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Gadsby's Tavern Museum

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Address: 134 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3226
Phone Number: 703-746-4242
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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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Excellent little museum

Get a little history on the Founding and building of Alexandria, VA from knowledgeable and friendly your guides. See what a colonial Tavern might serve up for dinner, the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Candi G
Georgia, United States
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Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Get a little history on the Founding and building of Alexandria, VA from knowledgeable and friendly your guides. See what a colonial Tavern might serve up for dinner, the accommodations for overnight guests, and stand in the ballroom where Thomas Jefferson had his inaugural ball and celebration. Inexpensive admission and very interesting.

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Copiague, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum is attached to the tavern where George Washington & Thomas Jefferson ate. Tour is guided. Worth visiting at least once.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Alexandria, Virginia is one of the most historic places in the nation with more preserved structures than any other place. Gadsby Tavern is special because George Washington and Thomas Jefferson ate there. It was nice to see the original rooms where people ate and slept.

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rhode island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a tour of the tavern besides Gadsby's Tavern. We happened to time it on a day when 4th-7th grade students were acting as the docents. As we'd go from room to room a student docent would talk about the room and share their favorite thing about that room. We saw the different rooms for eating and sleeping, which... More 

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West Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Always a great place to visit and eat full of Rich history great food and great service a must visit while in Old Town Alexandria.Fantastic peanut soup !!

Thank DArdofSC
Stavanger, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just due to the fabulous history of this iconic gem, you must do it once. I took my husband there for father's day brunch. They have done a wonderful job of preserving the historical feel and ambiance!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016

I enjoyed this tour and would love to attend an event here. August 13th was a Jane Austen ball. If you’ve toured a tavern before, you might not learn too much new information but it’s neat to stand in a space where several past presidents attended events.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

George Washington use to eat here.... you have to stop in at least once. The history is great. The food is always great. we bring guests from out of town here all the time. you might get lucky and the town crier might stop in. (great show).

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2016

It was very cool to have the opportunity to walk through the place where George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and others eat and entertained. A very nicely maintained museum in the heart of Old Town Alexandria that makes you imagine this historic time in our nation's history. The food at the Tavern is terrific. Summer Sundays are a bonus when kids... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016 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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