Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
Gadsby's Tavern Museum consists of two buildings, a ca. 1785 tavern and the 1792 City Hotel. The buildings are named for Englishman John Gadsby who operated them from 1796 to 1808. Mr. Gadsby's establishment was a center of political, business, and social life in early Alexandria. The tavern was the setting for dancing assemblies, theatrical and musical performances, and meetings of local organizations. George Washington enjoyed the hospitality provided by tavernkeepers and twice attended the annual Birthnight Ball held in his honor. Other prominent patrons included John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, and the Marquis de Lafayette.
Take a moment to journey back to the 18th-century tavern and hotel where famous historical figures and everyday people dined and slept. Learn about the history, architecture, decorative arts, social customs, food, and clothing of a past era.
- April 26: The Museum will be closed for tours starting at 1:30 p.m; the last tour of the day will be at 1:15 p.m. Sorry for any inconvenience.
- We are now accepting applications to audition for our next class of Junior Docents. Through the program, kids grades 4-6 put their historical knowledge, love for history (and talking!), and public speaking skills to the test as they give public tours of the Museum. Training provided. Applications due by Thursday, April 17 and auditions are Monday, April 21. Download an application here.
- Join in the City's commemoration of the War of 1812. For history, events, and much more, visit the Historic Alexandria Bicentennial website.
- Homeschool families! Don't miss the Museum's special programming through June. Download the Homeschool Day flyer for dates and themes.
- The Museum is looking for a few good volunteers. Please complete an online application and our volunteer coordinator will be in touch with the details.
- Restoration of the Ice Well is officially complete! Learn more about the Ice Well Restoration or see the progress through the Museum's Facebook page.
- Visit the Historic Alexandria Calendar for a full list of events.
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Other Important Links
National Historic Landmark | National Register of Historic Places
American Alliance of Museums