Journey back in history and marvel at the 18th-century tavern and hotel where famous historical figures and everyday people dined and slept.
Located at 134 N. Royal Street Alexandria, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum consists of the c. 1785 tavern and the 1792 hotel. The buildings are named after Englishman John Gadsby, who operated them from 1796 to 1808. The establishment was a center of political, business, and social life in early Alexandria and in the new federal city of Washington, D.C. Many gala events were held in the upstairs ballroom with lively dancing, theatrical, and music performances. Even our founding father, George Washington twice attended the annual Birthnight Ball held in his honor at the tavern.
Get to tour the museum, and enjoy their special programs and events that let you learn about the history, architecture, decorative arts, social customs, and clothing of this changing time in American history. The period food and craft beer will also carry you back to another era.
From April to October, the museum opens on Tuesday through Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm and on Sundays and Mondays 1 to 5 pm. On the other hand, from November to March, it opens on Wednesday through Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm and Sundays 1 to 4 pm.