Gadsby's Tavern Museum

Gadsby's Tavern Museum Discover Alexandria’s five-star hotel of the 18th century!

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum consists of two buildings, the c. 1785 tavern and the 1792 City Tavern and Hotel. The buildings and ice well were constructed by John Wise, but made famous by John Gadsby. He hosted George Washington’s Birthnight Ball,and Thomas Jefferson’s Inaugural Banquet. Located in the heart of Old Town, the museum offers tours and a wide variety of children’s programs and special events throughout the year. Plus keep up with our tavernkeeper Mr. Gadsby on Twitter - @JohnGadsby!

Get them while they are hot! Jane Austen Ball tickets are currently on sale at https://www.alexandriava.gov/shop for Sep...
07/10/2019

Get them while they are hot! Jane Austen Ball tickets are currently on sale at https://www.alexandriava.gov/shop for September 21. Don't miss your opportunity to dance like Mr. Darcy or Elizabeth Bennet.

#MySouvenirStory Caroline, Summer Collections InternI adore live theater with all of my heart, + whenever I travel, I do...
06/27/2019

#MySouvenirStory Caroline, Summer Collections Intern
I adore live theater with all of my heart, + whenever I travel, I do my best to try + see a show. I keep + collect playbills as visual reminders of the stories I’ve seen, + the actors + theater techs who helped those stories come to life. I have playbills from New York, Chicago, college theater, high school theater, local theaters, + even a few from the shows I’ve been in!

06/21/2019

Huzzah - it’s FriYay! Grab your friends + toast to a historic weekend. What do you have planned?

#MySouvenirStory Anne, T.C. Williams H. S. Senior InternI don't know why I gravitated towards rocks specifically as the ...
05/22/2019

#MySouvenirStory Anne, T.C. Williams H. S. Senior Intern
I don't know why I gravitated towards rocks specifically as the perfect souvenir. When I was younger, I remember being obsessed with gem exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History...so maybe that's it. Now, rocks remind me of every single place I've been and the memories I've "collected" along the way.

We had a great evening last night at Congressional Cemetery for History by the Glass: Gadsby Vault. It was the 175th  an...
05/18/2019

We had a great evening last night at Congressional Cemetery for History by the Glass: Gadsby Vault. It was the 175th anniversary of John Gadsby’s interment and the first public unveiling of the restoration of the vault. A toast to our museum’s namesake!

Don't have plans this weekend? Need a last minute Mother's Day gift? Then celebrate the end of #OldTownCocktailWeek at G...
05/10/2019
Old Town Cocktail Week: Meet the Makers Virginia Spirits Tasting Event

Don't have plans this weekend? Need a last minute Mother's Day gift? Then celebrate the end of #OldTownCocktailWeek at Gadsby's on Saturday. Tickets are still available.

Please join us in exploring Virginia's diverse spirits industry! This event will feature Virginia-based distilleries, including Catoctin Creek Distillery, Copper Fox Distillery, Filibuster Distillery, KO Distilling, Murlarkey Distilled Spirits, and Vitae Spirits Distillery. Meet the Makers and drink...

05/05/2019

In honor of the #CelestialBall last night, dance master Corky Palmer composed a new English Country Dance to a familiar galactic tavern song. Enjoy #Maythe4thBeWithYou! #StarWars

The Celestial Ball is underway! #Maythe4thbewithyou
05/05/2019

The Celestial Ball is underway! #Maythe4thbewithyou

#MySouvenirStory: Sarah, Museum AidePins & buttons inspire happy memories. I have collected them pretty much all of my l...
04/27/2019

#MySouvenirStory: Sarah, Museum Aide
Pins & buttons inspire happy memories. I have collected them pretty much all of my life. They are small, typically inexpensive, and most places have them available. Whenever my friends or family go out of town, they always get me a pin from their far off locations.

As flames engulfed Notre Dame on Monday, many struggled to find the words to explain their sadness and shock. The Nation...
04/18/2019
Why the Cathedral of Notre Dame Matters | National Trust for Historic Preservation

As flames engulfed Notre Dame on Monday, many struggled to find the words to explain their sadness and shock. The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Tom Mayes speaks to this below and it is the very subject of his new book, Why Old Places Matter. Come hear Tom speak about this at The Lyceum on May 23 as part of Preservation Month. Tickets: AlexandriaVA.Gov/Shop

The tragedy and loss at Notre Dame reminds us that these places are part of who we are.

Gadsby's Tavern Museum's cover photo
04/11/2019

Gadsby's Tavern Museum's cover photo

Thank you for all your generous support yesterday during #Spring2ACTion. Although Team Water did not beat Team Fire (cle...
04/11/2019

Thank you for all your generous support yesterday during #Spring2ACTion. Although Team Water did not beat Team Fire (clearly the fire was chemical in nature), we all raised $8,000 to support Friendship Firehouse's Hose Reel. Soon it will be sent off to be restored thanks to you. Huzzah to that!

So far #TeamWater is beating #TeamFire - just like on February 22, 1868. The City Hotel had a fire but thanks to some qu...
04/10/2019

So far #TeamWater is beating #TeamFire - just like on February 22, 1868. The City Hotel had a fire but thanks to some quick-thinking fire fighters, they were able to jump to action and the damage was minimal. #ThanksWater Perhaps they used the Hose Reel? . http://bit.ly/TeamWater #Spring2ACTion

In 2015, we at Gadsby’s were not fans of water. A number of pipes froze, leaving damage in its wake. Water is great to...
04/10/2019

In 2015, we at Gadsby’s were not fans of water. A number of pipes froze, leaving damage in its wake. Water is great to extinguish fires, but frozen water is not great for historic buildings! Help #TeamWater raise funds for the Hose Reel that used water for good: http://bit.ly/TeamWater #Spring2ACTion

Good Morning from #TeamWater! As we raise funds for a 19th century device that could release 💦, a reminder that our c...
04/10/2019

Good Morning from #TeamWater! As we raise funds for a 19th century device that could release 💦, a reminder that our city would prefer to have water put out a 🔥, not be in the street! http://bit.ly/TeamWater #Spring2ACTion

We’re no strangers to flooding here in Alexandria so let those sweet donations flow in for #TeamWater for Spring2ACTion 2019. http://bit.ly/TeamWater

Tomorrow is Spring2ACTion! Join Team Water as we share interesting water facts throughout the day to 1) take down Team F...
04/09/2019

Tomorrow is Spring2ACTion! Join Team Water as we share interesting water facts throughout the day to 1) take down Team Fire and 2) raise funds for the restoration of the Friendship Firehouse Hose Reel. http://bit.ly/TeamWater

The countdown is on for Spring2ACTion on Wednesday! Did you know this was used to put out fires in the 18th century - a ...
04/08/2019

The countdown is on for Spring2ACTion on Wednesday! Did you know this was used to put out fires in the 18th century - a simple bucket filled with water? Help Team Water compete against Team Fire as we all raise funds for the restoration of the Friendship Firehouse Hose Reel. http://bit.ly/TeamWater

Gadsby's Tavern Museum is helping to raise funds for the restoration of Friendship Firehouse's Hose Carriage during Spri...
04/01/2019

Gadsby's Tavern Museum is helping to raise funds for the restoration of Friendship Firehouse's Hose Carriage during Spring2ACTion April 10. Over the coming days, we will be sharing ways to get involved, as well as information on fire, water, and this important local object!

Gadsby's Tavern Museum's cover photo
04/01/2019

Gadsby's Tavern Museum's cover photo

Have a budding historian in your household? Then don't miss the opportunity to have your child join our Junior Docents t...
03/29/2019
Junior Docent Applications due April 5

Have a budding historian in your household? Then don't miss the opportunity to have your child join our Junior Docents this summer - celebrating 10 years in 2019!

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is accepting 4th through 6th grade applicants for its next class of Junior Docents. As a Junior Docent, your child will learn the museum tour and give tours to the visiting public, sometimes in 18th century clothing provided by the museum. Due to its popularity, applicants m...

Today was the Historic House Forum at Patrick Henry’s Red Hill - and a special day too as it is the 244th anniversary ...
03/23/2019

Today was the Historic House Forum at Patrick Henry’s Red Hill - and a special day too as it is the 244th anniversary of his famous speech. We toured the grounds (including the kitchen where we saw some mounted sugar nippers like ours!) and viewed the marked cemetery of the plantation’s enslaved community. #VAM2019

The Museum staff are on their way to the Virginia Association of Museums conference in Lynchburg + stopped off at James ...
03/22/2019

The Museum staff are on their way to the Virginia Association of Museums conference in Lynchburg + stopped off at James Madison’s Montpelier. A great tour + excellent exhibit, “The Mere Distinction of Colour.” #VAM2019

#MySouvenirStory: Callie, Curator of CollectionsThe float pen - I am fascinated with how various sites incorporate theme...
03/18/2019

#MySouvenirStory: Callie, Curator of Collections
The float pen - I am fascinated with how various sites incorporate themes into tiny moveable art that drifts back and forth. They are portable, relatively inexpensive, and practically unbreakable - plus they actually write!

03/14/2019
Beef Steak Pie

In honor of National Pi Day, a fine beef steak pie!

Come join our team! Two different positions are available to share your love of history + your love of Alexandria! Guest...
02/25/2019
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Come join our team! Two different positions are available to share your love of history + your love of Alexandria! Guest Services Representative and Museum Educator positions are open through March 11.

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We are sad to share that longtime volunteer Peter Ryan passed away yesterday. He was instrumental in creating the Swords...
02/21/2019

We are sad to share that longtime volunteer Peter Ryan passed away yesterday. He was instrumental in creating the Swordsmen Rendezvous program for Cub Scouts, informed by his years as a scout leader. He also was a fixture at the Birthnight Banquet and Ball as Mayor Dundas for decades. He will be missed.

02/20/2019

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum will be closed today, February 20th. ❄️

A full evening of festive celebrations were enjoyed by all at last night’s Birthnight Banquet and Ball!
02/17/2019
Birthnight Ball 2019 - hancockphoto

A full evening of festive celebrations were enjoyed by all at last night’s Birthnight Banquet and Ball!

Jeff Hancock has been an SLR photographer for 26 years. His initial training was from a photojournalist. Jeff has been on the staff at the newspapers of Hawaii’s Punahou School and Duke University. In addition to photojournalism, he’s been active in a wide variety of genres. His photographs of t...

#MySouvenirStory: Michele, Assistant DirectorI caught the patch bug from Girl Scouts—it’s inspiring to see a sash fi...
02/14/2019

#MySouvenirStory: Michele, Assistant Director
I caught the patch bug from Girl Scouts—it’s inspiring to see a sash filled with all the cool things a girl’s done. I might not have a sash anymore, but I still love buying patches everywhere I go for my bulletin board. They make great conversation starters about where I’ve been!

History by the Glass is happening tonight! A cobbler, punch, and old fashioned all related to our history + our theme fo...
02/09/2019

History by the Glass is happening tonight! A cobbler, punch, and old fashioned all related to our history + our theme for tonight: ice.

Some people might think today’s Super Bowl involves two teams + a pigskin, however at Gadsby’s our Super Bowl is cer...
02/03/2019

Some people might think today’s Super Bowl involves two teams + a pigskin, however at Gadsby’s our Super Bowl is ceramic + painted with delicate flowers + vines. #SuperBowl

02/01/2019

A few tickets are still available for the Specialty Tour: Enslaved Labor at the Tavern tomorrow. Don't miss your opportunity each Saturday in February to learn this Complicated Hospitality and dive deeper into the stories, experiences, and archival traces of those enslaved by John Gadsby.

Left: 19th century fire fighting technology. 🔥 Right: 18th century version at the Tavern. Vote today + help Friendshi...
01/31/2019

Left: 19th century fire fighting technology. 🔥 Right: 18th century version at the Tavern. Vote today + help Friendship Firehouse restore the one on the left - http://wshe.es/LTR90pqr #VATop10

01/29/2019

Update: Tuesday night dance classes have been cancelled for this evening due to the inclement weather.

#MySouvenirStory: Liz, Director I love to collect souvenirs - like *a lot.* I had to buy a plastic buffalo wing keychain...
01/26/2019

#MySouvenirStory: Liz, Director
I love to collect souvenirs - like *a lot.* I had to buy a plastic buffalo wing keychain from Buffalo, NY. I needed a Mummer Troll from Philadelphia, PA. I do have my fair share of snow globes, shot glasses, spoons - and each piece of my collection embodies a place, unique experience, or special memory with family + friends.

Help our friends at the Friendship Firehouse Museum with your vote! Their 1858 hose carriage has been selected as a Virg...
01/22/2019

Help our friends at the Friendship Firehouse Museum with your vote! Their 1858 hose carriage has been selected as a Virginia Association of Museums Top 10 Endangered Artifact. Your daily votes can help them earn a $4,000 conservation grant. http://bit.ly/VAMTop10 Now through January 31.

01/15/2019

Update: Tuesday night dance classes have been cancelled for this evening.

Due to the inclement weather, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum will be closed today, January 13. James Madison will be reschedul...
01/13/2019

Due to the inclement weather, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum will be closed today, January 13. James Madison will be rescheduled to April 14’s Facetime with History joining Albert Gallatin. Stay safe and warm!

If you would ask Mr. Gadsby, this would be his favorite souvenir. What is your favorite memento you have picked up durin...
01/10/2019

If you would ask Mr. Gadsby, this would be his favorite souvenir. What is your favorite memento you have picked up during your travels? In the coming weeks, staff and volunteers will be sharing theirs. In the meantime, see Mr. Gadsby's magnet + more in the #Souvenir exhibit.

Gadsby's Tavern Museum's cover photo
01/04/2019

Gadsby's Tavern Museum's cover photo

On this day in 1801, Thomas Jefferson paid his bill at the City Hotel - $5.50 for dinner and lodging, in addition to 75c...
01/03/2019

On this day in 1801, Thomas Jefferson paid his bill at the City Hotel - $5.50 for dinner and lodging, in addition to 75c as tip to the enslaved hotel workers. Learn more about who he visited on this trip and why it was important to the political stages of the Election of 1800 during your tour of the museum. Photo courtesy of Jefferson's Account Book 1791-1803, NYPL The New York Public Library.

One space just opened up for the Federal Dress Workshop starting January 9 - grab your spot today!
12/19/2018
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One space just opened up for the Federal Dress Workshop starting January 9 - grab your spot today!

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12/13/2018

What do you collect when you travel? Magnets, spoons, or fun postcards like this one! While on tour at Gadsby’s, visit our new exhibit #Souvenir and learn about the mementos in our collection.

With a little bite in the air, Saturday is shaping up to be a perfect day to celebrate the holiday season. Don't miss yo...
12/06/2018

With a little bite in the air, Saturday is shaping up to be a perfect day to celebrate the holiday season. Don't miss your opportunity to drink some chocolate, dance, and explore your city during Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tours!

Happy Thanksgiving! From our bountiful table to yours - enjoy carrots, salad, wine, beets, and a beef olive.
11/22/2018

Happy Thanksgiving! From our bountiful table to yours - enjoy carrots, salad, wine, beets, and a beef olive.

Address

134 N Royal St
Alexandria, VA
22314

Take the BLUE and YELLOW lines to the KING STREET Metro station. Pick up the free trolley or take the AT2, AT5, or AT7 DASH bus for $1.00. The Museum is one block north on Royal Street from King Street.

Opening Hours

Monday 13:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

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(703) 746-4242

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