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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
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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We spent a Sunday doing museum tours in the area. This was by far our favorite! The tour guides were split up by room, so you don't follow the same person throughout. It was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Arlington, Virginia
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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent a Sunday doing museum tours in the area. This was by far our favorite! The tour guides were split up by room, so you don't follow the same person throughout. It was great because the guides were kids!! They were dressed in colonial garb and are well spoken. You get to see 3 floors of rooms and learn... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Most Colonial-era buildings that are open to the public are houses and plantations. Gadsby's Tavern is a combination museum and still-operating tavern. The museum portion includes a thorough tour of the old tavern/inn, including separate dining rooms and guest rooms for wealthy and less-wealthy guests, and ballrooms and other meeting rooms on the premises. The Tavern dates back to the... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Gadsby's had a proud history serving as a major restaurant, meeting place and hotel and also held classes for dancing and French, especially during the Revolutionary period. The docents for each of the rooms were high school students, whose training, friendliness and composure were the icing on the cake of the museum. Seeing the conditions under which our ancestors ate,... More 

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Zebulon, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice display of this home and the history was very well narrated. I would recommend for history buffs.

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American Fork, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Going to Gadsby's Tavern Museum and to the Restaurant was at the top of our to-do list on our recent trip to Washington D.C. Old Town Alexandria is very accessible from Washington via the Metro's yellow line. If you take the metro to the King Street station, you can then catch a ride on the free trolley which will take... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great insight into the life in America in the 1780s. This tour is way better than the restaurant. If you're going to the restaurant, though, take the tour first. Frankly I would just skip the restaurant, but you can read my other review about that.

Thank K2beachguy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The history that took place here is fantastic! This is where George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and many other remarkable founding fathers, I'm sure, discussed the birth of this nation among other political events!

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Delavan, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

In the past - like over 25 years ago - I played for several George Washington Birthday Balls at Gadsby's. I was anxious to show my current wife what it was all about. The tour is quite interesting, and they do take you to the ball room which is where I played in the musicians' gallery. What is that, you... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

This is a very quick, yet informative tour. Sometimes they drone on and on but this one gives you great information and keeps it moving. It was funny how they had all this fake food on the table but we loved how they went to great lengths to show what the guests would have eaten at that time. The visual... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

I purchased a "key to the city" card at the Alexandria Tourist Information center for $10 and this was one of the places included. It was interesting to see a tavern from the time of George Washington and how people traveled and slept. The place was a place to eat, do business, or rest. The tour doesn't last too long,... More 

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