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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

The tour is cheap so definitely take advantage if you are in town. I took the guided tour but you can also do self-guided versions. It was interesting to hear about the life of travelers and uses of taverns in early American life. It is...More

Thank Dewayne P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent food with a touch of the old world. Historic location, Took some international work colleagues there. Well worth the experience.

Thank surfnsun5667
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great historic tour of how the hospitality industry was from days gone by, from what people ate and drank back then, to prices and what accommodations you might expect at an inn. Also included history specific to the building and owners

Thank Ann H
Reviewed 12 May 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 9 May 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.

1  Thank Loretta V
Reviewed 27 April 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

2  Thank elcodfish
Reviewed 13 April 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 10 April 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 9 April 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 6 April 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
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How much does the museum cost?
15 July 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.