Visit the Alexandria Archaeology Museum to learn how the City’s archaeologists, volunteers and students work with residents and developers to study and manage archaeological resources important to the community's past.
The main exhibit, Archaeologists at Work: The Lee Street Site, highlights one city block to provide a fascinating glimpse of Alexandria’s history and the way in which archaeologists study the past. Small “table top” exhibits feature other Alexandria sites and finds. Hands-on activities engage visitors of all ages.
Learn more about exhibits.
In 2014 the City of Alexandria celebrated the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Archaeological Protection Code, which has served as a preservation model for local jurisdictions across the nation. Learn more about the impact of this important legislation.
Opportunities to Participate
Summer Camp 2015 will take place from July 20 - 24, 2015. This popular program provides an opportunity for 12-15 year olds to work on a real archaeological dig. Read our 2013
Summer Camp Blog, see
Camp photos on the Alexandria Archaeology Museum's Facebook page, and think about applying for this year's camp!
Family Dig Days: The 2015 Dig Day schedule will be posted in the early spring. Help City archaeologists screen excavated soil during a real dig on the grounds of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial! Space is limited and reservations are required. This popular program fills early!
Diaries of Julia Wilbur, March 1860 to July 1866. Transcribed by Alexandria Archaeology, 2013-2014, from the originals in the Quaker Collection, Haverford College, PA. Julia Wilbur, a relief worker from Rochester, NY, came to Alexandria during the Civil War. She kept a detailed diary from the 1840s through her death in 1895. Alexandria Archaeology's transcriptions focus on the period right before, during, and after the War.
Contrabands & Freedmen Cemetery Memorial
The Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial was officially opened on September 6, 2014. Learn about the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial history and archaeology of the site, view the extensive news coverage of the commemoration ceremonies, and watch short videos about the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial on Comcast Newsmakers, of interviews with Char McCargo Bah, Audrey Davis and Francine Bromberg.
Archaeology at Contrabands & Freedmen Cemetery: Learn about the archaeological studies conducted between 1996 and 2007 that provided tangible evidence of the cemetery's survival after more than 125 years of neglect and destruction. Of the approximately 1,800 graves once located in the cemetery, more than 500 were identified through archaeological investigations. The goals of the archaeological investigations focused on the identification of burial locations to ensure protection during development, future maintenance of the site, and the recovery of information about the cemetery for use in the memorial design process.
Civil War Sesquicentennial Events and Information
Other News and Information
The Waterfront: The Alexandria Waterfront History Plan was prepared by the Alexandria Archaeological Commission as a general framework and direction for the City's Waterfront Plan. Learn more about The Historic Alexandria Waterfront.
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Schedule a group tour or program?
Comply with the archaeological preservation laws?
Obtain a Preliminary Archaeological Assessment?
Read site reports and publications?
Apply for an internship?
Sign up for Field School?
Keep up to date with Alexandria Archaeology?
Learn about Alexandria stoneware?
Alexandria Archaeology Museum105 N. Union Street, #327Alexandria, VA 22314703.746.4399Fax: 703.838.6491Email
Museum HoursTuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Sunday, 1 - 5 p.mMonday, Closed
Office HoursTuesday - Saturday9 a.m. to 5 p.m.by appointment