Gadsby's Tavern Museum

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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!

Happy Holidays from Gadsby’s Tavern Museum + Toby the Learned Reindeer!
12/25/2019

Happy Holidays from Gadsby’s Tavern Museum + Toby the Learned Reindeer!

It is with sad hearts that we share the passing of long-time volunteer Kathy Kelly. She was part of the Gadsby’s museum ...
12/22/2019

It is with sad hearts that we share the passing of long-time volunteer Kathy Kelly. She was part of the Gadsby’s museum family, sharing her love for history and this museum for decades, volunteering for everything from 18th-century fairs and Hauntings to Candlelight Tours. She was a founding member of Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society and continued to volunteer as she was able even through health challenges. The museum was a second home to her and her merry band of incredible friends – the Gadsbyettes. The whole museum community will miss her greatly.

Visitation will be at Everly-Wheatly at 1500 Braddock Road on January 2 from 4 – 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Kathy’s family is requesting donations be made to a cancer society or Gadsby’s Tavern Museum.

As the end of year comes to a close, Mr. & Mrs. Gadsby ask for some assistance! It has been 40 years since their last cl...
12/20/2019

As the end of year comes to a close, Mr. & Mrs. Gadsby ask for some assistance! It has been 40 years since their last cleaning and time has taken its toll. Help us restore, xray, and learn more about these two important collection items painted by the famous American painter (and their grandson) John Gadsby Chapman. To donate, visit https://shop.alexandriava.gov/MakeDonation.aspx?skuid=6005765

🎶 It’s beginning to look a lot like Yuletide…🎶 Tickets are still available for Yuletide by Candlelight this Saturday! Jo...
12/11/2019

🎶 It’s beginning to look a lot like Yuletide…🎶
Tickets are still available for Yuletide by Candlelight this Saturday! Join Carlyle House Historic Park, Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, and Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden for an evening full of historic festiveness.

Challenge a friend or family member to a game of Shut the Box. This and much more await you at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. A...
11/22/2019

Challenge a friend or family member to a game of Shut the Box.

This and much more await you at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. A perfect outing for Thanksgiving next week - or anytime!

11/21/2019

Step an English country dance and enjoy three centuries of stories in the historic ballroom.

Dive into one of the most popular stories at the museum – the Learned Pig – and don’t miss your chance to take a selfie ...
11/20/2019

Dive into one of the most popular stories at the museum – the Learned Pig – and don’t miss your chance to take a selfie with this 18th century super star!

Immerse yourself in the spaces and the stories of the tavern! Developed based on feedback from guests over the past two ...
11/19/2019

Immerse yourself in the spaces and the stories of the tavern! Developed based on feedback from guests over the past two years, this new experience allows you to journey through the museum at your own pace.

11/18/2019

The museum staff has a present for you that we will unwrap this week – years in the making! Follow along each day to discover the new Gadsby’s experience.

Congratulations to the Washington Nationals on your historic World Series win! To celebrate, we will dive into the City ...
10/31/2019

Congratulations to the Washington Nationals on your historic World Series win! To celebrate, we will dive into the City Tavern's large stock of good liquors to find our best Madeira to toast your success. A hearty huzzah to all! ⚾️🍾🦈

Mr. Gadsby has a message to share today:Current Tavernkeepers are calling me Grandpa Shark to send good cheers and good ...
10/22/2019

Mr. Gadsby has a message to share today:
Current Tavernkeepers are calling me Grandpa Shark to send good cheers and good luck to the Federal City's Washington Nationals in Game 1 of the #WorldSeries. Huzzah!

Featured in Visit Alexandria VA blog, tickets for the Female Stranger Beer dinner with Port City Brewing Company + the D...
10/03/2019
The Ultimate Guide to Halloween Happenings in Alexandria, Virginia

Featured in Visit Alexandria VA blog, tickets for the Female Stranger Beer dinner with Port City Brewing Company + the Death at the City Tavern tour are going like hotcakes - or as GW would prefer, hoecakes!. Snag tickets now if you dare. ☠️

Trick-or-treat at centuries-old sites, experience spine-chilling ghost tours and dress up the whole family (pups included) for Halloween festivities in Alexandria, VA.

This past Saturday, the museum was full of dancing and music for the Jane Austen Ball. Enjoy pictures from the evening!
09/25/2019
Jane Austen Ball 2019 - hancockphoto

This past Saturday, the museum was full of dancing and music for the Jane Austen Ball. Enjoy pictures from the evening!

Jeff Hancock has been an SLR photographer for 30+ 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 ...

Curator Callie is excited to show off our newest acquisition - a Gadsby silver dish cover! It matches others in the coll...
09/12/2019

Curator Callie is excited to show off our newest acquisition - a Gadsby silver dish cover! It matches others in the collection and has the signature Gadsby mark. 😍

On September 28, Gadsby's is partnering up with Emerging Revolutionary War for the "Before They Were Americans" Symposiu...
09/06/2019
Symposium Update

On September 28, Gadsby's is partnering up with Emerging Revolutionary War for the "Before They Were Americans" Symposium. Don't miss your opportunity to learn about many related topics, including Alexandria tailor William Carlin. Kate Gruber will draw on her extensive research into his vast business of clothing the town before and during the revolution. Tixs: https://shop.alexandriava.gov/Events.aspx

In today’s fifth installment of the September 28, 2019 symposium Before They Were Americans interview series, Katherine “Kate” Egner Gruber takes the spotlight. Gruber is the spec…

Did you know Gadsby's is hosting a special Revolutionary War Symposium this fall with Emerging Revolutionary War? Learn ...
07/18/2019
Symposium Update

Did you know Gadsby's is hosting a special Revolutionary War Symposium this fall with Emerging Revolutionary War? Learn more about one of our featured speakers + purchase your tickets at www.alexandriava.gov/shop.

Continuing to our build-up to the September 28, 2019 symposium Before They Were Americans, today we are highlighting Stephanie Seal Walters. Walters is a PhD Candidate at George Mason University. H…

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 e...
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 city...
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 of...
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...

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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.

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Wednesday 11:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 11:00 - 16:00
Saturday 11:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

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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 financed 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 programs and special events throughout the year. Plus keep up with our tavernkeeper Mr. Gadsby on Twitter - @JohnGadsby!


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Has the date for the Jane Austen Ball been determined and when will tickets be available?
https://janicecolehopkins.blogspot.com/2018/05/establishing-first-permanent-english_14.html Today is the anniversary of the first permanent English colony in the New World - - -
Hello. I see your events page lists nothing going forward. I wonder if there will be a Rum Punch Challenge for 2018?
Will there be a Civil War Ball this year?
What time are your guided tours today? thank you!
Photos from last night's Veteran's Ball are posted. Enjoy!
Photos from last night's Jane Austen Ball are posted. Please check them out! Let me know if you have any questions. [email protected] http://www.jeffhancockphotography.com/Events/Gadsby/Jane-Austen-Ball-2017
Great Food and fantastic atmosphere. Highly Recommend!
Hello, I am trying to contact a manager regarding field trip options. If you can have them email me ([email protected]) at their earliest convenience I would greatly appreciate it. Cheers! Chris