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Gadsby's Tavern Museum
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Rent the Tavern

Two Hundred Years of Entertaining

Meet in the same room George Washington met in...Drink in the same room Thomas Jefferson drank in. Gadsby's Tavern Museum was the center of Alexandria's social scene in the 18th century - and now these historic rooms are available to you and your guests for your own historic event! The Ballroom and Assembly Room with their elegant chandeliers and unique architectural features make Gadsby's Tavern Museum an ideal setting for your ceremony, corporate retreat, or next party!

General Information

Rental Space Floor PlanTwo rooms are available for rent in the Museum: the Assembly Room, located in the c. 1785 tavern, and the historic 18th century Ballroom, located in the 1792 City Tavern building. Click here to view the site plan.  All rentals require a non-refundable deposit to reserve your date.

Included in the rental fee:

  • 4' round tables (12)
  • 6' banquet tables (10)
  • White folding chairs (120)
  • Forest green tablecloths
  • Hurricane lamps, brass candlesticks, & ivory candles
  • Museum staff time to clean-up
  • Costumed guides (upon request)

Wedding Events

Gadsby's Tavern Museum is an ideal site for all of your wedding events from engagement parties to wedding receptions:

  • Celebrate your engagement with a dinner or cocktail party
  • Host unique showers with a luncheon
  • Have your rehearsal dinner in an historic setting
  • Celebrate your wedding ceremony in the elegance of the 18th century
  • Enjoy the intimate, candlelight atmosphere for your reception

The Museum's romantic setting lends itself to one-of-a-kind photograph opportunities, dining experiences, and floral arrangements. Picture dancing your "first dance" in the same room where George and Martha Washington danced. The experienced Museum staff can help you plan the perfect day! For additional destination wedding information, visit

Gadsby's Wedding Musicians Gadsby's Wedding Table Setting Gadsby's Wedding Floral Arrangement


  • Ceremony: (2 hours) -  $600
  • Reception: 1 Room (3 hours) - $1,000
  • Reception: Both Rooms (3 hours) - $2,000
  • Reception: 1 Room (5 hours) - $1,750
  • Reception: Both Rooms (5 hours) - $3,500


  • Ballroom
    • 90 ceremony
    • 72 seated dinner
    • 100 standing reception
  • Assembly Room
    • 65 ceremony
    • 40 seated dinner
    • 80 standing reception
  • Both Rooms
    • 112 seated dinner
    • 160 standing reception

Meetings & Professional Events

George Washington held meetings and attended parties at Gadsby's Tavern Museum and now you can too!

Plan a meeting at the Museum and enjoy the flexibility of our space with seating arrangements to meet your needs. Have a boxed lunch delivered or enjoy the convenience of dining at Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant.

For your next corporate party, holiday gathering or client reception, consider these unique historic spaces. The Assembly Room and Ballroom are well equipped to host any type of gathering or celebration.

Gadsby's Reception Gadsby's Meeting


  • Meeting (min 2 hours) - $600
    *Discounts are available for all day meetings
  • Reception: 1 Room (3 hours) - $1,000
  • Reception: Both Rooms (3 hours) - $2,000
  • Reception: 1 Room (5 hours) - $1,750
  • Reception: Both Rooms (5 hours) - $3,500


  • Ballroom
    • 90 lecture
    • 72 seated dinner
    • 100 standing reception
  • Assembly Room
    • 65 lecture
    • 40 seated dinner
    • 80 standing reception
  • Both Rooms
    • 112 seated dinner
    • 175 standing reception

Gadsby's red and white wineTavern Gifts

Need a wedding favor, corporate gift or just a thank you? Gadsby's offers a wide variety of products from  chocolates and wine to notecards and tavern wares as a special souvenir for your guests. Discounts are available on purchases of large quantities.  Contact the Rental Coordinator for more information.

Guidelines & Additional Information

The following guidelines will help you plan your event and ensure the preservation of our historic site.

If you have any questions please contact the Rental Coordinator.

Gadsby's Tavern Museum
134 N. Royal Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Fax: 703.838.4270

Tour Hours:
November to March:
Wednesday - Saturday
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday, Closed
Last tour at 3:45 p.m.

April to October:
Tuesday - Saturday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday and Monday
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Last tour at 4:45 p.m.

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
by appointment