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Mission Statement

In recognition of our role as a historic resource for both residents of Alexandria and visitors, the mission of the museum is to teach the public about the history of the site, and to preserve the two historic structures. Supported by on-going research and professional standards, the Museum??? ? s programs, collections, and exhibitions create a varied and meaningful learning environment that addresses the needs and interests of our community??? ? s residents and visitors. Like the 18th-century purpose of the site, our goal is to play a dynamic role in the social, economic, and educational life of Alexandria, thus contributing to the City??? ? s identity and vitality.


Do you miss using your history degree? Are you passionate about early American history? Become a volunteer at Gadsby's Tavern Museum in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Owned and operated by the City of Alexandria, Gadsby's Tavern Museum consists of two buildings, a tavern built (circa) 1785 and the 1792 City Tavern and Hotel. Made famous by tavern keeper John Gadsby, notable visitors included George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams. The museum offers today's guests a variety of opportunities to learn about and experience tavern life in early Alexandria. Throughout the year, we present guided tours, educational programs, living history activities, and special events. All of these are accomplished with the invaluable assistance of our nearly 150 volunteers. Join us today, and help to share with the public one of Alexandria's and the nation's most historic sites! Volunteers participate in a training class and receive many benefits including free admission to over 30 sites in the Metro area.



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