The Lyceum: Alexandria's History Museum
In 1839, a group of gentlemen calling themselves The Alexandria Lyceum joined with the Alexandria Library Company to build a grand hall to provide a place for lectures, scientific experiments and quiet reading.
Eventually, the building itself became known as The Lyceum and, since that time, it has been a Civil War hospital, a private home, an office building and the nation's first Bicentennial Center. In 1985, The Lyceum became Alexandria's History Museum, providing exhibitions, school programs, lectures and concerts, volunteer opportunities and space for rental functions for the community. The Lyceum Museum Shop carries a wide variety of maps, books, note cards and special items related to Alexandria's history. The present-day Lyceum Company serves the museum as a membership and fund-raising organization.
SOLD OUT! No seats available. On Sunday, December 15, join the Colonial Handbell Ringers as they present their festive holiday musical show! Get into the holiday spirit as you listen – and sing along – with their performance of holiday classics using a long set of Whitechapel bells. One-hour shows at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Free, but reservations are required. Although both Lyceum performances are full, the Colonial Handbell Ringers will hold their final performance of the season on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Bowie Center for the Performing Arts in Bowie, MD; visit www.colonialringers.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Lyceum will be closed to the public on Thursday, November 28 for Thanksgiving, on Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25 for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and on Wednesday, January 1 for New Year's Day.
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This teapot, in The Lyceum’s Howard W. Smith, Jr. Collection, demonstrates the beautiful and high quality work produced by Charles A. Burnett. Burnett, born in Virginia in 1769 was working by 1790. Although the reference has been lost, according to tradition he advertised in Alexandria in 1793. Burnett moved his shop to Georgetown by 1800, where he produced and retailed silver for close to fifty years.