Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum

Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum The Lyceum, built in 1839, is a historic site, community history museum, and venue for all sorts of public and private events in Alexandria, Virginia.
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05/10/2019

A little rain’s not stopping our concert tonight. Music until 8 p.m.!

McKain Lakey will start playing at Lloyd House in just a few. Great music until 8 p.m.! Donations accepted for the music...
05/10/2019

McKain Lakey will start playing at Lloyd House in just a few. Great music until 8 p.m.! Donations accepted for the musician - cash bar.

Registration is open for this summer's Clio’s Kids Mini-Camp! The theme for 2019 is travel and transportation - on the...
05/09/2019

Registration is open for this summer's Clio’s Kids Mini-Camp! The theme for 2019 is travel and transportation - on the first day of camp we decorate our own camp suitcase. Campers can put their souvenirs of camp in them each day, and then take them home at the end of camp! Camp runs July 16-18. To register or to learn more, call 703.746.4994 or visit AlexandriaVA.gov/Lyceum.

Raising funds for Virginia's top endangered artifact
04/08/2019
Raising funds for Virginia's top endangered artifact

Raising funds for Virginia's top endangered artifact

The City of Alexandria is showing off its firefighting past and present as it desires to raise funds for what some say is the state of Virginia's top endangered artifact.

Help us help our friends at Friendship Firehouse Museum conserve their 1858 Prettyman Hose Reel! #teamfire http://bit.ly...
04/08/2019

Help us help our friends at Friendship Firehouse Museum conserve their 1858 Prettyman Hose Reel! #teamfire http://bit.ly/TeamFire

Friendship Fire Company
04/07/2019

Friendship Fire Company

Having fun at today’s special “Fire & Water” tour featuring Alexandria Fire trucks and Archaeology’s excavated ship timbers! Open until 4 today - please join us! #Spring2Action #HelpOurHose. 116 S. Quaker Lane off of Duke Street.

Friendship Fire Company
04/06/2019

Friendship Fire Company

Having fun at today’s special “Fire & Water” tour featuring Alexandria Fire trucks and Archaeology’s excavated ship timbers! Open until 4 today - please join us! #Spring2Action #HelpOurHose. 116 S. Quaker Lane off of Duke Street.

Alexandria Archaeology Museum
04/04/2019

Alexandria Archaeology Museum

Join us this Friday and Saturday for the rare opportunity to see Alexandria’s historic ships! The bow stem of the biggest ship found will be on display and city archaeologists will be on hand to answer all of your questions! More details about the Fire and Water event at https://shop.alexandriava.gov/SelectEvent.aspx?eventid=6000416

Spring2ACTion Kick off Event & Tours - shop.alexandriava.gov
04/02/2019
Spring2ACTion Kick off Event & Tours - shop.alexandriava.gov

Spring2ACTion Kick off Event & Tours - shop.alexandriava.gov

Get excited for Spring2ACTion this year by learning more about Alexandria’s fire and water history. The family-friendly event will have hands-on activities and tours of historic and modern fire vehicles, as well as a behind-the-scenes viewing of the ship timbers found on the Waterfront in Robinson...

Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum's cover photo
03/29/2019

Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum's cover photo

Excellent lecture tonight by Tracy Robinson of the NSDAR!
03/13/2019

Excellent lecture tonight by Tracy Robinson of the NSDAR!

Join us for tonight's lecture “Ordinary Equality: The DAR from the Progressive Era to Women's Suffrage, 1890-1920” b...
03/12/2019

Join us for tonight's lecture “Ordinary Equality: The DAR from the Progressive Era to Women's Suffrage, 1890-1920” by Tracy Robinson, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Director of Archives and History. $10 at shop.alexandriava.gov. Free snacks with beer and wine for sale. Doors at 7 p.m., lecture begins at 7:30 p.m.

03/08/2019

Great music tonight at Lloyd House until 8 p.m. come join us!

03/08/2019

Lydia and Emily Martin warming up for tonight’s concert at Lloyd House. Come join us! Free snacks; beer & wine for sale; donations requested to support the musicians.

Important update on Friday's After-Work Concert at Lloyd House. Please join us!
03/04/2019

Important update on Friday's After-Work Concert at Lloyd House. Please join us!

Good news and bad news: The bad news is that the Julia Patinella concert this Friday, 3/8, will need to be rescheduled. The good news is that Lydia Martin will be performing instead at historic Lloyd House for this month's Alexandria After Work concert! Second Friday of each month, 6-8 pm, with free munchies and a cash bar. $15 suggested donation at the door. Take the free trolley from King Street Metro station! A joint presentation of Historic Alexandria, VA and FSGW.

02/20/2019
Historic Alexandria, VA

Historic Alexandria, VA

All City government facilities and museums will be closed on Wednesday, February 20th due to the storm.

We’re at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center for the 2019 Alexandria Wedding Showcase from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
02/17/2019

We’re at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center for the 2019 Alexandria Wedding Showcase from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Thank you to all who voted for Friendship Firehouse’s 1858 Prettyman Hose Carriage in VAM’s Top 10 Endangered Artifa...
02/09/2019

Thank you to all who voted for Friendship Firehouse’s 1858 Prettyman Hose Carriage in VAM’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts competition. Congratulations to all - great, worthy artifacts all. Thank you to VAM for a great program too!

02/08/2019

Alligator Pears on stage now. Come join us! Free snacks, cash bar, and great music until 8 p.m.

We are excited to share that the historic Prettyman Hose Reel received the MOST votes in the Virginia Association of Mus...
02/01/2019

We are excited to share that the historic Prettyman Hose Reel received the MOST votes in the Virginia Association of Museum's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts competition. We won the $4000 prize! THANK YOU to all who voted and spread the word for your support! #ConserveOurCarriage #VaTop10

Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum's cover photo
01/31/2019

Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum's cover photo

Today is the last day to vote for Friendship Firehouse Museum's 1858 hose carriage. It's a close race for #VATop10 and w...
01/31/2019

Today is the last day to vote for Friendship Firehouse Museum's 1858 hose carriage. It's a close race for #VATop10 and we need your help to Conserve Our Carriage! Please vote at: http://wshe.es/LTR90pqr. The two artifacts that receive the most votes win People's Choice Award conservation grants from the Virginia Association of Museums. And please join us tonight for a happy hour at Columbia Firehouse (109 S. St. Asaph St.) from 5-7p for food, a cash bar, trivia, and a chance to vote. Thank you for your help! #ConserveOurCarriage #HelpOurHose

01/30/2019
Friendship Fire Company

Thank you to Alexandria Fire Chief, Robert Dube, for his great video connecting the historic hose carriage to today's fire fighting technology. Today and tomorrow are the LAST DAYS to VOTE! http://wshe.es/LTR90pqr

And please join us tomorrow at Columbia Firehouse for a #HelpOurHose Happy Hour. Light refreshments, cash bar, and a chance to vote one last time! Help us #ConserveOurCarriage #VaTop10

Alexandria Fire Chief, Robert Dube, shares the history of the Prettyman Hose Carriage. Enjoy! Remember to Vote today at: http://wshe.es/LTR90pqr

Did you know Alexandria’s City Hall is a replica of the original building? The town hall and market originally dated f...
01/30/2019

Did you know Alexandria’s City Hall is a replica of the original building? The town hall and market originally dated from 1817 and included a clock tower designed by Benjamin Latrobe. A fire began in the early morning hours of May 19, 1871, flames ascended the clock tower which twisted and collapsed, spreading the fire within the structure until the building and nearby structures were a total loss. When a replica building was built the next year, fire resistant materials were used. Thank you to all who have voted in #VATop10 for the Friendship Firehouse Museum hose carriage. Please vote daily! #ConserveOurCarriage #HelpOurHose

Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum's cover photo
01/30/2019

Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum's cover photo

01/30/2019

Thank you to all who have voted for Friendship Firehouse Museum's hose carriage! It's a close race and we still need you help. The top two artifacts receive conservation grants. Please vote daily at http://wshe.es/LTR90pqr Thanky you! #ConserveOurCarriage #TransformationTuesday #VATop10

The Friendship Firehouse Museum's 1858 Prettyman Hose Carriage was originally quite colorful. Historic paint analysis, a...
01/29/2019

The Friendship Firehouse Museum's 1858 Prettyman Hose Carriage was originally quite colorful. Historic paint analysis, as seen in this photograph, has determined the carriage’s suspension, steering, and chassis were finished with a Prussian blue primer, topped with three layers of high gloss darker blue.

Analysis has also determined the foliage motifs decorating each side of the reel were gold leaf. The bell springs and sides of the reel drum were black. The wood wheel edging the reel drum and its spokes were painted a bright yellow. The carriage wheels were reddish brown with an outer band of yellow and yellow ray-shaped details that narrowed as they extended outward from the hub. It's #TransformationTuesday - please help us transform our hose carriage with a much-needed conservation grant from the Virginia Association of Museum's. Thank you to all who have voted! You can vote daily at http://wshe.es/LTR90pqr through Thursday. #VATop10 #HelpOurHose #ConserveOurCarriage

That’s Friendship Firehouse Museum's 1858 Prettyman Hose Carriage in the July 3, 1976 U.S. Bicentennial parade in Wash...
01/28/2019

That’s Friendship Firehouse Museum's 1858 Prettyman Hose Carriage in the July 3, 1976 U.S. Bicentennial parade in Washington D.C. The 20th-century Friendship Veterans’ Fire Engine Association continued the tradition of their forefathers and exhibited the hose carriage in parades, symbolizing the early fire company’s importance in the community and the memberships interest in supporting civic activities. Help us Conserve Our Carriage by voting for the hose carriage in the Virginia Association of Museum's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts at http://wshe.es/LTR90pqr #VATop10 #HelpOurHose

Our friends at Friendship Firehouse Museum are currently in third place in voting for Virginia’s Top 10 Artifacts. You...
01/28/2019
Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts 2018

Our friends at Friendship Firehouse Museum are currently in third place in voting for Virginia’s Top 10 Artifacts. You can vote daily through January 31. Please #HelpOurHose !

http://wshe.es/LTR90pqr

1858 Prettyman Hose Carriage The use of long fire hoses in the 19th century was a technological innovation. They replaced bucket brigades as a more efficient means to supply fire engines with a...

Friendship Fire Company
01/26/2019

Friendship Fire Company

“Oreo” stopped by today’s Open House to check out the Prettyman Hose Carriage! You can too! Open House in progress until 4 pm. Don’t forget to vote today! #ConserveOurCarriage

Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum's cover photo
01/26/2019

Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum's cover photo

01/24/2019

Our friends at Friendship Firehouse Museum have one of the Virginia Association of Museum's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts. Help us Conserve Our Carriage! You can vote daily at http://wshe.es/LTR90pqr through January 31. #ConserveOurCarriage #HelpOurHose #VaTop10

Voting for Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifact continues through January 31st!please go to http://wshe.es/LTR90pqr a...
01/23/2019

Voting for Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifact continues through January 31st!please go to http://wshe.es/LTR90pqr and vote for Friendship Firehouse’s Prettyman Hose Carriage. #HelpOurHose #ConserveOurCarriage #VaTop10 #ExtraordinaryALX

We are excited that Friendship Firehouse’s 1858 Prettyman Hose Carriage is a Virginia Association of Museums’ Top 10...
01/22/2019

We are excited that Friendship Firehouse’s 1858 Prettyman Hose Carriage is a Virginia Association of Museums’ Top 10 Endangered Artifacts nominee. Voting begins today and runs through January 31. Help us conserve our carriage! Vote early and vote often! vamuseums.org/virginias-top-10-endangered-artifacts.

01/13/2019

The Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum and Friendship Firehouse Museum are both closed today. The scheduled Friday Morning Music Club concert is also cancelled.

On this day in 1842, Dr. Valentine ‘Delineator of American Peculiarities and Eccentric Characters’ performed ‘COMI...
01/12/2019

On this day in 1842, Dr. Valentine ‘Delineator of American Peculiarities and Eccentric Characters’ performed ‘COMICAL AND QUIZICAL entertainments at the Lyceum Hall.’ Valentine was a comedian who performed routines as different stock characters. He is pictured here as Amaniah Trotabout, the Yankee Phrenologist, from his book "Dr. Valentine’s Comic Lectures or, Morsels of Mirth for the Melancholy."

01/11/2019

Leigh Beamer just took the stage for the 2nd Friday Concert Series! Great music until 8 p.m.

01/01/2019

One last video for the evening. Happy New Year from the Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum!

01/01/2019

Not So Modern Jazz Band at First Night Alexandria as well. Great way to ring in the new year!

01/01/2019

First Night Alexandria - Irish Breakfast Band dancers.

01/01/2019

Irish Breakfast Band as part of First Night Alexandria tonight

The Colonial English Handbell Ringers are about to begin their 4 p.m. show. We still have a few seats left!
12/16/2018

The Colonial English Handbell Ringers are about to begin their 4 p.m. show. We still have a few seats left!

12/14/2018

Meridian performing now at The Lyceum. Join us if you can - great music until 8p.m.!

Join us tonight for the Meridian Holiday Concert - 6-8p at The Lyceum! $5 - free for members of the Folklore Society of ...
12/14/2018

Join us tonight for the Meridian Holiday Concert - 6-8p at The Lyceum! $5 - free for members of the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. Refreshments and a beer/wine cash bar as well. Come out and enjoy some great music!

Come and share in the spirit and Joy of Chanukah at The Grand Chanukah Menorah Lighting in Old Town Alexandria, sponsore...
12/04/2018

Come and share in the spirit and Joy of Chanukah at The Grand Chanukah Menorah Lighting in Old Town Alexandria, sponsored by Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington. The Chanukah Festival will include lighting of a giant Menorah by community leaders and dignitaries, free raffle, professional family entertainment, free light stick for every child, delicious hot potato latkes, chocolate gelt, dreidels for all, and lively Chanukah music. NO Charge! The Festival begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information please call: 703-820-2770

Address

201 S Washington St
Alexandria, VA
22314

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 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

Telephone

(703) 746-4994

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