomas Jefferson had his inaugural ball here too. This place reeks of history. It's worth a visit for lovers of history. The tavern next door is a completely different entity inhabiting the 1892 addition. The museum inhabits part of the 1892 addition as well as all of the original 1885 building.

Visited July 2015
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Choctaw, Oklahoma
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“Very informative”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

My family of five were the only ones on the tour of the tavern. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and informative. It was a nice break from being in big groups and getting to see things close up. Would definitely encourage people to visit this gem.

Visited June 2015
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Pana, Illinois
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“Unique experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Unique experience...loved it! The ambiance of the place was awesome...there was even a guy walking around singing in period dress..!

Visited July 2014
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