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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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Reviewed May 12, 2017

When we visited here it was strictly a self guided tour. Don't know if this is always the case or not. It is part of the key to the city pass you can purchase at the welcome center. Nothing really special here but it is...More

Thank Charles P
Reviewed May 9, 2017

Just to know when and how this started is amazing. The food is wonderful and the servers are all dressed in period dress. It is beautiful inside and has original floor and serving pieces.

3  Thank Loretta V
Reviewed April 27, 2017 via mobile

We just visited the museum and had a fabulous tour with Kristy. If you can make the tour, it really tells you so much more about the buildings. What is wonderful is the space was never renovated into a home or other business so you...More

3  Thank elcodfish
Reviewed April 13, 2017

This museum is attached to the restaurant and the history behind the building is very cool. The founder fathers and Washington in particular spent a lot of time here. And they have maintained it over the years. Very nice.

1  Thank LostALot22
Reviewed April 10, 2017

History buffs and dance floor denizens alike will get a kick out of the Tavern and ballroom, where adorable young docents in period costumes lead visitors through a variety of rooms with different purposes, built over the course of time as the business grew

1  Thank Steve M
Reviewed April 9, 2017

This road house goes back to the beginning of our country and has documented records of Washington, Jefferson, Adams, etc of having eaten and/or stay in this road house. Wonderful history of the area and life of the early times of our country. Need to...More

2  Thank prairiefoxMn_Usa
Reviewed April 6, 2017

My sister and I toured Gadsby's Tavern Museum in March. The 30-min tour costs $5/adult. Be aware that the museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays from November - March, but open 7 days/week from April - October. Although a short tour, this tavern has...More

1  Thank KailuaGal
Reviewed February 23, 2017 via mobile

Just visited this afternoon and had a very informative guided tour. So much history throughout the entire tavern. The only thing missing was a tasty draft beer to quench our thirst of the late afternoon heat here in Alexandria. The men's-only establishment was a favorite...More

1  Thank kamikaze316
Reviewed February 22, 2017

Got an hour to kill? Go back in time to where the colonial luminaries dined and danced - George and Martha, TJ, Lafayette, etc. Quaint, picturesque, and some fun folklore attached to the place. Costumed guides, some of them just children, brought history to life...More

Thank gormer
Reviewed February 15, 2017 via mobile

I got into town for a week's worth of work on a Sunday. Wanted to find something nice, but not too touristy, and with food. This was PERFECT!! The server's are wearing period outfits, the food was great. The hiring is beautiful, and when I...More

1  Thank CathyB2309
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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.