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The Lyceum: Alexandria's History Museum

The Alexandria Lyceum was founded in 1838 by a group of well-educated local men with an interest in improving public educational and cultural opportunities throughout the community. The following year, the group joined with the Alexandria Library to construct a new home for both organizations, the building known today simply as The Lyceum. This historic site has also served as a Civil War hospital ward, a private residence, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Nation’s first Bicentennial Visitor’s Center. Today, as the city’s history museum, the site offers exhibitions, public programs, a museum store, and facility rentals.

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Her Story: Women in Action for Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies

On March 12, celebrate women and learn about issues important to women and girls in your community at this special event!  Daisies, Brownies, and their accompanying adults will participate in hands-on activities, talk with a panel of Girl Scouts and discover how scouting empowered them, and add their own future goals to a timeline of Juliette Gordon Low’s story.  Register online or by calling The Lyceum at 703.746.4994.

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Featured Collection Item: Charles A. Burnett Teapot
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.
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Spotlight on History Newsletter
Download the latest issue of our digital newsletter for The Lyceum and Friendship Firehouse Museum here.
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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.

 Upcoming Events

The Lyceum Performance Calendar lists events from groups renting the the lecture hall, for concerts, lectures and meetings open to the public.

City sponsored events are listed below.

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