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Gadsby's Tavern Museum

134 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3226
+1 703-746-4242
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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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134 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3226
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+1 703-746-4242
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting. Love that history is preserved. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson ate there. We toured Gadsby's museum and then had lunch at the historic tavern.

Thank mailirequested
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went for lunch during a day of touring around Old Town. My wife had fish and chips, and I had a prime rib and brie sandwich. Both were really good. Decent selection of beers with some local choices, and a good wine list. Building...More

Thank ChrisRaleigh
Reviewed October 11, 2017

I really enjoyed the historical nature of Gadsby's, but the food was great too. The old-fashioned menu items were a treat and very well prepared.

1  Thank cfpatty
Reviewed October 8, 2017

We had a tour and our guide was very knowledgeable and happy to answer our questions. We were happy to support this establishment and felt the admission cost was fair.

Thank Linda W
Reviewed September 28, 2017 via mobile

We stumbled upon this place after eating lunch at the tavern next-door. They charge five dollars per person as an entry fee but we found out if we had eaten lunch next-door we received a one dollar per person discount. It was definitely an interesting...More

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Reviewed September 25, 2017

Located in downtown, you can enjoy a lunch (not expensive place) where few American president enjoyed having lunch/dinner over there. You can also a guide to visit this tavern.

Thank Yves-Louis P
Reviewed September 24, 2017

The self-guided tour gives plenty of opportunity to linger in the public rooms of this historic tavern and then to explore the less attractive sleeping quarters upstairs. The various informative notices throughout the building are full of interesting and unusual facts about life in Colonial...More

1  Thank Silver70s
Reviewed September 17, 2017

2 lovely ladies. Eileen did tour. Very knowledgeable about history of building. 3 floors in total . Other lady in shop. Well worth a visit and only $5 entry .

1  Thank jeanLochwinnoch
Reviewed September 1, 2017

Really creative small museum, with enthusiastic staff. Great labeling of displays, and graphic accounts of what travel was like back then. What do we have to complain about? Several labels said to look in the clay vessel next to it. Took me a while to...More

1  Thank randylee223
Reviewed July 23, 2017

We spent the day in Alexandria and this was a great find. Washington ate here and the servers are all dressed in period dress. The tables, plates all are old fashioned. My husband enjoyed the beer. I had the peanut soup, it was really good....More

1  Thank lisa0916
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July 14, 2015|
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Response from Liz W | Property representative |
Adults: $5.00 Children (ages 5 -12): $3.00 Children under 5 are free with a paying adult. Discounts are available to AAA Members and to visitors who have dined at Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant.