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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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Nice if you have time

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 July 18, 2016

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 July 18, 2016

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 July 14, 2016

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

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

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 July 1, 2016 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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

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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